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Brisbane Festival

September is probably the most awesome month to be in Brisbane.  So much always seems to be going on in September!

This is probably because that's when the Brisbane Festival (once known as the River Festival, until the river went and flooded the CBD and it became a kind of touchy subject) is on, which means Brisbane crams a whole lot of culture and shiny things into a three week period to make up for the rest of the year.

South Bank, which is kind of epicentre of all things cultural, dressed itself up all nice in lipstick and glitter for the festivities.

Lantern Garden

That's the lantern garden set up in front of the Arts Centre.  It's supposed to be festive, but I don't know, those lanterns kind of give it a funereal feeling.  XD  Which don't get me wrong, is still kind of awesome for the beautiful-yet-ominous feeling.

Anyhow, there's a lot of free music gigs running around Southbank during the event, usually from quite obscure genres of music and even more obscure bands, though I can't say I've heard any bad ones yet!


Including this completely awesome demonstration from Taikoz.  I actually went to their performance in QPAC beforehand which had the really big drums, but this crew were badass enough that even after what must have been a surely exhausting performance, went outside to the Wunder Bar for a bonus show!  Anyhow, this is a bit of a sample of what their stuff is like (though obviously youtube sound cannot capture the amazingness of taiko drumming live.)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbLhuTM4Ts0

There's also the light and laser show put on every night over the river.


At one point this turned green and I liked to pretend it was the Lifestream.


It's pretty hard to get photos of lasers, obviously - these pics don't really do it justice, but it was very cool, set to music and everything.  There's some slightly better video of it here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOgX6zO3Ufo

Reel Anime is also running currently.  I doubt I'll get to see all the movies, but saw Wolf Children (same director as Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). It was an interesting movie, kind of cute in parts, although felt like it didn't have a proper climax.  Possibly my experience was slightly soured by being weirded out by some old guy who decided to choose the seat directly next to mine despite the fact that the theatre was only a quarter full and the entire rest of the row was empty.

Made me think of this picture:


Cinema etiquette, people!  Don't sit right next to other people unless the cinema is getting full!  This said, I kind of want to use this troll tactic on other people now, just to see how they react.  New round of Personal Space Invaders.

Anyhow, going to see Children Who Chase Lost Voices as well, Makoto Shinkai's latest work, and fully expect to leave the cinema heart-broken.  Still, high hopes!  Makoto Shinkai could probably release a series of background shots set to music for an hour and it would still be better than 90% of what I watch any given year.

Anyhow, that's what's interesting irl at the moment.



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Sep. 21st, 2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Gods, I wish I lived somewhere that beautiful. :3c

I almost went to Australia once, as part of a semi foreign exchange thing. It was like a summer program that counted for school credit, but at the time I was too young according to my parents to go halfway across the globe to another country.

Someday I'd like to visit. Where are the coolest places to go in Australia? (Besides Brisbane because obvs. it's the friggin' bomb. XD)
Sep. 21st, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
You might! Most places have at least something beautiful about them, but I think if you live there it's just ordinary to you.

Depends on where your interests lie! If you like cities, Sydney and Melbourne are a must, if you like beaches/touristy things Gold Coast and Fraser Island and pretty much any spot on the shore of the East Coast is pretty good. If you like rural areas/natural splendour more the list can be as long as your arm. It's kind of like asking 'what are the coolest places to go in the USA'? There are way too many answers! (Unless you just like cities, in which case there are hardly any answers, since Australians have an amazing problem of clumping most of the population in a handful of cities.)
Sep. 22nd, 2012 08:36 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, oh man, the personal space thing -- the worst is when I'm the offender, but not on purpose! I sit right next to someone because I think there are people coming behind me to sit as well, and then they end up turning around or something. Then once I'm seated, it's a bit awkward to pick myself up and move away. >___>;
Sep. 22nd, 2012 10:43 am (UTC)
Hahaha, yeah it's tough when you get caught out like that! Which would be more awkward, the brief intense awkwardness of moving away, or prolonged awkwardness of sitting there the entire time? I can never decide.
Sep. 25th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Those photos are fantastic * A* Pretty jealous we don't get that sort of stuff in Perth (as far as I know...)

Although I have to give props to the Wunder Bar for the punny name omg
Sep. 25th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)
It's probably only a matter of time! All the capital cities like to copy each other.

LOL, it was an inspired choice!
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