Brisbanites, make sure your security plan is in place and you are ready when the G20 hits town. That's right, you must plan to make sure you are secure in the knowledge you will enjoy the most fun you'll ever have for free!
The G20 Cultural Celebrations will showcase Brisbane to the world and provide a 'Thank you' to all Brisbanites for hosting the G20 Summit. The cultural program features hundreds of free community events including live music, interactive lighting and projection displays across Brisbane city. There will also be pop-up dance performances, street performances, community BBQs and multicultural community events. The program is set to run for three weeks commencing on Friday 24 October, 2014.
With opening night almost here and, to help in your planning, six of the best (because five is just not enough) must-attend, free events in Brisbane over the first weekend of celebrations are set out below.
1. Opening Night – Friday 24 October; 5.30pm to 7.00pm
Celebrations to start the festivities kick off on Friday, 24 October at The Courier-Mail Piazza. This is going to be a 'best-of' highlights package including A Welcome to Country ceremony, and performances from Robert Forster, William Barton, ACPA singers and the top Latin band, Chukale. The night of entertainment includes an impressive lighting and laser projection across the city. There will be no better way for you to find your groove for the next three weeks of festivities.
2. Colour Me Brisbane –24 October to 9 November; 6.00pm to 11.00pm Colour Me Brisbane is an interactive light and projection display commencing on Opening Night and running until November 9. The spectacle allows you to paint the city using your own virtual palette of vibrant colours. You and your friends will see Brisbane's most recognisable landmarks transform in line with your artistic inspiration.
The fun from this event is spread around and you can join in at South Bank, QPAC, Courts Lawn, King George Square, Queens Park, Parliament House and the Riverside Centre Plaza. Wherever you are, you can have an input.
3. Emma Louise - Saturday 25 October; 7.30pm Brisbane's own internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Emma Louise returns to her old stomping ground to perform a one-off show at The Hi-Fi, 125 Boundary Street, West End on Saturday 25 October. Here is the perfect opportunity to catch Emma Louise and hear her latest single she wrote from memories of her childhood growing up in Brisbane's West End. This is a free, 18s + and over event not to be missed.
4. Changing Face of Brisbane – 24 October to 9 November; 6.00pm Opera Queensland will entrance nightly audiences with Verde choruses brilliantly performed against a moving backdrop of sound and light. From the balconies of the Treasury Hotel and overlooking Queens Park in central Brisbane the performances will be part of the sound and light show entitled, The Changing Face of Brisbane. This spectacle will feature moving projections of Brisbane scenery, lifestyle and landscape and will act as the centrepiece of the city-wide light, laser and projection display, Colour Me Brisbane.
Change the Colour to Change the Buildings to Change the City
5. Skill@Will - Saturday 25 October; 5.00pm to 10.00pm Skill@Will is all set to provide five hours of enthusiastic, live entertainment; this will be so energetic just watching it will make you sweat (or, 'glow' if you are a lady). King George Square will come alive with over 100 breakdancers from all over the country as Skill@Will reaches a significant milestone in its inspiring journey, their 10 year crew anniversary. The show features street art, DJs, breakdance competitions and MC shows. This is definitely going to be, if not the biggest breakdance jam Australia has witnessed, then it'll be the best. It is a true hip hop celebration.
6. SpringFlare - Sunday 26 October; 11.00am to 7.00pm SpringFlare unites Brisbanites in a vibrant display of human spirit as Australia's biggest colour festival. The action bursts on to the Brisbane Riverstage on Sunday, 26 October. Hourly colour countdowns, starting at 11.00am and continuing on until 2.00pm, will see people of all ages invited to throw colour powder over all those around. In between countdowns other festivities, such as, performances, food and activities by Brisbane's multicultural communities will entertain the crowd and a live music program featuring Brisbane's best emerging talent kicks off at 2.00pm and rocks on until 7.00pm.
In my day 'six of the best' was dealt to you by the headmaster and was not something to look forward too. Fortunately, 'my day' is long gone and now, six of the best, means fun, entertainment, friendship, dance, colour, spectacle and, above all, it unites Brisbanites!