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This years Brisbane festival looks awesome! Especially the Santos City of Lights... Every night a lazer show over Brisbane!




They have a great iphone app which has a lot of info about the festival.

Also, the Golden Casket Light Sphere looks cool. I love how Brisbane is attracting corporate sponsorship for art and entertainment. Fantastic to see.

 

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Light relief for a flood-ravaged city
Clare Morgan
August 23, 2011


Festival of firsts … the riverbanks will have nightly laser shows, an interactive light tunnel and a giant mirror ball. Photo: Jon Baginski

Laser shows with music are set to breathe new life into Brisbane.

Noel Staunton could barely believe what he was watching from his home across the water as the Brisbane River, raging after weeks of rain, engulfed the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and the South Bank arts precinct.

''The stuff flowing down the river, the anger and speed of it, it was unreal,'' he says.

Eight months on and the river that destroyed so much will be the focal point for Staunton's second Brisbane Festival, which begins next month.
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As well as the regular Riverfire pyrotechnics, the riverbanks will be the scene of nightly laser shows, an interactive light tunnel, a giant mirror ball and a huge Aboriginal artwork strung between two towers at the arts centre.

''I felt September was the right time - we've dealt with things. It's about claiming the river back. It's an integral part of Brisbane and it's beautiful,'' Staunton says.

A central part of the program is the world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin's Symphonia Eluvium (Symphony of the Floods).

The festival had commissioned Kats-Chernin to write a symphony, her first, about the city but the floods changed everything.

''We sat down and said the symphony should be about the floods. We both agreed it was the right idea. It captures that moment of time in music,'' Staunton says. ''There's a chorus and we name all the places that got flooded. There's a moment about the mud army. If you were in Brisbane it will be emotional, if you're in Buenos Aires it will be fascinating.''

Staunton jokes he expects a deluge of plays about the floods in the next year or two but warns: ''Don't send me scripts - I've done the floods.''

Of the nightly laser show, Staunton says: ''I felt we needed to do something big, something that hadn't been done before, and to reflect colour and light back into people's lives. We wanted to say Brisbane is back, Brisbane is here, and we're getting on with our lives.''

The choreographed show of lights and music will use technology never seen in Australia before - one of many firsts claimed by the festival. It has the Australian premieres of Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin and the hit Chinese play Rhinoceros in Love. The Sydney Dance Company will premiere its latest work, The Land of Yes and the Land of No, in Brisbane ahead of its home city.

Staunton says such firsts are about creating a point of difference.

''I've had to create an atmosphere for Australian artists and the idea that they can come and get new works up. The festival is the perfect place. Nowadays, if you think of the staple diet of the major companies, it's very hard to get new work into the system. I can do two or three things in each festival. At present, we have seven commissions in the pipeline. Three of them will happen this year and the rest will roll out over the next two years.''

One such commission, the world premiere of Beautiful Noise, came from a whim.

''We built a 600-seat amphitheatre outside the Brisbane Powerhouse last year. It's got this incredible wall and I thought wouldn't it be great if people could tap dance up the wall? Then I found this great tap dance company in Brisbane called Raw Dance. They're very big in Europe but nobody here has heard of them. They're brilliant young kids with incredible skills. I thought what if we get them and Legs on the Wall together to create a show.''

A workshop last year proved that, yes, people can tap dance up a wall.

Staunton has learned a lot since his debut festival last year. ''It was very hard for me to know what the Brisbane public liked. I now know they love circus. So if you look at the program now, there's a lot of circus,'' he says.

The festival, once a biennial event, became annual in 2009 after combining with the RiverFestival.

''Everyone in Brisbane knows about Riverfire but if you talked about the festival, they didn't know what you were talking about. So we're trying to establish September as festival time, a time when companies work together to bring things you'll never see, and create that buzz and excitement.''

The Brisbane Festival runs from September 3 to 24. See www.brisbanefestival.com.au.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/light-relief-for-a-floodravaged-city-20110822-1j6ln.html#ixzz1VoDkRR9Y
 

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pretty keen for the light show, love bright lights and colours atop buildings. Still sad about CP1's blue strip :sad2:
 

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You can see the massive boxes that house what I presume will be the lasers on top of a few of the city buildings now. From memory casino towers and Brisbane Square both have them as well as over the pedestrian section of the queen street bridge over the river. Unless they are just for fireworks.
 

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^^ I think it will mirror that example render. So by the looks of it lasers would be coming off Evolution, Santos Place/400George, Brisbane Square, Casino Towers, Executive Building, Victoria Bridge, a barge and random ones placed along the riverbank by the looks of it.
 

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I have family (inlaws) coming down from the Sunshine Coast on Saturday for Riverfire. Any ideas where the best vantage points for this would be. We have children I was hoping for something on the eastern side of the city. New Farm/Valley/KP

A favorite place is under the story bridge on the path near River Place but with the lasers I want the kids to see well.

Any ideas.
 

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^^ Yeah, unfortunately the lasers are only really designed for South/Western suburbs with Southbank being the best vantage point.

You could try that new park they just built on the river... that seems family friendly with grass and good views. Although you might need to get there very early to secure a good spot.

If you want to just show up 10 mins before, probably the kurilpa bridge or victora bridge (if open) or Brisbane Square are the best for late enteries. I'm thinking around the Wheel might be a good spot also to just show up 30 mins before. I hate waiting half the day.
 

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^^ Yeah, unfortunately the lasers are only really designed for South/Western suburbs with Southbank being the best vantage point.

You could try that new park they just built on the river... that seems family friendly with grass and good views. Although you might need to get there very early to secure a good spot.

If you want to just show up 10 mins before, probably the kurilpa bridge or victora bridge (if open) or Brisbane Square are the best for late enteries. I'm thinking around the Wheel might be a good spot also to just show up 30 mins before. I hate waiting half the day.
I hope they don't just design it for people at Southbank or the south west. There are like 300,000 or more people who go see it from all angles.
 

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But the laser show is going for two weeks I think. Riverfire night would not necessarily be the best night to see the lasers.
 

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But the laser show is going for two weeks I think. Riverfire night would not necessarily be the best night to see the lasers.
That is good to hear. I'll take the kids to Wilson's lookout or the boardwalk below river place.
 

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^^ You've got a point there! Fireworks smoke + lasers could look really good! I'm going in for it, might take my camera and attempt to get some photos or video.
 

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Fyfoto Special Presentation | Santos City of Lights and Riverfire Preperations | 30 August 2011.















 

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great spotting! Thanks.
Would have liked it on more than just the southbank-facing buildings, but should be good regardless
 

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Crossing the Victoria bridge today I noticed the barges are in the river and a temporary control office has been put on top of the old bridge embankment.

Looks like there'll be lots of lasers, so the show shoul be great!
 

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I knew there would be a lot of lasers, but it didn't dawn on me exactly how many there would be until I saw those photos (cheers for those Fyturis!) I'm definitely planning on going, just praying the weather is good for it!
 

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^^ Me too. The forecast says 'shower or two' although it says that about every day leading up to the event, and its blue sky's today.

Also according to Brisbane Festival's twitter account a large art installation is currently being installed on top of QPAC. Apparently it is interactive too.

https://twitter.com/#!/BrisFestival

And check this out! Massive new stage being created outside the Powerhouse!

 

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^^ Bloody hell! Not doing things by halves at the Powerhouse! And it's not like the venue is short of room on the inside, so they must expecting a BIG crowd!
 
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