Brisbane Insider: August 2017

Women's Ashes will bowl you over

Women's Ashes
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Tickets for the opening match of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series at Allan Border Field will go on sale on from 10 August. Brisbane will be the focal point for the start of Australia’s highly anticipated Ashes campaigns later this year. The Gabba will host the opening Test of the Ashes from November 23-27 while Allan Border Field will welcome fans for the first game in the Women’s Ashes series on 22 October, the first time it has hosted an Ashes match. Queensland Cricket combined with the Lord Mayor's Charitable Trust to make the match possible.

Hear the news industry’s best yarns at Storyology


Brisbane’s Storyology kicks off at the Brisbane Powerhouse on 24 August with a live storytelling extravaganza Storyology After Dark, where great journalism will leap to the stage! Hear tales of jungles, nuns, drugs, Afghanistan, race relations, backyard shenanigans, investigations, musicians, children’s choirs, fainting on live TV and face tattoos. Featuring writers and journalists like Trent Dalton, William McInnes, Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Tracey Spicer and more, do not miss out. 

Redefining Consumer Behaviour with Matt Wallaert

Impact your customers’ behaviour and challenge the status quo during the next instalment of The Capital Connects on 25 August. The morning will feature international consumer behaviour expert Matt Wallaert; George Lucas, from micro-investing app Acorns; a fireside chat with Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson; and an expert panel of consumer behaviour specialists.

Receive $10,000 for your Queensland Day event

Queensland Day, 6 June, is a special time for all Queenslanders to celebrate our state and commemorate Queensland’s independence from NSW. The Queensland Day Sponsorship Program provides funding to events that celebrate Queensland Day in a way that reflects the unique culture, heritage and aspirations of their own community. If you’d like to apply, applications for funding of up to $10,000 are now being accepted for events held to celebrate Queensland Day in 2018. 

New Inchcolm Hotel on a winning streak

Inchcolm Hotel

Champagne corks have been popping at The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites. The hotel has been celebrating a winning streak with two prestigious award wins. Its intimate function space the Foxtrot Room was recently awarded the Best Meeting Room in Australia at the Qantas Business Travel Awards; followed by a win for Thomson’s Reserve Restaurant, winning Best Fine Dining Restaurant at the Restaurant & Catering Awards 2017 Queensland and Northern Territory

Pop-up is almost here

Brisbane Pop-Up

Brisbane Pop-Up is returning on 24 August. Tick off all your event planning needs by connecting with over 80 Brisbane products including new and unique venues, hotels and suppliers set to make your next event sparkle. Held at Brisbane City Hall from 11.30am, register your interest to attend before Friday, 18 August.

Hungry for Art?

Tastes Like Sunshine
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Devour Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition, Tastes like Sunshine, from Friday, 18 August. Exploring the flavoursome side of our city’s character, the show reveals our rich food story through contemporary art, stories and historical accounts. Featuring exciting new works by Elizabeth Willing, Sean Rafferty and Carol McGregor, Tastes like Sunshine engages will engage all five senses. And yes, that is a wall of toasted marshmallows.

A month of festivals

Bigsound Festival

Brisbane is the place to be this September with four festivals taking over the city! Hot on the heels of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival (27 – 31 Aug), keep your eyes peeled and calendars open for Brisbane International Film Festival (17 Aug – 3 Sept), BIGSOUND (5 – 8 Sept), Writers Festival (6 – 10 Sept) and Brisbane Festival (9 – 30 Sept).