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What’s coming up on the Brisbane arts scene

Take a look at what is happening in the Brisbane arts scene in 2022. From major international acts to immersive experiences, there is something for everyone. 

The run to the end of the year is filled with so many opportunities to get out and about and enjoy what Brisbane has to offer in terms of arts and culture.

It’s exciting to see nightlife, theatre and arts coming back to life after the on again/off again months of COVID. 

Here’s a rundown of some events you can look forward to between now and Christmas. 

Brisbane Festival 2022

From visual art to live music and cabaret, the Brisbane Festival is ‘Boldly Brisbane’. This year, close to 600 theatre, music and arts performances will immerse the city in a blaze of colour and light. 

The event runs from September 2 to 24, with plenty of free shows. One of the highlights we are looking forward to is The Whitlams’ Eternal Nightcap 25 Year Concert. Outside of this, there is plenty to check out for families, music lovers and anyone who enjoys an immersive experience. 

Take the quiz to see which Brisbane Festival events would appeal most to you

Musicals, theatre & more at QPAC

September and October have a full schedule of musical, theatre and dance performances at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, including Queensland Ballet’s production of Manon, a show from comedy legend Bill Bailey, and tribute acts sharing the songs of Elvis and Elton John. 

Musical lovers, the young and the young at heart can look forward to seeing Mary Poppins on stage at this venue, while fans of Ru Paul’s Drag Race can catch it live on stage in October. 

View the extensive schedule at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre here


BIGSOUND is back! The southern hemisphere’s biggest new music festival and conference will be held in Brisbane from 6 to 9 September. Expect three fun-filled days of new music discovery and a conference focused on building a new future for the music industry.

The event will take place in venues across the Fortitude Valley, with exciting discussions by day and mind-blowing acts from future musical superstars by night. 

Find out more about BIGSOUND here

Billie Eilish and more at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre

The return of international acts is something to get very excited about and Billie Eilish is ‘so hot right now’. The global pop superstar will play at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on September 17, 18 and 19. 

Rock legends KISS are also performing in September, and the rest of the springtime lineup includes Tame Impala, Kings of Leon, Dua Lipa, The Killers, Keith Urban and Kendrick Lamar. 

Take a look at the full schedule for the Entertainment Centre here


There is something for every kind of art lover at the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art. 

In addition to the free exhibits, talks and light displays, you can find a free exhibition of works by Indigenous Queensland artists demonstrating the makers’ engagement with cultural, familial, historical and political movements, their assertion of sovereignty and desire for political and social equality.

For fans of contemporary art, from mid-August, ‘Embodied Knowledge’ is a focused survey of new work by Queensland artists. This group of commissioned and recent projects brings to the fore the voices of women, people of colour and LGBTIQA+ artists, all with a close connection to the Sunshine State. You’ll find this exhibit at the Queensland Art Gallery’s Gallery of Modern Art until January 2023. 

Visit the QAGOMA website

Indie Events and Show

There are plenty of independent productions, gigs and open mic shows happening around Brisbane all year. Check out Visit Brisbane’s What’s On page to find out more about live music, arts and entertainment, comedy and festivals. 

The best thing about many of Brisbane’s art events is they are free to take advantage of. Clear some time in your calendar to enjoy an outing with friends and family. 

I hope you enjoy the read.

Matt Lancashire