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Published January 22nd 2017
The Best Things in Life are Free
Ink Remix for Kids (by Museum of Brisbane)
Feed the mind, body and soul in Brisbane with a feast of free events, activities and exhibitions. In February, highlights range from a Japanese cultural festival, yoga in the park and pop-up art shows to sporting workshops for children, outdoor music sessions and cinema special events. Plan for free fun in February with this shortlist of Brisbane's best.
INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
Daily, 10am to 5pm until 19 February
Considered Asia's most expressive and dynamic art form, Chinese painting and calligraphy is transformed with contemporary artists experimenting with video, animation, photography and printing to create exciting new works representing the rapid pace of change in the region. The Ink Remix exhibition is hosted in the East Gallery of the Museum of Brisbane. There is also a specially curated Ink Remix for kids aged 4-12.
Cheer for our state's cricket team, the Queensland Bulls, at the Gabba as they compete against the Tasmanian Tigers, with Australian batsman Usman Khawaja eager to excite fans before the Australians tour India.
Live Kirtan Fridays, 6pm - 8pm
In the Mantra Room at 236 Montague Road, West End, the world's first exclusive Kirtan venue, experience the resonating rhythms of expressive music and transcendental chanting, creating an enchanting atmosphere for a special form of group meditation.
Japanese Festival 11 February 3pm 8.30pm
In Kisaragi-Sai in the Roma St Parkland, the complex and varied elements of Japanese culture and society are presented through food, music, dance, bonsai (tree growing as an artform), Aikido "the way of harmonious spirit" martial arts, origami (paper folding), ikebana (flower arranging) and Kamishibai storytelling.
Asmy - Deep Peace Class Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 5.30pm 6.15pm
Experience peaceful relaxation with ancient yoga practices guiding your breath, mind and body to feel bliss and peace during a hectic working week. Asmy sessions are hosted at 236 Montague Road, West End.
Yoga 27 February 5.45pm 6.30pm
On the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank, be guided by a qualified instructor to discover the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of the ancient practice of yoga. Enjoy the flowing sequence of yogic positions, strengthening muscles as your flexibility and posture improve. View the Medibank Feel Good Program.
Social media's stream of consciousness dialogues would make James Joyce blush. As this new phenomenon records our memories, replacing nostalgic images and thoughts with selfies, tweets and hashtags, The Mnemonic Mirror questions our memories. How, what and why do we remember what we do? 12 contemporary Australian artists have created works hosted at the Griffith University Art Gallery on 226 Grey Street, South Brisbane. It's sure to be memorable...
Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts Tuesdays throughout February 12pm - 1pm
Enjoy a free tribute and nostalgia concerts in the Brisbane City Hall on 64 Adelaide St. On the 14th, celebrate the romance of Valentines Day with The UK Bee Geez, charting the musical journey of the Gibbs brothers. On the 21st, Jaleos Flamenco bring the passion and grace of flamenco dance, song and guitar strumming to the hall and on the 28th, the Andrews Sisters Tribute Band perform a tribute to our favourite songs during the 1940s and 50s, sustaining us during and after World War II.
Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything Throughout February
To celebrate the Gallery of Modern Art's 10th Anniversary, Sugar Spin features over 250 contemporary artworks exploring our links to the natural world. Challenge your perspective of light, colour and movement with exciting pieces, large and small, immersive and overwhelming. The exhibition is on display at the Queensland Art Gallery in Stanley Place.
Grace Chang: Modern Songstress Film Series Sunday 12, 19 February 10am 11.45am
See the songstress of Hong Kong cinema, Grace Chang, in alluring films at the Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre. Hong Kong's unique status in Asia, mixing east and west, old and new, regional and urban, is captured in her evocative on-screen presence. On the 12th, you can see Grace starring in the 1959 feature Our Dream Car. On the 19th, the 1960 film Because of Her will be presented. To book, visit SunPAC.
GLASS: art design architecture Throughout February
If you're accident-prone near fragile objects or the risk of glass loudly smashing into infinite pieces terrifies you, GLASS may be the exhibition to cure your fears. In the Art Museum of the Queensland University of Technology, award-winning architects and artists have created colourful glass displays exploring our use of the medium to shape our landscapes into modern cities with towering skyscrapers and intricate jewellery.
City Sounds Throughout February
Australia's largest free music program presents rock, pop, jazz, electronica, blues, country and alternative tunes from local and touring artists. In South Bank each Saturday from 3pm 8pm, performers include Candice Dianna, jazz from Tenille West and pop by Sophia Koop. In the Wintergarden on Queen St Mall on Thursdays and Fridays, acoustic pop by Andrew Redford, gypsy jazz from Cigány Weaver and lyrical folk by O' Little Sister feature. View the full program at the City Sounds website.
Free Sunshine on the Story Bridge (by Visit Brisbane)
Little Days Out 2 February 9am - 1pm
In the Rainforest Green in South Bank, children can join a workshop to create their own sandy masterpiece, using layers of bright, coloured sand, preserved with lamination to protect a unique souvenir. No bookings necessary children can arrive at any time during the session to tap into their creative streaks. Visit the Little Days Out site for details.
Lost Cinema: Queensland Discoveries 5 19 February, 10am
Before digital downloads and CGI, silent cinema, recorded on reels of film, was projected onto Queensland's cinema screens before the prints were destroyed by environmental damage, recycled or lost in storage. A keen film-buff has discovered four silent films from the 1910s and 1920s, thought lost but now restored and preserved for viewing by a new generation, accompanied by music streaming from a 1929 Wurlizer organ, played live in the cinema in the GOMA in Stanley Place. The films include Italian tales The Redeeming Angel and Prisoner of the Owls, the German White Desert and the American feature Seven Sinners.View the details at the GOMA website.
Rugbytots and Storytelling 9 February 9am - 1pm
Children can build their confidence with rugby without the heavy tackling associated with the adult game as they safely kick, catch, run and score tries. Beside the sports field, our local libraries will host an interactive story time with books, rhymes and songs. Visit the Little Days Out site for details.
Handmade Market 25 February
At the Old Redcliffe Fire Station on 395 Oxley Avenue, a curated selection of the loveliest handmade items in Brisbane are on show, available to view or buy if they become 'must-have' additions to your home. While jewellery, plants, scrapbooks, cushions, blankets, baskets, crocheted gifts and colourful picture frames are on show, local musicians strum guitars and sing peaceful tunes. Visit Handmade Redcliffe for info.
Pop-up Art 26 February
Sculptures, portraits, landscapes and contemporary sketches are displayed along the boardwalk beside the Sandgate Foreshore. Enjoy the atmosphere, treat yourself to refreshments and lunch and purchase a piece of original local art for your home or office. Contact John on 0438 690 958 for info.
BalletFit 28 February 5.45pm 6.30pm
Amongst the fresh breezes and lush green landscape of South Bank Parklands, enjoy a healthy relaxation and stretching session combining aspects of ballet and pilates to strengthen your core, leg, back and arm muscles. Join the qualified instructor on the Little Stanley Street Lawns in South Bank. View the Medibank Feel Good Program.
Which free event or activity are you most looking forward to in February 2017? Please let us know with a comment.