Brisbane’s hotel of the Arts - Local Culture creating unforgettable experiences. Sofitel Brisbane Central supports a range of local organisations, including:



The Australia China Business Council is a membership-based, non-profit organisation comprising a National Office and Branches throughout Australia, with more than 900 member companies. Founded in 1973, ACBC actively promotes two way trade and investment, economic cooperation and understanding, between the business communities of Australia and China. 

Queensland has a rapidly growing and active ACBC branch with strong representation from both Australian and Chinese Businesses and government representatives. Business members come from a wide range of sectors including exporters, importers and investors. We focus on delivering programs and information for members on topics which are relevant to your business.

Being a member of ACBC provides opportunities for you to access leading firms active in the Australia China relationship. ACBC QLD holds regular high level networking events and seminars to provide our members with relevant information and opportunities to forge strong personal relationships with senior business people, government decision-makers, and senior practitioners across many fields in both Australia and China. ACBC also has close links with expatriate groups as well as with Chinese businesses and officials in China. We aim to connect our members with relevant networks and resources to support lasting commercial engagement. Our network provides a unique platform for business development, up-to-date information sharing and business opportunities. 



The Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) has a reputation for being one of the world’s most prestigious and innovative training organisations for young pre-professional musicians. Our training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of Australia’s finest young instrumentalists across metropolitan and regional Australia: from the emerging, gifted, school-aged student, to those on the verge of a professional career. AYO presents tailored training and performance programs each year for aspiring musicians, composers, arts administrators and music journalists aged 12 to 30.

When Professor John Bishop OBE and Ruth Alexander convened the first National Music camp in 1948, they created an institution that would fire the imaginations of over 12,000 young Australian musicians, see its orchestras tour the globe and instill in its participants a love of music and a dedication to the highest standards of performance.

The AYO occupies a special place in the musical culture of Australia, where one generation of brilliant musicians inspires the next, where aspiring musicians get a taste of life as professional musicians, and where like-minded individuals from all over the country gather for intense periods to learn from each other, study and perform.

On the world stage, the AYO has established itself as a cultural ambassador for Australia on twenty-one international tours since its first in 1970. Today, countless AYO alumni are members of some of the finest professional orchestras worldwide.




Conveniently located 3 escalators down from the Lobby, AirTrain is a guaranteed way to get from Sofitel Brisbane Central to both International and Domestic Airports in 24 minutes flat. 



Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse VIDEO

is an iconic Australian centre for contemporary culture. The building was originally a working power station which electrified the city from the 1920s to the 1970s. Afterwards the building was then abandoned to the city’s artists, rebels and fringe-dwellers who used it as a performance space, home and underground hang-out.




CHANTEFIQUE, the Alliance Française choral and Brisbane's only French-singing choir, comprises approximately 25 people of all ages and varying abilities in speaking French. We are a friendly group , united by our love of music and our affection for and interest in French culture.
We sing at various events such as the French Film Festival, Bastille Day celebrations, the Beaujolais arrival and of course Christmas festivities. Our current repertoire embraces a diverse range of French classical ballads through to modern favourites.

We rehearse every Friday at Alliance Française in West End from 3:15pm to 5:15pm after which we socialise with a glass of wine and nibbles and by sociable dinners from time to time.

We are always keen to welcome new members, especially male voices to provide musical balance to the choir. There is a small membership fee payable twice a year along with the membership to Alliance Française.

To know more, contact our Choral Director, Narelle Todman:
Tel : 07 3342 0760
Mob. 0402 075 269



Alliance Française de Brisbane is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture.

And we're the best French school in Brisbane! Click HERE to find out why!

Did You Know?
  • The Alliance Française de Brisbane was founded in 1907, meaning we have been teaching French in Brisbane for over a century!
  • It is part of a large international network (with over 810 other Alliance Française all over the world). Click HERE to find out more!



August Horch

Pioneering automobile engineer

August Horch was born on October 12, 1868 in Winningen on the River Moselle; he was the son of a blacksmith. In 1896, after studying at the Technical College in Mittweida, he joined Carl Benz in Mannheim, remaining in charge of the motor-vehicle construction department there until 1899. He can be said to have accompanied and contributed much to the development of the automobile during its earliest days.

In 1899 August Horch opened his own small motor-vehicle repair workshop in Cologne, building his first car in 1901. In 1902 he moved his company to Reichenbach in the Vogtland region of Germany, then again two years later to the Horch Werke’s final location in Zwickau.

The second car factory
In 1909 differences of opinion led to August Horch left the company he had founded. Only a few weeks later he had established a second car factory. This was named Audi, in 1910 – a Latin translation of his own name. Horch retired as Chairman from the Audiwerke AG’s Board of Management in 1920, and began to pursue a career as expert consultant and assessor in automotive engineering matters. When the new Auto Union AG company was formed in June 1932, he was invited to join its Supervisory Board. August Horch died on February 3, 1951 in Münchberg, Upper Franconia.


Brisbane French Festival

Celebrate Bastille Day in Brisbane! At Le Festival, you can experience it all - French music, cuisine, culture, entertainment and wares.

Le Festival is held at the Cultural Forecourt from Friday 7 (evening only) to Sunday 9 July 2017. Head along to get an authentic taste of French culture – try French delicacies, enjoy champagne and wine, see live entertainment and more. 

For all of the details, head to the official Le Festival website.

Event Information

Upcoming Dates
7 Jul, 2017 6:00PM - 7 Jul, 2017 10:00PM
8 Jul, 2017 9:00AM - 8 Jul, 2017 10:00PM
9 Jul, 2017 9:00AM - 9 Jul, 2017 6:00PM
Free for children under 12. Online: $5 per day or $14 for a three day pass. At the gates: $10 per day. Concessions and students $5 per day.

The Brisbane French Festival returns to Southbank’s parklands in July 2017 and invites you to discover the best of French culture. Traditionally celebrating Bastille Day, join us for our annual gourmet fair and celebration of French heritage. From an exclusive selection of design and handicraft products, to culinary delicacies, wines and champagnes and hours of French entertainment on stage, the Brisbane French Festival plays host to Australia’s most traditional French experience.  



Mitchell Fine Art

mitchell fine art

Mitchell Fine Art is an exciting new gallery located in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. The converted industrial space is an exciting addition to the vibrant Brisbane art scene. With ample onsite parking, the modern gallery features seven metre ceilings and a floor area of approximately 250 square metres.

An extensive inventory of high-quality artworks and the business' long term expertise in the art world provides a quality experience for anyone visiting the gallery. Advice and assistance is also available for the purchase of artworks for interior design requirements, corporate office placements and private collection acquisitions.

Artworks can be purchased through the secure website or via the gallery and can be sent nationally and internationally.

The gallery is open 6 days a week from Monday through Saturday.





GOMA. A place where people come together to be inspired and imaginations spark. A place where ideas meet. This summer will be packed with even more excitement as GOMA turns ten. So come along and help us celebrate from 3 December 2016.

This milestone for GOMA and Brisbane is being marked by a new public artwork by Queensland Indigenous artist Judy Watson, and major free exhibitions, including: 'Lucent', showcasing art of Australia and the Pacific; a second chapter of 'A World View: The Tim Fairfax Gift', including a captivating new light work by renowned artist Anthony McCall; and the spectacular 'Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything', featuring over 200 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses. From brand-new immersive works to large-scale visitor favourites, 'Sugar Spin' reflects our complex connections to the natural world with an explosion of colour, sensation and spinning delights.



Queensland Symphony Orchestra

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), under the guiding baton of Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch, is renowned for its high quality, breath-taking performances of both classical and modern compositions that engage audiences of all musical tastes, interests and ages. Sofitel Brisbane Central is a proud sponsor of The Queensland Symphony Orchestra. For more information about this year’s program please click on the "Find Out More" link below.

Special events website Link


Queensland ballet

With 23 dancers, Queensland Ballet is a company which presents a varied repertoire of dance works. One of only three full-time professional ballet companies in Australia, Queensland Ballet is a showpiece of the State’s arts culture. Sofitel Brisbane Central is a proud sponsor of The Queensland Ballet. For more information about this year’s program please click on the link below.


2017 is the year to fall in love with Queensland Ballet

Ballet gives power to a story, and this power is far-reaching and uniquely expressive. As a Company we want to push the boundaries of ballet and see where it takes us. That is why our Season 2017 will offer a mix of beloved classics and new works that will challenge both audiences and artists alike. 

Raw, a presentation of three very different ballets is a captivating start to our Season. 

Ballet lovers will swoon over Swan Lake, enriched by the magic of Ben Stevenson’s choreography. This is traditional ballet at its most heartbreaking and glorious.

The comedic La Fille mal gardée will lift your spirits with its fresh take on impossible love, unrequited love, misguided love.

The fun continues with Peter Pan, flying back due to popular demand and more magic is waiting with The Nutcracker, a festive favourite that brings families together as only the best stories can.

2017 will see us launch Bespoke, an exciting contemporary season of collaboration between art-forms at the Brisbane Powerhouse. Our popular Dance Dialogues studio series returns to showcase new works from emerging choreographers.

In 2017 a new romance will begin. Whether you are new to ballet, or spellbound since childhood, this Season is a journey that will challenge, seduce and inspire your emotions. 

Guarantee your seats for 2017 and save with Season tickets

Available online or by calling Qtix on 136 246 from 9am, Tuesday 20 September.

View the 2017 season brochure



01  Designed in italy. Made in england 
The bespoke shoe collection

02  Crafters of style 
The Maserati Capsule Collection

03  37-38 New Bond Street, London 
The new Global store is now open