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Pop newcomers, political satires and feminist sing-alongs – here’s what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

We’re kicking off the first month of the season with new flavours of music, art and culture across Brisbane. From pop hitmakers to QAGOMA’s latest exhibitions, the hottest house music and workout classes, there’s plenty in store this weekend March 7 to March 10. Here’s what not to miss …

Mar 08, 2024, updated Mar 08, 2024

Self-care
Southbank’s community wellness space Flowstate has relaunched its free workout classes Feel Good – open to all age groups and levels. The Autumn series line-up features a range of trending workouts, designed to get you mindfully moving. Find peace and strength on the mat at a pilates class or power up at the adrenaline-packed power hour of body attack and Les Mills dance workouts. Start your Saturday at this riverside gym, with yoga kicking off at 7:30 am and followed by pilates and aqua aerobics.

If your new-year resolutions need some love, Studio Maverik is hosting another Still Life class this Thursday from 6:30 pm. The event lets you try your hand at a new creative outlet and immerse yourself in the world of still-life art. Open to beginners and BYO, an evening spent creating at Studio Maverik lets you disconnect and unwind with a new hobby.

Food & Drink
In celebration of International Women’s Day, The Regatta’s speakeasy The Walrus Club is toasting its team of female talent. Women in Walrus event on Friday night will feature an exclusive all-female bar takeover and cocktail-making competition to put the mixology team’s craft to the test. All proceeds from this fun-filled night will go towards Share the Dignity and its work to ending period poverty.

Middle-Eastern eatery The Green has launched its latest supperclub series Dark Green – taking over the James Street venue on Friday and Saturday nights. You’re invited to ‘Come for dinner, Habibi!’ with a family-style feast of plates like shanklish borek bathed in burnt honey with pickled grapes or the lamb backstrap paired with blackened eggplants, pomegranate and coriander. Spots are limited so secure your table early.

Music
Fresh off the back of the viral Saltburn-inspired cover, Royel Otis is bringing its indie-pop tunes of electric-guitar-plucked anthems to the Tivoli on Friday. The Aussie duo have a unique sound that fuses old-school Japanese pop records with ‘90s nostalgia for a renewed take on grunge.

No Fred Again tickets, no problem. Felons Barrel Hall’s subtropical dance party No Tomorrow is back with a line-up of DJs, spinning some sweet tunes to help you bid the weekend farewell. Dance away your Sunday to DJ Boring, fresh off a boiler room set at HOR London, new-age disco king Gerd Janson and many more party-starters that will take to the booth into the evening.

Exhibitions
Experience Japanese artist Hiromi Tango’s artist residency at Museum of Brisbane this weekend, showcasing the community-led project Gentle Petal. The multi-room installation features upcycled textiles for attendees to create flowers, which will then enliven the walls of the Adelaide Street Pavilion. Hiromi’s vibrant project aims to inspire healing through the social connection of creating together.

Across the river, QAGOMA’s blockbuster exhibition Fairy Tales continues for another weekend. Journey through its galleries of grandeur artworks and artefacts that explore the fantastical world of fairy tales. Childhood stories come alive at this curated collection – bound to delight kids and adults alike.

In the same precinct, QAGOMA also just launched its Seeds and Sovereignty exhibition. This collection showcases the Indigenous Australian Art Collection and considers the intricate relationships between plants, people and Country. Discover artwork by traditional and emerging First Nations artists and unlock the cultural stories, ceremony and Songlines – refined over millennia of caring for Country – embedded within this rich ecological world.

Around the river, Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art has opened its first exhibitions of the year, featuring a line-up of local and international artists. Discover African American artist Arthur Jafa’s poignant meditation on his history, life, and identity – which has been paired alongside the multi-medium exhibition from Australian-Lebanese artist Justine Youssef Somewhat Eternal. The final exhibition space is hosting Singaporean artist Dawn Ng’s video installation Avalanche which uses the motif of melting ice to consider time and memory. IMA’s newest exhibitions will be open to wander all weekend long.

Theatre and live events
For one weekend only, The Wharf Revue is returning to Brisbane for an Austen-tacious new production. The celebrated comedy group is taking on the classic Pride & Prejudice with its provocative political satire Pride in Prejudice. This tenacious takedown of Australia’s most well-known parliamentary figures promises razor-sharp wit and side-splitting laughs.

Experience the magic of the musical classic Beauty and the Beast the Musical at Lyric Theatre. With a sensational soundtrack penned by Alan Menken, this musical reimagines the beloved Disney film for the stage. The classic fairy-tale story comes to life with captivating sets and opulent costumes for a reverie of romance.

If the power ballads are calling you this International Women’s Day, Metro Arts is hosting FEMIOKE (feminist karaoke). Hosted by local feminist and karaoke desperado Amy-Clare, you’re invited to let loose this Saturday and belt all your favourite feminist tunes for a night of empowerment.

Markets
Start your weekend with a stroll, snack and shop at Brisbane’s best markets, boasting fresh-local produce, street food and bespoke goods. Riverside Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market, Jan Powers Farmers MarketsCarseldine Markets, Nundah Farmers Markets and the Redcliffe Markets are open and trading this weekend. For our night owls still craving the delicious market fare but hit ‘snooze’ and hit up Eat Street Northshore. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Events may be subject to be postponed or cancelled at the last minute. We do our best to remove cancelled events but be sure to check the organiser’s own event page for the most current updates.

Want more? Head to our comprehensive Event Guide for all of the fun around town where you can search by category, date, location and more!

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