Provocative performances, festival fun and interactive art – here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

From iconic music reunions to endurance performances, Brisbane is serving up a stacked weekend of interactive art, fresh festival sounds and meet-the-brewer sessions. Start this new month with plenty of world-class culture, live shows and food fiestas from Thursday February 29 to Sunday March 3. Here’s what not to miss …
Mar 01, 2024, updated Mar 01, 2024

Seasonal Fruit is back to take over Felons with the Autumn Edition of this fresh festival series. With a stacked program of local and international bands like The Beths, Wednesday and more, spend a lazy Saturday on the riverbank, rocking out to live tunes and sipping a few of the brewery’s best beers.

The once-in-a-generation supergroup Yothu Yindi reunites to kick off ΩHM Festival this Saturday. Famed for its genre-bending style and provocative lyrics,  Yothu Yindi’s fusion of pop-rock and First Nation instrumentation has scored some of Australia’s most infamous historical moments. The band will be taking the stage for one night only, with old and new members playing its legendary hits from more than 40 years of music making.

On Sunday night, South-London-local Yussef Dayes is bringing his instrumentalist show of contemporary jazz to The Tivoli. The producer, composer and drummer crafts magnetic music during his exhilarating sets which are charged with spiritual energy and innovation. Witness this prolific polymath for yourself this weekend.

QPAC farewells its psychological-thriller Gaslight on Sunday, so there are only a few nights left to experience this bold retelling of the original 1938 play. As the original source of the term ‘gaslight’, this play follows the volatile relationship of a young married couple and questions whether the wife’s fading grip on reality is madness or manipulation. Secure your tickets to Gaslight now before it goes.

On Thursday, artist Micah Rustichelli’s latest show will explore the tie between self and social media with two endurance-based works – A Body Which Draws Itself and Demon Rhythm. For one night only, Micah invites you to explore these different ends of human obsession with rousing performances at Metro Arts of live drawing whilst enraptured in knots and cacophony of painted images stolen from the internet. Expect the unexpected with this provocative exploration on identity and image.

Beauty and the Beast the Musical has brought its nostalgic tunes and magical romance to QPAC for the first time. The classic Disney film has been reimagined for the stage with fantastical sets and mesmerising music by Alan Menken. Be QPAC’s guest and be captivated by the grandeur of this classic fairy-tale, performing at the Lyric Theatre until May.

Japanese artist Hiromi Tango begins her artist residency this weekend at Museum of Brisbane with the community-led project Gentle PetalLaunching on Saturday, this installation invites you to create flowers from upcycled textiles to set the Adelaide Street Pavilion abloom. The pastel-painted gallery spaces have come alive with Hiromi’s vibrant art style, which aims to inspire healing through social connection.

Across the river, QAGOMA’s blockbuster exhibition will transport you to the fantastical world of fairy-tales. Our cherished childhood stories come alive at the curated collection of artefacts, artwork and installations. A wander through this wonderland will enchant kids and adults alike – telling new perspectives on these age-old stories.

In the same precinct, take a trip North with Queensland Art Gallery’s latest exhibition North by North-West. This collection celebrates art sourced from the Countries of northern Australia and reveals the diverse artistic tradition, songlines and ancestral ties depicted by classic and contemporary First Nation artists.

Institute of Modern Art has joined forces with the experimental musicians Coo for a series of mind-bending performances this Thursday. Paracusia I showcases the visceral sonic force of local experimental-music scene powerhouses—Yvette Ofa Agapow, Ross Manning and Mong Mong. This trio of sound artists offer a unique opportunity to traverse auditory hallucination from Brisbane’s Brunswick Street gallery.

Food and drink
Howard Smith Wharves is celebrating the final days of its ten-day fiesta for Margarita Week this weekend. The precinct’s favourite restaurants will be shaking up sweet, sour and salt-rimmed deliciousness with new margarita infusions. Over the weekends, chef Louis Tikaram – Stanley frontman and ex-West Hollywood resident – is serving up taco truck fare on the Main Lawn. Feast on LA-inspired street food and unwind in the Patrón Garden alongside a mariachi band and pinatas.

This Friday, Treasury Brisbane is hosting a special edition of Woodfired Fridays in collaboration with award-winning Sunshine Coast brewery, 10 Toes Brewing. Treasury Brisbane is firing up the pizza oven in time for knock-off and welcoming the young-gun brewer Josh Batten for a rare meet-the-brewer event. Chat to Josh about all things beer and feast on slices fresh from the fire from 4:30 pm.

Brookfield fine-dining establishment Wild Canary is hosting a four-course dinner in collaboration with Byron’s beloved distillery Brookie’s Gin this Friday. The menu has been designed by executive chef Glen Barratt and paired with a curated selection of gins. Hosted by Brookie’s CEO Eddie Brook, this dinner lets you unlock new flavours and understandings of the classic spirit.

NRL kicks off its season this Sunday with the first game of its premiership – hosted for the first time under the bright lights of Las Vegas. Treasury Brisbane’s LiveWire 24/7 Sports Bar is celebrating with a super-sized watch party, complete with American-inspired snacks, ice-cold tipples and, of course, all of the footy action live and loud on the big screens. Cheer on your team and keep energy high for halftime entertainment featuring live music and hot dog eating competitions as well.

Brisbane’s best markets are setting up for another weekend of local produce, street food and bespoke goods. Take in the sunlight and supercharge your weekend at Riverside Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market, Jan Powers Farmers MarketsCarseldine Markets, Nundah Farmers Markets and the Redcliffe Markets. For our night owls still craving the delicious market fare but need a sleep in, Eat Street Northshore is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

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