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Brisbane Festival

It's Brisbane Festival at the moment!  It used to be called 'Riverfest', but I guess after the river flooded nobody felt much like 'celebrating' it anymore.  In any case, it's three weeks of cultural events and pavillions all over the place.  I missed 'Riverfire', which is the big jet flyover and fireworks display, but aside from that I've been making the most of it.



They've set up a tent in the middle of King George Square in the city for events - there's also stacks going on over at the Library and QPAC theatres and Powerhouse.



The Spiegeltent is especially awesome, though, because it comes complete with giant dandelion lights.



Last Wednesday, I went to see Shugo Tokumaru and Kate & Max.



Kate and Max were the warm-up act.  Their music is probably best described as 'nostalgic road montage' music.  Listening to it, all I could do was picture scenes of people drinking coffee alone in diners while looking out of the window, or driving through the suburbs taking the occasional drag on a cigarette.

This is about the only Youtube clip I could find of them, but it has decent sound quality.  They're actually pretty good, fairly easy listening.



A shot of Shugo Tokumaru and co setting up.  This guy is some kind of musical genius, writes very happy and whimsical pieces, and he comes through even more amazing live than on youtube.  All the songs were in Japanese, except for one cover he did of 'Video Killed the Radio Star' with an accordian and kazoo.  Here's a link to some of his songs: Lahahaha and Green Rain.

Interlude:  While walking through the city before the performance, noticed a big spanking new Swarovski store, but more specifically, this:



Is there truly a market for this?



On Friday I also went to see Tripod!  This is an Australia comedy musical trio I've been a fan of for a long time, ever since they featured on Skithouse some ten years ago.  They're still totally awesome.



Ha, well, two of three in the shot isn't bad?  They didn't play many of their olds songs, unfortunately, but their new stuff was pretty good too.
Check out some links:  There's A Hot Girl In the Comic Shop, The Credits Song, Wedding Song.



On the weekend I went to the Brisbane Writer's Festival!  Which has been timed to coincide with the Brisbane Festival, I assume.  I checked out the Melbourne one too, but actually wound up liking the Brisbane one a lot better.  It was much busier and seemed like it had a lot more interesting talks?  Maybe because Melbourne's is two weeks and Brisbane's is only five days, so they had to cram a lot more in.  The talks were a lot more interesting too, probably because this time I exclusively attended panels.



Except it was also freakishly cold and windy on the Saturday!  (By Brisbane standards, anyway.)  Not a problem you would think, except there was a whole stream of panels being held out on the Library Terrace, pictured here.  And being Queenslanders, nobody is prepared for any weather colder than 12 degrees.  The microphones didn't much like it, either.

Also, I nearly got hit by a falling piece of canvas pulled loose by the wind.  That was exciting.



The wind also made this odd... poster... thing... put up for the Festival very interesting.  It's made of heaps of strips of plastic, which in the high winds made a fabulous roaring sound.

...I still can't quite figure out what it's meant to be.  Does it look like letters to anyone? 

Also went to check out the free Interactive Light Tunnel display near the Ferris Wheel.



This was pretty cool, especialy for free entry.  They've set up a dark tent full of mirrors and screens and Xbox Kinects.



The display switches over from time to time, and some of them you can interact with.  It's a bit laggy, but if you go with some kids or a friend it's a lot of fun.



And the mirrors in particular produce a really beautiful effect.



Some kids nearby enjoying it.



One more for good luck.



Time out in the park.



Despite the cold windy day, the first sign of Spring.



There's the Santos City of Lights, which is held every night for the duration of the Festival.  It's sponsored by Santos, which I'm guessing is an energy company, who until this moment I only knew as the people who owned one of the new skyscrapers by the river.



It's a big light and laser show, projected from the buildings by the river (and onto the buildings, in some cases.)  



They have these pontoons that spray water up into the air (pumped directly from the river) that created a sort of 'screen' for the lasers to pass through.  The photos do not even come close to doing it justice.  My camera was all like 'wtf are asking me to take photos of, it's dark, I quit'.



The whole thing is set to music, too!  Inception soundtrack was very appropriate but made me laugh.

The festival's running for three weeks, so there's a week left of it still - have a couple of events to go to yet, should be fun - especially the free Jazz on the weekends.  Brisbane has started throwing festivals all over ther place.  Now we just need one for Summer and Autumn too and we're set.

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hithluin
Sep. 15th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
*is amazed*

You have a great eye for photography, Sin! I really love some of your shots, especially the 3rd last with the light shining across the water and the one of the single flower blooming =) I really feel I have been missing out on Brisbane, must find time to go there in the soonish future! The Brisbane fest certainly looks like it was more happening. I guess also that the Melbourne writers fest was on at the same time with other things and possibly Melbournians were also used to so many cultural events whereas Brisbane finds their writers fest to be of more drawing interest?
sinnatious
Sep. 15th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, thank you, I do what I can with my little point-and-click canon.

Yes, come visit sometime! It will be an easy trip for you next year.

The main difference between the Melbourne and Brisbane fest is probably that the Brisbane one was so much more compressed, five days versus fourteen. I actually couldn't make it to some panels becuse they clashed on the schedule, which wasn't a problem when I looked at Melbourne's even though Melbourne had a lot more content. I guess I prefer the former format, it would be like if a con went for a week instead of just a weekend - it would dilute the overall energy and stretch out the interest enough that the whole thing would become a lot more hum-drum.
azdvmc
Sep. 16th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Aha! Another post showcasing all the wonderful sights and sounds of Queensland. The tourism board should hire you for their marketing department!

You got to see all that for free! That's great, I wish Melbourne had more of these things. Perhaps they do and I never attend ;A;.

Is that a little Swarovski crystal encrusted Hello Kitty? I think there most definitely is a market for that! Chinese girls' dream!
sinnatious
Sep. 16th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
Haha, maybe I've been in the wrong career all along!

XD Melbourne does have heaps of things! If you keep your ear to the ground you'll probably be surprised. And it wasn't all free - I had to pay for the gigs, though it was deliciously cheap.

I wish it were just encrusted - it's alllll crystal. One shudders to imagine the cost.
azdvmc
Sep. 21st, 2011 06:18 am (UTC)
Works on us at least XD!

I suppose! I shall be more attuned to the cultural happenings of the city!

Ah cheap is good ^^. Mmm indeed. If it was Nyanko-sensei would you buy it? XD
sunnepho
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
The pictures of the light show are especially gorgeous! O.O Such talented photography!

Is it bad that I am fascinated by the fact that you are seeing the first signs of spring while the leaves are starting to fall and crunch over here? I mean, it's obvious in theory, but the idea still boggles.

Also, I have seen plenty of grown women deck themselves with all sorts of Hello Kitty paraphernalia. There is Hello Kitty designer makeup at Sephora. They could afford the Swarovski one, no doubt. Perhaps I'm just too white-washed to understand the phenomenon.
sinnatious
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Urgh, I actually thought the light show pictures were kind of awful, but maybe that's because I have the memory of how amazing the light show actually was to compare against. Thank you, though.

Haha, even if you know it intellectually, it's always a little weird to hear about the changing seasons in the other hemisphere! The changing LJ headers always give me an odd sense of disconnect.

Hello Kitty makeup? How does that work? Makeup in a Hello-Kitty branded container? *is mystified* I've been following the absurdity of Hello Kitty mania for many years, but this was a new level. Like the jewel in the crown of the world's biggest Hello Kitty fanatic.
sunnepho
Sep. 17th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
"This sophisticated collection mixes the essence of Hello Kitty with a touch of style and fun. With charming designs and luxurious formulas infused with ingredients she loves, Hello Kitty Beauty is the ultimate must-have. Hello Kitty. Hello Pretty."

It's... a lot of pastels.
swifty_chan
Sep. 28th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Is there a market for this Hello Kitty crystal? Why... Yes, there is. *raises hand, somewhat abashed* I like that lil' mouthless cat, not that I'm enough to collect the perfumes and all, but I do have its plushies and watches and... Never mind! >.<'

Oh, Sinnatious. :3 Lurking in your journal has always been a joy. You spoil your readers a lot, because not only you write amazing fics but you share amazing ones too! I found several good fics based on your random rec (either via comments or entry) and I always got a kick out of reading~ X3 I'm currently reading World in Pieces as per your rec and I'm loving it!

So, um, thank you for sharing and all the best with your longfics! Can't wait! :3
sinnatious
Sep. 28th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
XD I should have specified - is there a market that can afford it? Though if I pretend it's a crystal Gundam it makes a little more sense.

<3 World in Pieces is amazing, isn't it?! I am absolutely dying for the next chapter, it's been ages.
swifty_chan
Sep. 28th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Well, there are many kinds of people in the world, so maybe there will be someone crazier than I. 8D

It is! >w< I've yet to finished it, though. I'm still reading up to Chapter 4, and am gonna take my own sweet time. I found Dissidere through you, and it was amazing as well! Complete chapters can be found in FF.net, by the way. :3
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