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Published March 20th 2012
Five Free April Events in Brisbane
My last "Free" article gave you some tips for freewheeling your way through March and it turns out that April is another function free-for-all in Brisbane. So exercise your free will, and enjoy your free time freeloading at these community, charity, musical and art events throughout April.
For two weeks each year Ipswich sings, swings and celebrates at this popular community event. Stalls, artists in a range of musical and performance genres, fireworks and food all feature strongly.
When: Wednesday 25 April to 6 May 2012 Where: Various venues throughout Ipswich What's On: Highlights are Fire on the River fireworks display (Thursday evening 26 April) and Festival Parade and Top of Town Street Party (Saturday 5 May). There will also be live music performances, art exhibitions, theatre and multicultural celebrations over the two week period. More Information: Festival website here.
No, it's not a cookery course to teach you the fine art of creating lime marmalade. Green Jam sessions have showcased the talents of jazz students from Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium for a number of years and they continue in 2012. I caught the fine jazz vocal talents of Washington here when she still had a first name (Megan), and before she changed tack and became an indie sensation. You might be listening to the stars of tomorrow. No bookings required. Just turn up and select your patch of grass.
When: Friday evenings 13, 20 and 27 April from 5pm to 8pm. Where: QPAC's Melbourne Street Green, corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank. Artists: 13 April - Triplicity, 20 April - Cassie Goldbold Trio, 27 April - James Ball Trio.
When the kids have demolished the easter chocolate and you've cleaned up the foil wrappers then head out to Sirromet for an Easter event where you and the kids can run and jump off the effects of Easter indulgence.
When: Easter Sunday 8 April from 10am to 5pm Where: Sirromet Winery, 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton. What's On: Sausage sizzle, live music, jumping castle, easter egg hunt for kids. No BYO food and drinks.
Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular
This annual charity art event is a fully curated exhibition that features works by established and developing Australian artists and the bonus is that attendance is free. What you save on entry fees you can put towards your purchasing budget because all work in the show is for sale. Last year 35,000 people attended and bought more than $100,000 worth of paintings, watercolours, etchings and collages.
When: Friday 20 April to Saturday 28 April 2012. Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Weekends 9am to 4pm, opens 12 noon on Anzac Day 25 April. Where: Riverside Centre 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane Charity Beneficiaries: Cerebral Palsy League, Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children and Rotary Community Projects. More Information : Event website here.
Presented by the University of Queensland School of Music, these free classical music concerts at Brisbane's historic Customs House are on selected Sundays from March to June. Two concerts are scheduled for April.
When: Sundays 1 April and 29 April. Doors open at 11am, concert begins at 11.30am. Where: The Long Room, Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane. Artists: 1 April - Queensland Flute Guild directed by Patrick Nolan. 29 April - Shostakovich concert performed by Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg (piano), with Patrick Murphy (cello), Yoko Okayasu (viola), and Graeme Jennings (violin).