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What’s On In Brisbane in June

For me, June is notorious for being a birthday month. It’s not only home to my birthday, but my brother’s birthday and several friends’ birthdays as well. So when I’m not birthday-ing this month, I’ll probably be checking out these Brisbane events.
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival: 2-4 June at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival will make a pit stop in Brisbane at the beginning of the month as it tours around the country. Presenting the best films and artwork from around the world, the HRAFF aims to engage and inform people on human rights issues through their creative program.

Lifeline Bookfest: 6-9 June at BCEC, South Brisbane
The Lifeline Bookfest is a firm fixture in my calendar. You get to buy cheap books, maybe even some vinyl records, and all proceeds go towards a worthy cause. My main tips would be to get in early, have a general idea of what you want to buy (it makes it easier than aimlessly wandering through aisles of books), and to bring lots of sturdy bags to carry your books home in. If you’re looking for vinyl, be prepared to sort through LOTS of Neil Diamond/The Seekers/Kamahl records. In the past I’ve scored Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, and The Cure albums so it pays to be diligent. 
Caxton Street Festival: 7 June at Caxton Street, Brisbane
Back in the day it used to exclusively be a Seafood and Wine festival but now the Caxton Street Festival is more of a fully fledged street party. Along with seafood and wine, there will be street food, pop-up bars, and plenty of live music (my tips would be DZ Deathrays and Thelma Plum).
Meet Pip Lincolne: 14 June at Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane
Pip Lincoln is one of Australia’s most popular crafters and creatives, and she’ll be stopping by Brisbane Square Library this June to promote her latest book. Join Kirsten Devitt from Brisbane label Each To Own as she chats with Pip about all things creative. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or you can bring your own in for Pip to sign.

Queensland Cabaret Festival: 10-25 June at various venues
The Queensland Cabaret Festival hits town this month and there’s plenty on offer for audiences at various venues around Brisbane. Check out the festival website for more information on the local and international acts on show.
I Used To Skate Once 11: 26 June at The Zoo, Fortitude Valley
Over the past decade, I Used To Skate Once has become an iconic fixture on the Brisbane calendar. Using skateboards as their canvas, IUTSO showcases the work of a variety of Australian artists. Entry is free and seeing as it’s held at The Zoo, it’s only fitting that there will be plenty of live music to boot.
Downey Park Food Trucks: 28 June at Downey Park, Windsor
There are so many different food truck gatherings in Brisbane now that it’s hard to keep up. Downey Park Food Trucks is a new regular monthly event and one that I keep meaning to check out. Maybe this month I’ll finally get there!

P.S. I created the animated GIF using this tutorial by Pugly Pixel


7 Things To Do In Brisbane in May

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Bakery Lane Providore Markets: 2 May at Bakery Lane, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane is brimming with revamped laneways and one of the newest kids on the block is Bakery Lane. They’ll be launching their first ever Providore Markets in May, and they’ll continue to be held on the first Saturday of every month. Stall holders will include Reverends Fine Coffee, Crust & Co Artisanal Bread, Bee One Third Honey, Mapleton Falls Farm Produce, My Granola, and other Bakery Lane Tenants.
Free Zine Day: 2 May at Junky Comics, West End
Did you know that 2 May is Free Comic Book Day? Junky Comics have made a small twist and instead will be celebrating Free Zine Day. From 9am they will be offering up free zines provided by local artists and sales on store stock. There will also be an after party held at The End from 6pm.
IRL Digital Festival: 7-17 May at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
The IRL Digital Festival is the Powerhouse’s inaugural celebration of video games, technology, and art. The festival will feature a range of events from free retro video game exhibitions, interactive art installations, digital-inspired music, and virtual reality demonstrations.
Analogue/Digital: 14-15 May at Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Analogue/Digital is an annual design conference that brings together creatives from all over the world. This year it coincides with the IRL Digital Festival at the Powerhouse. Tickets to the two day conference range from $200 to $500 and registration is open up until the week of the event or until tickets sell out.
Paniyiri Greek Festival: 23-24 May at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane
If you live in Brisbane you already know how big a deal the Paniyiri Festival is. You’ll also know how hectic parking gets around South Brisbane and how crowded Musgrave Park gets but goshdarnit if that’s going to stop you from wrapping your mouths around some deep fried octopus or sweet sweet baklava.

Dirty Dancing: from 27 May at QPAC, Southbank
I love a good musical. I also love the movie Dirty Dancing (I mean, I have the OST on vinyl and I own dress that’s actually called the “I carried a watermelon” dress). This is a no brainer. Go. Have the time of your lives.

Green Heart Fair: 31 May at 7th Brigade Park, Chermside
Celebrate sustainable living at the bi-annual Green Heart Fair. Join leading sustainability organisations, community groups, artisans, foodies, green-thumbs, conservationists, and businesses as they share information on how to live more sustainably.

[Top image taken at a floral workshop with Primula Floral Styling – regrettably not my handiwork]

9 Things to do in Brisbane in April

Doughnut Time
I’m a bit late on this month’s list of what’s on in Brisbane but now that Easter’s out of the way here are some things to do for the remainder of April.

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land until 21 June at GOMA
This is the first major exhibition of New Zealand contemporary artist Michael Parekowhai’s work. Best of all, the exhibition is free and you can see some photos in one of my previous posts.

Banff Mountain Film Festival: 13-17 April at the Powerhouse Theatre
The Australian leg of this iconic film festival tour consists of two and a half hours of mountain-themed short films. This one’s for the adrenaline junkies and wanderlusters.

Crochet Step by Step: 15 April at Rouge Coffee
If, like me, you never took any notice when your grandma offered to teach you how to knit and crochet but in hindsight you should have paid ALL OF THE ATTENTION then this workshop will help right those wrongs. Tea cosies and snuggly beanies ahoy!

Twin Peaks Trivia Night: 15 April at the GOMA Cafe Bistro
Bad news is that David Lynch is out of the upcoming Twin Peaks remake. Good news is that you can test your knowledge of Laura Palmer’s murder and go in the running to win David Lynch-themed goodies at the Twin Peaks trivia night being held at GOMA.

Brisbane Twilight Markets: 17 April at King George Square
I’m a sucker for markets and also late night shopping in the city so this kills two birds with one stone, as well as my wallet.

4ZZZ Street Soundzzz: 18 April at 4ZZZ HQ
If you’re under 25 and interested in learning more about Brisbane’s iconic community broadcaster then head to Street Soundzzz for station tours, workshops, markets, and live bands.
Friday Nite Snackdown: every Friday night at Fish Lane
If you like Fridays, snacks, puns, and pitting foods against each other to see which will reign supreme on your tastebuds then end your week at Fish Lane for Friday Nite Snackdown, presented by Wandering Cooks.

Kokedama Workshop: 26 April at Showroom, Paddington
Spend the afternoon making your own moss balls under under the direction of Caroline from Wilde Flora. Classes cost $95 and include two handmade kokedamas to take home as well as a cuppa and some nibbles.

An Evening With Noel Fielding: 27 April – 7 May at QPAC
Most shows are sold out but if you stalk the ticketing page you might just get lucky!

(Top image taken at Doughnut Time/Alfredo’s Pizzeria but doughnuts and pizza are every month foods, amiright?)

What’s On at GoMA

Michael Parekowhai exhibit at GoMA
I went to the Gallery of Modern Art on the weekend to check out a few of their latest exhibits (you can see my last trip to the Future Beauty exhibit here). The big drawcard right now is the David Lynch: Between Two Worlds retrospective but there’s also the recently opened Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land exhibit, the Japanese Art After 1989 exhibit, and the gallery’s collection of Indigenous art on display as well. While the David Lynch retrospective is on the unsettling/moody/messed up side of things, the Michael Parekowhai and Japanese art exhibits are a good remedy to that. I’ve already shared some photos over on Instagram but here are a few more that I snapped on my iPhone.

Michael Parekowhai exhibit at GoMA
Michael Parekowhai exhibit at GoMA Michael Parekowhai exhibit at GoMA
David Lynch: Between Two Worlds
David Lynch: Between Two Worlds Japanese Art After 1989
Japanese Art After 1989
Japanese Art After 1989

Michael Parekowhai: The Promised Land
1. He Kōrero Pūrākau Te Awanui o Te Moto: Story of a New Zealand River, 2011 & Rules of the Game, 2015
2. Home Front, 2015
3. The Horn of Africa, 2006
4. The English Channel, 2015

David Lynch: Between Two Worlds
5. I forget what this series was called. Oops.
6. Woman With  Dream, 2007

We Can Make a Better Future: Japanese Art After 1989
7. Y.N.G.M.S. (Y.N.G.’s Mobile Studio), 2009 by Yoshitomo Nara and graf
8. PixCell Double Deer #4, 2010 by Kohei Nawa
9. Soul Under the Moon, 2002 by Yayoi Kusama. I’ve visited this installation pretty much every time it’s been on display at the gallery. The first time I was still in high school. I still love it.

Finders Keepers Film Photos

Finders Keepers Markets

I’ve had a few rolls of film just sitting around for the past couple of months so thought it was about time to get them developed. These photos are from assorted Finders Keepers markets in Brisbane and are probably a year or two old. I used to love taking film photos but these days getting them developed, especially the cost of doing so, can be such a pain (FYI I got my negatives developed by Camera House for $7.50 per roll and then scanned them myself). I was really looking forward to getting these photos back but ended up being a bit underwhelmed with them. I wouldn’t normally edit film photos but ended up auto correcting the colour of these in Photoshop because they came back with this red tinge that I didn’t really like. I’m not sure if that was from the film, my camera, how they were developed, or my scanner but I guess that’s the unexpected nature of film photography.

Finders Keepers Markets
Finders Keepers Markets
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