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Brisbane's event calendar is over-flowing all year round with everything from home game matches to international sport clashes, community-led art shows to exclusive blockbuster exhibitions, live gigs to sold-out music festivals and everything in between.

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A Room for Wild Animals

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
From AU$11.50 - 44.50
25 February – 26 November 2017
Get up close to 20 taxidermy specimens including big cats, bears and deer. In this Ipswich first, these large specimens have been pulled out of the Queensland Museum vaults so we can learn more about them.

19th and 20th Century Works

Ipswich Area
Free Entry
18 March 2017 – 14 October 2018
View some of the finest pieces from the Ipswich Art Gallery’s collection of 19th and early 20th century fine art and folk art, as well as contemporary works reflecting Ipswich’s heritage. Visit the upper level to see exceptional works such as the mid-19th century cedar sideboard crafted by George Dowden for the Cribb family’s historic Ipswich residence ‘Gooloowan’, Australian paintings such as Frosty morning by key Australian landscape painter Elioth Gruner, and the exquisite Australian wildflower tea service designed by renowned Australian botanical artist Ellis Rowan.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$12 - 55
23 June 2017 – 28 January 2018
In an Australian exclusive, Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is an international touring exhibition that will only be appearing at Queensland Museum. The exhibition features more than 120 artefacts, interactive games and displays to reveal who gladiators were, where they lived and how they trained.

This is my Heritage

North Ipswich, Ipswich Area
12 September 2017 – 21 January 2018
Viewing a photograph from the past, or holding an object of historical significance, can spark interest, emotion and dialogue. But, when a unique personal connection is established between an object and an individual, it has the power to stir poignant memories and promote a deeper understanding and knowledge of times gone by.

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$8 - 18
14 October 2017 – 4 February 2018
‘Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images' is the first substantial Australian exhibition of works by the German artist, widely recognised as one the world's greatest living painter. With over 90 works spanning five decades of Richter's practice, it will include some of the most compelling and enigmatic pictures of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and reveal the unparalleled influence of the artist on contemporary art.

The Wizard of Oz

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
4 November – 3 December 2017
The world’s favourite musical is returning to Australia. The London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane from 4 November 2017 before travelling to Sydney from 30 December.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
4 November 2017 – 11 February 2018
Co-curated with the National Gallery Singapore, this vibrant exhibition surveys the work of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. A wild and wonderful journey through significant moments in Kusama’s career, the exhibition explores over seven decades of the artist’s practice through more than 70 works.

The Working Class

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
6 November – 3 December 2017
Edgy photography focusing on the moment artists exit the stage. Sweaty and dirty, the performer emerges seeping with exhaustion and emotion. The Working Class emphasises the extreme, yet often euphoric, realities of artists working to challenge the status quo and confront issues of inequality, gender and more on the stages of the world’s largest arts festivals including Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe.

Showtime! By Ben Ely

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
7 November – 3 December 2017
Ben Ely returns to Brisbane Powerhouse with a collision of colour for his new exhibition, Showtime! This exhibition will explore the characters and their abilities across all different forms of performance, from punk rock, circus, burlesque, dance, theatre and comedy.

Terror

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
From AU$45 - 65
19 – 23 November 2017
Brisbane Festival in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre present. LYRIC HAMMERSMITH (UK) Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane Written by Ferdinand von Schirach Translated by David Tushingham Direct from London and exclusive to Brisbane Festival, Terror is a thrilling courtroom drama that has been stirring debate across the globe.
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