Brisbane Insider July 2019 - Choose Brisbane


Brisbane Insider July 2019

Get ready for this years’ epic EkkaNITES


In the blink of an eye you’ll have your chance to sample strawberry icecreams once again, with the Ekka returning from 9 to 18 August. Your old-time favourite showbags are back along with some newbies. They’ll also be plenty of agricultural experiences, the iconic woodchop and sawing competition, and the most spectacular fireworks finale the show has ever seen. Prepare to be wowed by the never-before-seen night show, EkkaNITES – you can view the epic program line up here.

Fashionistas flock to runway shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

Mr Percivals fashion week

You’ll have to act fast to secure your seat at your favourite runway show or event at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane from 25 – 29 August. This year the Fashion Festival will be held at the trendy Howard Smith Wharves so you can enjoy a pre or post food and drink experience on the evening. Tickets are sold via QTIX.

Lone Pine celebrates 12 months of the Brisbane Koala Science Institute

Lone Pine koala

It’s already been one year since the Brisbane Koala Institute, a world-class koala science and research facility, started its important work. It’s been a big year for research with significant findings and promising discoveries about Koala Retrovirus– with lead researchers working on developing and trialling a vaccine. Another amazing project is working on drone technology to detect wild koalas using their heat signatures. To celebrate their first birthday, they held a party on Sunday 30 June at the institute, located inside Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

Museum of Brisbane reaches two million visitor milestone

An impressive two million people have visited the Museum of Brisbane (MoB). Since opening its doors in the refurbished City Hall in April 2013, the Museum has presented 137,827 events and tours and 62 exhibitions and installations and added 231 artworks to the Museum of Brisbane Collection. There’s plenty to see and do at MoB, with artist-in-residence Piyali Ghosh exhibiting from until 8 August and the Brisbane Art Design (BAD) Exhibition running until 11 August.

Go Fish lauded in Australian Traveller

Brisbane’s Go Fish Australia is celebrating after Australian Traveller listed their One-Day Outback Fishing Experience in the top 50 day tours of the world, under the ‘adventure’ category. The unique nine-hour heli-fishing tour once again demonstrates how our operators are thinking innovatively to draw visitors to the region. There’s a range of exciting experiences and itineraries to choose from for those looking for adventure.

To the moon and back… or just South Brisbane!

If you’re fascinated by things out of this world, NASA: A Human Adventure is on until October 19 at the Queensland Museum, South Brisbane. The exhibition and its artefacts take visitors on a journey through the history of human accomplishments in space flights, technology and exploration. As part of the exhibition, Sarah Jane Walsh, director of Camp Hill Antique Centre and Tart Café, has recreated a 1960s lounge room so that visitors can relive what it would have been like when one of the most memorable moments in history happened - when man walked on the moon. The 1969 themed room will be a feature till mid-August.

Introducing the Brisbane Portrait Prize

Brisbane has a new Art Prize. The Brisbane Portrait Prize will showcase the best in contemporary portraiture, while celebrating the character of the city and those who make it what it is. 

Artists and sitters will have to have “a connection” with Brisbane. This is to encourage local stories, without ruling out artists who have had a connection with Brisbane, but now live elsewhere. The main Prize is the $50,000 Lord Mayor’s Prize, supported by the Brisbane City Council.

Entries close August 23rd. The finalists’ exhibition will be held in October at Brisbane Powerhouse. The winning portrait every year will be acquired by Brisbane City Council for a permanent collection.

Get involved. You can enter, volunteer, or join the conversation!

Brisbane restaurants, bars and chefs celebrated at Queensland Food Awards

A big congratulations to our members who were recognised for their passionate contribution to Brisbane’s restaurant, café and bar scene at The Courier-Mail’s annual Queensland Food Awards. Our member finalists in Restaurant of the Year were Arc Dining, Donna Chang and Signature at The Emporium, and a special mention to the winner Hellenika at the Calile. In the category of Chef of the Year our member finalists were Jake Nicolson of Blackbird Bar & Grill and Donna Chang and Bryan Kelly of Hellenika at the Calile, with the top gong going to Alanna Sapwell of Arc Dining.