MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BRISBANE FESTIVAL 2009 PRESENTS ACROSS BRISBANE Festival fever takes over Brisbane’s public spaces Outdoor parties, concerts, family days, feasts and cultural celebrations are taking over the city’s public spaces for four weekends in September and October as part of Brisbane Festival 2009’s Across Brisbane programme. Streets, bridges, parks and showgrounds in the city centre, South Bank, Ascot, Yeronga, Hamilton, Brookfield and West End have been chosen as the sites for seven very different celebrations. Brisbane Festival CEO and Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said the Across Brisbane programme was designed to take the festival into the city’s suburbs. “We are hosting a massive free barbeque and kids’ day out, a chic alfresco dinner, two classical music concerts, a celebration of African culture and huge street parties featuring hip-hop, dub and reggae,” Mr Terracini said. “I encourage everyone to find out what’s happening in their suburb and take advantage of these fantastic events.” Events 1. RiverSunday, on the second day of the festival, 13 September, is a packed family day out in Brisbane's River precinct, transforming the Goodwill Bridge and South Bank Parklands into a playground, starting with a free brekkie at the Sunsuper RiverBBQ from 9.00am. Children’s and young people’s music, art, ideas and ongoing school projects are displayed while Stephanie Alexander works with local students on a cooking station, using the produce they grew in their own kitchen garden. 2. That night the city embraces the alfresco lifestyle and enjoys some Parisian joie de vivre when Stoneleigh Albert Street Dinner transforms the street into a restaurant with a difference, boasting the best food, wine, entertainment and conversation in Brisbane. Award winning chef Stefano Manfredi of bel mondo and Bells at Killcare fame is on hand to talk about the gourmet delights on offer, while jazz ensembles and surprise appearances from UK street theatre artists, Cocoloco, help set the mood. 3. Racecourse Road Street Party in Ascot on Sunday 20 September is a full day of free live music across four stages, countless food, craft and art market stalls, music and dance workshops, and hairstyles that would make Marie Antoinette look like a minimalist. In addition to an exciting new Latin Quarter, the line up includes Triple J favourites The Gin Club, funk party band Pablo Discobar, jazz and hip hop from Jumbledat, dub and reggae courtesy of Dubdoubt, and every genre of music from countless artists including Hungry Kids of Hungary, Tara Simmons, Dubmarine, Pear and the Awkward Orchestra and Resin Dogs. More… 4. Into Africa is a free one day celebration of African culture at Yeronga Park from 12noon to 8.30pm on Saturday 26 September, promising fantastic food and craft stalls, heavenly singing, dancing and drumming, and workshops covering everything from story telling to body art. The line up includes King Marong and Afro Mandinko, a massive drumming collective, a 200-strong Into Africa Choir, Dinka Blues diva Ajak Kwai, Samoko, Afro Dizzi Act and the stellar music of The Big Fela Afrobeat Orchestra. 5. From 6.30pm on the same day, Hamilton's Northshore Riverside Park becomes the setting for Symphony at the Shore, which features the glorious music of Handel, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin. This free outdoor classical concert presents the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antoni Bonetti, and special guest Simon Tedeschi - Australia's premier concert pianist. Attendees just need to bring a picnic blanket as food stalls and a licensed bar are on site. 6. The next day, Sunday 27 September, the Showgrounds and the sunset provide a magnificent backdrop for Stoneleigh Opera at Brookfield. The concert features opera's most loved music and a stellar cast including Penelope Mills, Katharine Tier, John Bolton Wood, Maestro Simon Kenway, Viva La Musica Philharmonic Orchestra and local community choirs. Once darkness descends, a giant ground art installation inspired by dreamtime stories illuminates the scene with hundreds of lights and sky lanterns that float up to the heavens to complete the glorious display. Food stalls, a licensed bar and a free shuttle bus will be available. 7. West End… LIVE is a four-day programme of events starting on Wednesday 30 September, which culminates in a huge celebration from midday on the final day of the festival. The weeknight ‘happenings’ reveal the suburb's hidden secrets though an outdoor cinema, a Bohemian BBQ, an evolving shop-front art installation and a retelling of the history of the boarding house at 17 Browning Street using sound and performance. In the afternoon on Saturday 3 October, two street stages feature Brisbane's most exciting emerging music and established artists Kev Carmody and Archie Roach, while three local lounge rooms play host to quirky installations, performances and giant sized games. Other attractions include an interactive walking tour and a six metre work of art on the side of a truck created by local artists. At 6.00pm the participants from The Cherbourg Walk arrive in Boundary Street, following a symbolic 275km journey. MEDIA: FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Dawn Hewitt – Ph 0434 883 880 / firstname.lastname@example.org Gabe Cramb – Ph 0419 798 995 / E email@example.com Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.
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