One of my favourite types of gifts to receive is an experience – Brisbane has some incredible things to see and do, so see below for some season tickets and subscription packages that will keep giving all year long.
A great gift for adventurous minds young or old – annual membership entitles holders to unlimited entry to SparkLab and Sciencecentre for 12 months, discounts at the Museum shop and café, discounted tickets to selected Museum events and exhibitions, and access to the Museum research library. Members can also gain free general admission to partner museums in Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne. Check their website for current and upcoming exhibitions.
For the budding (or established) artist in your life, annual membership to QAGOMA grants access to advanced notice of upcoming exhibitions, after-hours viewing opportunities, and discounts on exhibition tickets, shopping and dining. Plus, a free exhibition ticket when you join or renew!
Queensland’s state theatre company celebrates 50 seasons of stories in 2020 and will continue to reflect contemporary Australia back to itself with a season that includes an established classic by David Williamson; an adaptation of Othello set in the Torres Strait during World War II; Queensland Theatre’s first staging of a work by a transgender writer; and the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Trent Dalton’s bestselling book Boy Swallows Universe.
QSE will present a new twist on Much Ado About Nothing in 2020, in addition to their Shakespeare Beyond projects including the Shakespeare Prison Project, A Night At The Theatre and Relaxed Performances; Theatre of the Oppressed; training and workshops, including Linklater voice training and the brand new Shakespeare Scene Study three-day course; and Shakespeare’s Shorts. The year will be bookended by Dare to Share, showcasing scenes, speeches, and techniques from the company’s training, and their annual Creative Development Season, presenting a brand new Australian work in some form.
La Boite Theatre Company celebrates 95 years of fearless and unforgettable storytelling in 2020 with an uplifting and provocative program of experiences including two world premieres, one Australian premiere and the return of a family favourite.
Polished and professional community theatre company Savoyards are based out of Wynnum and in 2020 they will be performing Into The Woods, Oliver! And The Wizard of Oz.
Queensland Symphony Orchestra continues its mission to be an ‘Orchestra for Everyone’ throughout its 2020 season, which features grand concertos and Grammy nominees, world premieres, the celebration of Beethoven’s birthday, and a spotlight on QSO’s own musicians.
A new Australian opera cabaret, a great Australian musical, a story of profound love, and a visually dazzling classic are the centrepiece of Opera Queensland’s Season 2020. The vibrant program is anchored by four main stage productions, complemented by a new Concert Series, a regional tour of 2019’s hit production of Tosca and expanded education and community engagement.
After 35 years as Expressions Dance Company, the Brisbane-based ensemble will now be known as Australian Dance Collective, with a focus on collaboration, artistic excellence, and a commitment to being ‘collectively extraordinary’. Artists Jack Lister, Marlo Benjamin, and Lonii Garnons-Williams to the collective alongside continuing company dancers Josephine Weise, Jake McLarnon and Bernhard Knauer, and the ambitious 2020 program includes bringing the work of Hofesh Shechter to Brisbane for the very first time. The company is also offering two- and three-show packages for the first time.
Queensland Ballet has announced a 60th anniversary season for 2020 that celebrates the company’s heritage and its future in equal measure, brimming with treasures old and new as a way of celebrating where the company has come from and where its ambitions are taking it. Their presentation of Shanghai Ballet for The Lady of the Camellias and Dracula look to be highlights of the season, and the company will also present audience favourite The Sleeping Beauty, their annual The Nutcracker, and Peter and the Wolf for the young ballet fans, among other things.