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Containerval Festival 2013

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by Katie E (subscribe)
A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
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Free festival for foodies, fashionistas, film buffs & musos
Northshore Hamilton will be completely transformed for three weekends in November as host of Brisbane's inaugural Containerval Festival. A vibrant hub for inspiration and innovation will be created through the metamorphosis of shipping containers (hence the festival name) to performance spaces, pop-up retailers and exhibition studios. This free festival runs from November 2nd to the 17th with an exciting line up of live entertainment, markets, delectable foods and open-air cinema.

Shipping containers - Containerval Festival
The transformation from shipping container to festival space has begun, image courtesy of Containerval Festival


The Containerval Festival program of events has something on offer to suit everybody. Catch some of our favourite local music, dance and theatre performers. Headline acts include Thom Thumb, Spamology and Michelle Xen. Where else could you catch a morning theatre performance, a pumping Saturday night of DJ beats, and a chilled Sunday session all in the one location on the same weekend?

A major highlight for Containerval Festival is the Brisbane International Film Festival. A veteran festival in comparison to Containerval, this will be BIFF's 22nd year captivating Brisbane's film fraternity. The open-air cinema experience on November 14th, 15th and 16th will be perfectly suited to the Brisbane spring climate and will be a fantastic finale to the festival. Don't forget to bring along your picnic rugs, lawn chairs or beanbags and settle in for a relaxing night under the stars.

The fashionistas out there won't want to miss the suitcase rummage markets, fashion parades and creative retailers. Local designer Erin Lightfoot will feature with some of her stunning jewellery and ceramics pieces.

Erin Lightfoot - Containerval Festival
Erin Lightfoot's mesmerising designs, image courtesy of Containerval Festival


Get active with fitness sessions ranging from tai chi, to circus skills, to skating. There is even an intriguing top secret event listed on the program. To view the full program of events click here.

Aside from all of the programmed events, there are some big names appearing as pop-up retailers. The biggest being Jake and Elle from My Kitchen Rules delivering their unique style of Vietnamese street food with their container Chitty Banh Banh. Café restaurant food, Mexican delights, craft beers, and other tasty treats will also be tempting visitor's tastebuds.

Jake & Elle MKR - Containerval Festival
MKR's Jake & Elle, image courtesy of Containerval Festival


Design will play a major role in Containerval Festival thanks to QUT creative industries students. They have already begun the mammoth task of creating a festival atmosphere out of a vacant Northshore riverside lot. The transformation of used shipping containers for this purpose will be entertaining enough on its own. Visitors can look forward to an interesting final product and ultimately, festival space.

Since the urban renewal of this once working port, Northshore is fast becoming known as the place to shop, dine and be entertained. So it seems only fitting that a festival celebrating local creativity be held in this riverside precinct. Free parking will be available nearby, although visitors might like to consider getting there by bus or citycat public transport options.

Clear your November weekends because this is the festival you won't want to miss. Exciting, innovative, inspiring – not usually terms associated with shipping containers, yet Containerval Festival encompasses all three. Whether your passion is for design, culture, food, fashion or film, you won't be disappointed with the array of things on offer. Check the website for all the festival details and check the Facebook page for updates.

Containerval Festival
Image courtesy of Containerval Festival
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Why? Celebrate Brisbane's creativity in design, entertainment, food, fashion and film.
When: 10am-late (check website for weekend dates and times)
Where: Northshore Hamilton (next to the cruise ship terminal)
Cost: Free
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Well done on 3rd place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2181 days ago
What an interesting looking festival - thanks Katie.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2191 days ago
Uber cool - congrats on your Festival award!
by Jenny Pickett (score: 3|1686) 2181 days ago
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