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Art and Cultural Events

In Queensland we celebrate all art forms, from theatrical to sculptural and fashion. We also see world-class touring exhibitions and shows at our museums, performing arts centres, local theatres and other venues. Check out the following events for your arts and culture fix.

Cultural Heart of Brisbane

South Bank in Brisbane has grown into the cultural heart of Queensland with the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Centre all within metres of each other. The precinct also includes the renowned Streets Beach, cafes, restaurants and weekend markets.

Queensland Art Galleries and Museums

From fashion exhibitions to interactive displays and historical artefacts, you’ll find art, history and culture in galleries and museums across the state. Be sure to visit these places for upcoming exhibitions and shows:

  • The South Bank Cultural Precinct (Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery and the Queensland Museum)
  • The Arts Centre Gold Coast
  • The Janbal Gallery in Mossman showcasing Indigenous artwork
  • Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Musicals and Theatre

The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) in Brisbane is the primary venue for touring musical and theatrical productions. With four stages; Lyric Theatre, Playhouse, Cremorne Theatre and Concert Hall, QPAC regularly hosts plays, the ballet, opera and broadway shows all year round. Other performing arts centres include:

  • The Powerhouse in Brisbane
  • The Arts Centre Gold Coast
  • The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley

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Upcoming art and culture events

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Gympie Music Muster

Amamoor, Gympie Area
23 – 26 August 2018
The Gympie Music Muster is Australia's favourite outdoor country music and camping festival. Held in the beautiful and normally peaceful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, this iconic Aussie music festival brings music and mateship together under one big open roof, offering an experience like no other.

Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
16 – 19 May 2019
The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival hosts free international and Australian talent annually across 20 outdoor stages and venues throughout Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. The free event, staged in the streets, parks and venues of Broadbeach over four huge days, throughout the popular Gold Coast hub will also feature plenty of talent from all genres of Blues music and is unique in its location with access to plenty of accommodation, dining, retail options.

Cooly Rocks On™ Festival

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
5 – 9 June 2019
Cooly Rocks On™ is an annual celebration of everything 50s, 60s and 70s bringing the colourful and vibrant beachside towns of Coolangatta and Tweed together for the ultimate party. Music, dancing, cars, nostalgia and good old-fashioned family fun are all on the program, right here in one of the best destinations in the world.

Australian Festival of Chamber Music

Townsville, Townsville Area
From AU$20 - 230
26 July – 4 August 2019
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music presents the finest musicians from around the world in a wonderfully unique and innovative ten day program of 30 concerts set in the tropical winter warmth of Townsville, North Queensland.

Horizon Festival Sunshine Coast

Caloundra, Sunshine Coast Area
24 – 25 August 2018
Experience the Creative Soul of the Sunshine Coast. Immerse yourself in 10 arts-fuelled days at Horizon Festival; featuring performance, visual art, music, street art, comedy, theatre, dance and new media.

BIGSOUND Festival

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Area
From AU$45 - 85
4 – 7 September 2018
BIGSOUND is Australia's premier festival of new music. BIGSOUND is where the world discovers Australian music. For four nights every September, a vibrant collection of musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from across the globe assemble in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley to witness the best new Australian music.

SWELL Sculpture Festival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
14 – 23 September 2018
Experience monumental and memorable sculpture at the 16th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival. Set amongst the iconic landscape at Currumbin Beach, explore over 50 large built by distinguished local, national and international artists.

Taste Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$0 - 150
15 – 16 September 2018
Taste Port Douglas is Far North Queensland's annual premier food, beverage and restaurant festival. Long regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the country, Port Douglas is also considered the culinary highlight of the region, home to a thriving restaurant and food industry.

Caloundra Music Festival

Kings Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$17 - 415
28 September – 1 October 2018
Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, The Living End, The Waifs and The Temper Trap head up an explosive list of first round artists locked in to perform at the 2018 Caloundra Music Festival. Enjoy four days of Sun, Surf and Soul at beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast, during the12th annual Caloundra Music Festival, 28 September to 1 October 2018.

Crush Festival Bundaberg

Bundaberg North, Bundaberg Area
From AU$0 - 120
5 – 14 October 2018
Crush Festival's 10-day program telling the stories of the Bundaberg Region through the arts. Crush offers new and innovative arts projects and performances. Indulge in literary learning, contemporary circus, outdoor music, children's activities, exhibitions, film festival, opera and cabaret all whilst experiencing the culinary delights and character of the Bundaberg region.
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