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It's not all beer, barbecues, lamingtons and thongs
This Australia Day all your festivities are wrapped up in one neat Australian flag-draped, outdoor, riverside parcel with South Bank's Australia Day Festival. With live music, a flag raising ceremony, a twenty-one gun salute, an aircraft flypass, children's activities and a fireworks display to top it all off, this free community event will be Brisbane's patriotic party par excellence, and all of Brisbane is invited.
While Australia Day is a time to reflect on what we value as a nation, it's also a time to celebrate our state as well. As the official Brisbane Australia Day Queensland event, the Australia Day Festival at South Bank is supported by both the Queensland and Australian governments through the Australia Day Council. Some of Queensland's own Australia Day Ambassadors will also be in attendance.
Did you know that on Australia Day over half of Australia's population attends a community event, getting together with other Australians for a formal (well, as formal as an Aussie celebration will ever be) recognition of our national day? So, it's not all beer, barbecues, lamingtons and thongs.
The festival will have a very Queensland focus in its entertainment and activities all throughout the South Bank Parklands. South Bank's central location, numerous performance and activity spaces, and fond place in the hearts of Brisbaneites make it the ideal venue for this festive demonstration of national pride.
Celebrations kick off at 10 am and run right through the day into the evening, concluding at 7.30pm with yet another fireworks display lighting up the skies over the familiar Brisbane River.
The Cultural Forecourt is the venue for the traditional Flag-Raising Ceremony, which begins at 11.15am and is an important recognition of the role of the Australian Defence Force. Attended by the Queensland Governor, Queensland Premier and Brisbane's Lord Mayor, the ceremony will feature the raising of the the Australian, Queensland, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, and will be followed by a RAAF flypass and a thundering twenty-one gun salute. I dare you to get through this solemn ceremony with dry eyes.
At 12.15 the Piazza will be the venue for a Celebration of Faiths event, and later will host the musical entertainment headlined by the ever popular Evermore, folk pop duo Busby Marou ( Jeremy Marou and Thomas Busby) and Brisbane indie folk group, Art of Sleeping.
Amongst a host of other activities will be the Triple M Wife Carrying Competition, entertainment by a range of community groups and kid's activities with an Aussie theme.