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Brisbane Festival 2011

We are just over a week away from the launch of the Brisbane Festival.

The three-week festival runs from 3 September till 24 September and offers some of the most interesting, inspiring and cutting edge art and entertainment the city, the country and the world has to offer. Experience and delight in the offerings to be had from dance, theatre, opera, classical music, visual arts, circus, sideshows and contemporary music. There’s surely something on to tempt the creative within.

This year is set to be a landmark year with the 2011 programme boasting four world premieres, five Australian premieres and eleven international productions. What more could the creative, art minded and everyone in Brisbane ask for, especially with an extensive range of both free and ticketed events.

The Festival’s opening extravaganza will set the city a light, with the famous and colourful fireworks display Riverfire, a not to be missed highlight on the Brisbane calendar. The light theme continues throughout the Festival with the introduction of an exciting new show, Santos City of Lights, the first laser light show of it’s kind in Australia.

To find out what’s on offer at this year’s Festival and to see a full programme, checkout www.brisbanefestival.com.au.

Yours in festivities
Dawn

Splendid art at Splendour in the Grass

As one of the 30,000 or so people donning my gumboots for Splendour in the Grass this weekend, I’m getting excited not only for the big acts, but also for the inspiring Spendour arts scene. This year there will be a range of interactive, digital media, street art, sculpture, peformance art and installations from Australian and international artists.

As part of Splendid (a partnership between Lismore Regional Gallery, Northern Rivers Performing Arts and Splendour in the Grass) artists, Jimmy McGilchrist and Lachlan Dowd will produce an interactive digital media project called Curious Creatures. Strange and beautiful creatures will be projected from the surrounding woods onto the festival fence line, as they roam the perimeter and respond to the actions of passers-by.

Another Splendid project is Close Encounters, by artist Jordana Maisie. A huge 6.5m UFO hovers over the crowd, with its mirrored surface reflecting the world around it. The crowd is invited to send a text to the phone number provided and have their message enter the dialogue appearing on the LED screen that wraps around the edge of the object.

Can’t wait! See you there!

Yours in festival arts,
Anya

London iTunes festival worldwide

The iTunes Festival 2011 festival kicked off in London yesterday (July 1st). This is an incredible live music festival running for 31 nights and includes spectacular live performances by 62 artists, all at one venue, the Roundhouse in London. The line up includes some great artists including Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Adele Linkin Park, Paul Simon and many more.

Every ticket to the iTunes Festival is free – you simply need to go to www.itunesfestival.com and click on the ‘Apply for Tickets’ button. If you’re lucky enough to be in London or know someone there, who doesn’t know about this event, then try your luck for a ticket.

The thing I find really exciting though, is the fact that if you can’t join in the fun (like me), you can watch the shows lives with iTunes on your computer, or with the app you can download. It’s further proof of how far the internet and technology has developed and something I still sit in awe of, that no matter where you are in the world you don’t have to miss out on all the fun.

You can also watch past performances anytime. So even if you can’t be amongst the crowds enjoying the music live, you can be apart of the festival anywhere in the world and at least enjoy watching some of the amazing artists.

Yours in music festivities,
Dawn