Brisbane Festival

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Brisbane Festival
Brisbane Festival Logo.png
Frequency Annual
Location(s) Brisbane, Queensland
Country Australia
Inaugurated 1996 (1996)
Most recent September 7, 2013 (2013-September-07)-September 28, 2013 (2013-September-28)
Organised by Brisbane City Council;
Queensland Government

Brisbane Festival is an annual arts festival held in Brisbane, Australia.[1]

Its presence dominates the city for three weeks in September and its line-up of classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance, comedy, opera, circus and major public events like Sunsuper Riverfire attracts an audience of more than one million people every year.


Brisbane Festival was first held in 1996 as a joint initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, intended to foster the arts.[1] The festival evolved from Brisbane’s Warana Festival, first held in 1961.[2] Originally held biennially, Brisbane Festival became an annual event in 2009 when it merged with Riverfestival.[1] The festival has had three artistic directors; Tony Gould (1996–2004), Lyndon Terracini (2006–2009) and Noel Staunton (2010 onwards).[2]


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  1. ^ a b c Major Brisbane Festivals. "History of Brisbane Festival". Major Brisbane Festivals. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mackrell, Fiona (15 February 2010). "Brisbane Festival - Past to present". ArtsHub. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Brisbane Festival at Wikimedia Commons