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Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse boasts on point programming & glorious river views at one of our cities most iconic locations. One of Brisbane’s go-to venues; the Brisbane Powerhouse is not just for the ‘arty’ types but caters to a diverse range of audiences. This coming season MARCH – APRIL is no exception with an inclusive and exciting program. There is a wide variety for audiences to choose from; including Dance, Theatre, Comedy, Film, Music & Circus. Something for everyone on this season at 119 Lamington Street, New Farm.

We’ve picked some of our must see events/shows from this season.

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Already in full swing is the eight annual Brisbane Comedy Festival. Split across two venues, Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Hall this festival features over 66 comedians from Australian and around the world; including some high names like Wil Anderson, Dave Hughes and Rove McManus. Each night there are different comedians promising to make you #lol the night away. On Friday and Saturday nights during the festival at the Turbine Platform at the Powerhouse you can also see for free some of QLD’s best improv with the Queensland Theatresports Champions.

Sunday 26th February – Tuesday 28th March 2017 | Full Program & Tickets 


For one night only on Saturday 1st April be prepared to be to be moved and feel the spirit of Gawurra. Gawurra’s album Ratja Yaliyali [pronounced Rart-ja yarl-i yarl-i] is music for everyone. Sharing songs about his life in Arnhem Land in his own language of Gupapuyngu. “When we sing from the heart and tell stories through the music. It doesn’t matter if people don’t understand but you can listen, you can feel the spirit.” Gawurra’s deep and powerful voice transcends time and is one not to be missed.

Saturday 1st April | Visy Theatre | Buy Tickets

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I Am My Own Wife

I Am My Own Wife is a haunting and beautiful one-man production dealing with queer history in a time of extreme oppression. Exploring the life of of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf who survived both the Nazis and the Communists as a transgender women. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright spent hours interviewing Charlotte and the resuts are this touching piece of theatre. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony award for Best Play. Make sure you catch I Am My Own Wife at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Tuesday 4th April – Saturday 8th April | Visy Theatre | Buy Tickets

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Trainspotting Live 

With all the hype of T2 Trainsportting hitting the big screen this month; why not watch the original Trainspotting Live in the theatre? Adapted from Irvine Welsh’s 1993 novel Trainspotting is a horrific, confronting, hilarious and never-to-be-forgotten story about the Edinburgh heroin scene of the 80’s. Trainspotting lovers this one if for you and if you’re yet to see this cult classic, why not make this live theatre show your first & memorable time.

Wednesday 19th April – Saturday 22nd April | Powerhouse Theatre | Buy Tickets

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Festival of Tibet

From Wednesday 26th April – Sunday 30th April the Brisbane Powerhouse is hosting Brisbane’s ninth Festival of Tibet. This festival is a celebration of the people from Tibet and offers audiences a culturally rich experience showcasing both traditional and contemporary Tibet. There is a mix of free and ticketed events with fundraising going to the Tibetan Children’ Village Schools in India. With a variety of activities, including learning to meditate, cook dumplings or listen to Dr Lobsang Sangay (the first democratically elected Prime minsters of the Tibetan Government –in exile) talk. This inclusive and enriching festival is for everyone young and old.

Wednesday 26th April – Sunday 30th April | Brisbane Powerhouse | Full Program

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Jack Carty

For those music lovers out there, Jack Carty performance on Thursday 13th April is one not to be missed. This Brisbane based musician performed, recorded and produced his album is his tiny one bedroom apartment in Red Hill. From little things big things do grown and Home State Jack’s debut album is no exception, Touring internationally in 2016, Jack is retuning to his home town to perform for one night only. If you don’t know Jack Carty, now is the time to find him on spotify get to know his stellar tracks so you can sing along on Thursday 13h April at Brisbane Powerhouse.

Thursday 13th April | Visy Theatre | Buy Tickets

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Jack Shimabukuro

Another musician to come to Brisbane Powerhouse on Thursday 13th April is Jack Shimabukuro. I have to confess I hadn’t heard of this incredible musician, but I have just been balling my eyes out watching him play Bohemian Rhapsody and Halleluiah on YouTube. This guy is the real deal! Holy moly. Jake is an established musician from Hawaii and Japan who absolutely smashed it out on the ukulele. It feels as though he has an entire band of instruments with him on the stage not only one ukulele! He is touring his new album Nashville Sessions to Brisbane in a not to be missed event. I actually couldn’t stop you tubing Jack!! Maybe I was living in a bubble but his you tube video of “while my guitar gently weeps’ blew my mind.

Thursday 13th April | Visy Theatre | Buy Tickets

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Each and every Saturday head down to the Brisbane Powerhouse Plaza for the Jan Powers Farmers Markets. Fresh, vibrant and bustling with over 12o stalls. Perfect Saturday morning stroll, basket in one hand and juggling a hot pastry and coffee in the other. We couldn’t think or a better way to begin Le Weekend!

Every Saturday | Powerhouse Plaza | MORE INFO

For the kids

Free workshops for the little people in your life. Little Artists at Play is on each Tuesday at the Turbine Platform (inside the Powerhouse). This creative play workshop is for children aged 0-5 years with host-artists from Imaginary Theatre.  This month is Sound Planet a musical play installation exploring the dimensions of rhythm and sound.  On every Tuesday 9am – 12pm except school holidays.

Every Tuesday | Turbine Platform | MORE INFO


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