Relax in Brisbane this summer

This summer, Brisbane comes alive with the sights and sounds of a range of world-class entertainment, international sporting matches and exclusive exhibitions that are sure to create one of the city’s most memorable summers in the past decade.

The city has already got the jump on the rest of the country by hosting the opening test match of the 2010 – 2011 Ashes cricket series.

While 21st Century: Art in the First Decade (Saturday 18 December to Tuesday 26 April) at the Gallery of Modern Art will celebrate works created and acquired between 2000 and 2010, the Woodford Folk Festival (Monday 27 December to Saturday 1 January) will mark a milestone of its own.

The Festival’s 25th Anniversary program is arguably the most exciting ever presented line-up, promising an epic journey into the kaleidoscope of Australian culture. With 620 national and international acts performing in 22 venues across Brisbane, the streets will also come alive with roving street theatre, parades, art and spontaneous performances throughout each day and night festival.

Similar world-class entertainment will be available at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre from Tuesday 11 January when Brisbane’s most anticipated musical theatre extravaganza WICKED takes to the stage. WICKED relates the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Seen around the world and already blitzing the Queensland box office with over 70,000 tickets snapped up – you don’t want to miss out on this theatre masterpiece.

February continues to shine during summer with the World Theatre Festival on show at the Brisbane Powerhouse (Wednesday 9 to Sunday 20 February). Embracing the new, the risky and the independent, World Theatre Festival will thrive in pushing new technologies, new forms and participatory genres in theatre from around the world.

A Queensland summer is synonymous with not only sunshine and beautiful beaches, but also sport. And this summer serves up the highly anticipated Brisbane International from Sunday 2 to Sunday 9 January. Tennis greats including former No.1 and 2010 Brisbane International men’s singles champion Andy Roddick, Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur and Smiling Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis will return to Pat Rafter Arena for plenty of action.

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