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Welcome to Spring! An abundance of experiences awaits you in Brisbane this month from cultural and sporting events to a vibrant restaurant and bar scene and all of the natural local attractions. With this in mind, your Brisbane concierge team has developed this bulletin to provide you with ideas for your time in the riverside city.

Enjoy this beautiful Brisbane sunshine and head to our Soiree Pool deck for a swim and relax with a cool beverage this weekend or head out into the city to enjoy the outdoors. We have included a list of our favourite activities on in Brisbane this month from food, arts, cultural and more and strongly suggest for you to explore them during your stay in September.

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Every September Brisbane Festival attracts around one million people. Starting in 2009, the month long festival runs from 9th – 30th of September and boasts a thrilling and action packed program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and public events, finishing off with Sunsuper Riverfire. This fanstastic fireworks presentation is not to be missed and can be viewed from a number of locations along the river, Southbank and City.

The event is suited to all ages and includes a range of programs that are free and ticketed. These events are spread across various Brisbane locations including Brisbane Powerhouse, QPAC, Southbank and La Boite Theatre Company.

Topics picks for events include: London Grammar on 23rd Sept, Chef: Come Dine with Us 9th-16th Sept, Under Siege 27th-30th Sept, Megan Washing & Queensland Symphony Orchestra 28th Sept and of course Sunsuper Riverfire on the 30th is a must see for everyone!

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Billed as the ultimate urban festival experience, BIGSOUND is programmed across 17 venues, with a line-up that sees more the 130 of the hottest buzz bands jumping straight from the lips of tastemakers onto the biggest new music program yet. BIGSOUND takes place in Fortitude Valley from September 5th – 8th so don’t miss out. 

Booking a four-night Rainbow Pass via Oztix allows access to 17 live-music stages at Australia's biggest frenzy of live-music discovery.

From humble beginnings, the festival has accumulated an impressive list of alumni who’ve used the event to launch their careers. Join the international music community to discover our nation’s best new talent.

Check out the full line-up to start planning at


This epic, visually ravishing event comes from China’s most famous choreographer and dancer, Yang Liping. 

Under Siege is her stunning vision of the climactic battle between Chu and Han armies - an encounter that changed the course of Chinese history - and a love story between the besieged warlord Xiang Yu and his self-sacrificing concubine that would transcend death. 

Celebrated most famously as Farewell My Concubine, the story is reimagined by Yang with searing poignancy and breathtaking spectacle. 

Designed by Academy Award-winning Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Akram Khan’s DESH) and Chinese American installation artist Beili Liu, Under Siege features performers from Peking Opera, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary dance, and classical and folk music. This is a magnificent, unforgettable experience.

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Kate Beynon draws on multiple visual traditions as the foundation for her artworks, including Western and Eastern comic books, mythology, animation, film, graffiti, calligraphy and fashion.

In 'Friendly Beasts', Kate Beynon brings to life four hybrid figures who are inspired by mythological figures, deities, theatrical masks and supernatural creatures. Young visitors will meet these benevolent friends - Blue Shaman, Lotus Monkey, Tu-Dao Dog and Gorgon Girl - who each have their own traits and personalities and aim to promote imagination, creative expression and fun.

Children and families can engage with the Friendly Beasts through interactive activities, which include creating a new 'beast' identity by combining character features as part of a mask-making activity, dancing with the beasts in the artist's video installation Visions from a Ghost Tale / Friendly Beasts edit 2017, and contributing to the beasts' magical world in the collaborative drawing activity The Lotus Garden.

More information about the Gallery Of Modern Art can be found at:


A showcase of the very best in fresh local produce, Black Hide Steakhouse Brisbane is the only restaurant in Queensland to provide an exclusive selection of world-class steak cuts from Stanbroke Beef, Australia’s most esteemed beef breeder & producer. Located on popular Caxton Street in Brisbane, Black Hide’s mission is to serve its guests an out of this world culinary experience when it comes to steak cuisine.

With over 60 years experience in the restaurant industry, the team at Black Hide is committed to quality, consistency, service and innovation in the kitchen. Experience prime organic, wagyu and angus steak cuts, all exclusive to Black Hide, all 100% halal certified. This restaurant has won numerous awards including Chef Hat- Good Food Guide Awards three years running, Australia’s Best Steak Restaurant in 2014 and 2016 and Queensland’s Best Steak Restaurant 2014-2017.

A superb function venue in Brisbane, Black Hide Steakhouse features 3 private dining rooms, ideal for special event celebrations, corporate functions, business meetings or simple gatherings with friends and family. The menu is perfect for banquet dining, and menus can be created to suit your function, event or special occasion. Black Hide is open Tuesday – Saturday so if you are looking for a new restaurant to try out we strongly recommend you have a look at the menu and book online at


Have you got plans for the race that stops the nation? This year celebrate at one of Sofitel Brisbane Central’s Magnifique events. This includes an indulgent day in the elegent Thyme2 Restaurant with a Pimms cocktails on arrival, or book out Prive249 for a private cup day soiree for up to 30 guests.

There is also the Cuvee Lounge Bar where you can enjoy a sublime cocktail party with gourmet canapes, dessert buffet and beverage package including Mumm Cordon Rouge Champagne and the ever popular Fashion on the Field competition. All venues will have access to big screens to view the race. So place your bets and we hope to see you in November.

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