Yay - they're back. I am a regular visitor to these popular markets. Head to the centre of Brisbane's CBD from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm to catch the BrisSyle Twilight Markets with free entry. (You can thank me later). So, experience this unique Brisbane-based marketplace selling 100% handmade goods which features over 80 local designers. You can meet the actual artists, artisans and makers during an evening wandering around King George Square and wrap up all your gift shopping in one place. And buy yourself a pretty pressie at the same time.
Visually Stunning Stallholders (May Cross)
You'll enjoy strolling around in the open-air to see a diverse variety of stalls showcasing the best of locally-based designers. You can admire artisans' hand-crafted goods adjacent to Brisbane's beautiful City Hall. You can expect a unique range of contemporary clothing and adorable accessories, inspiring artworks to adorn your abode, cleverly crafted ceramics, collections of jewellery and more.
Brisbane's Beautiful City Hall (May Cross)
BrisStyle is a not-for-profit organisation which hosts events year round to provide the many Brisbane's artists and makers with opportunities to grow their businesses. "By supporting Brisbane-based designers and buying directly from the maker, you're not only giving much-needed support to the local creative economy, you're also giving a unique handmade piece to someone special," said Operations Manager Belinda Harris.
I hope you discover troves of treasures and also satisfy your desire for more environmentally friendly shopping. From the lovely laser-cut earrings by Elise Apples to handy handmade wired head-wraps by Housewife Designs, your gift giving is sorted. If home and decor is more your thing, you can get a few gorgeous glittery coasters by local Lovell Jewels or some reusable food-wraps for a plastic-free kitchen. Queenie's Beeswax Wraps are made in Australia from 100% beeswax, resin and coconut oil. They are reusable, washable and a natural alternative to plastic wrap.
Queenie's Beeswax Wraps (image from web)
As always, there will be food trucks with yummy treats and meals as well as live music. Why night make a night of it and be entertained and fed while you browse? There is also a FREE craft workshop where you can make your own arts and craft project to take home and keep.For further information, click here.
Since 2011, BrisStyle has been hosting its Twilight Market in beautiful Brisbvegas with the support of Brisbane City Council. You too can show you support for local artisans and designers and take away some wonderful wares. Happy shopping!
There is an historical significance to markets. Before shopping centres, (and well before online shopping!) the marketplace was where traders would introduce their wares to the world. Traders would gather the foods and treasures they had made and take them to markets to showcase to their neighbours. The market was a place of cultural learning and discovery. BrisStyle continues this tradition, selectively inviting artisans who exhibit their range of wears, artistic knowledge and authenticity that they hold precious to the market as a cultural institution.