Brisbane Festival will have its biggest visual arts program ever in 2022, including new floating installations

This year’s Brisbane Festival, which returns from September 2-24, aims to light up the city with art and performances, from floating installations to 80s rooftop parties at the city’s giddy bars .

Brisbane-born artist Lindy Lee’s The Spheres will shimmer majestically on the floating Art Boat, where you can also catch performances by Alice Ivy and bubbly duo The Huxleys, or a fashion showcase by Gail Sorronda. There will be an 80s fiesta with shoulder pads and wet-look mermaids at Iris Rooftop as part of a series of Raise the Roof shows, and British artist Luke Jerram’s floating orbs, representing the Moon, Mars and Gaia, will take over the West Village.

This is Artistic Director Louise Bezzina’s third program, and she has assembled an exciting line-up of nearly 600 performances over the three-week program, 230 of which will be free.

“Now more than ever, we need to amplify artists’ stories and honor the power of the arts as a unifying force,” Bezzina said in a statement. This unifying force includes an opening concert headlined by Jessica Mauboy, a new play Fourteen (an adaptation of Shannon Molloy’s coming-of-age memoir) and a new collaboration between Dead Puppet Society and Legacy on the Wall in a story about Greek hero Achilles.

There are premieres of hit shows in Queensland too, including the seven-time Tony Award nominees North country girl and sun super girlthe story of Evonne Goolagong Cawley’s rise to tennis superstardom.

At the Queensland Theater there is a trilingual production (Kala Lagaw Ya, Yumpla Tok and English) of Shakespeare’s Othello. And at the Roundhouse Theatre, La Boite, there’s a world premiere adaptation of Anita Heiss’ novel, Tiddas.

BOQ Festival Gardens is where you will find food, alcohol and entertainment throughout the festival. This is also where you can take part in the festival’s opening ceremony, Jumoo, a time to cleanse and connect before the festivities.

The Brisbane Festival runs from September 2-24. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 6.

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