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Brisbane Festival 2022: Activities for families to enjoy

Are you ready for Brisbane Festival 2022? Taking place from Friday, September 2 until Saturday, September 24, Brisbane Festival is set to deliver an exhilarating program of world-class arts performances and experiences.

Brisbane Festival will ignite the river, the sky, theatres and green spaces. If you’re not sure what to choose from this year’s packed line-up, we’ve pulled together a list of the activities for families to enjoy this year.

Kaleidoscope at the Brisbane Powerhouse

A brand-new solo project by one of the masterminds behind House of Mirrors and 1,000 Doors, Kaleidoscope provides the brave and adventurous with a new and different space to explore, contemplate and dream.

It’s an experience that disorientates the senses and challenges our preconceptions, providing access to a new kind of engagement with beauty and tranquility, within a colour field of ever-changing light. Step inside a constantly shifting illusion.

Kids under five years and adults 75 years and older are free. It’s on from Friday, August 12 to Monday, October 3.

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Luke Jerram’s three-part Planet Series

Turn your gaze to the stars with a celestial celebration from United Kingdom artist Luke Jerram.

His three-part Planet Series  kicks off with Museum of the Moon, a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound. Experience the majesty of the moon like you’ve never seen before.

Following, that is Gaia. This is your chance to see Earth as if from space. It’s an incredibly beautiful and precious place. As our only home, it’s ecosystem we urgently need to look after.

The third in the series from Jerram allows us to view Mars from the air. See every valley, crater, volcano and mountain as though you are satellite mapping and studying the surface. Full of detail from NASA, this artwork transports you to the vast desert wasteland.

These awe-inspiring large-scale installations are at West Village from September 2-24. You can enjoy them for free.

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The Pool at South Bank

South Bank Parklands transforms for Brisbane Festival with this award-winning artwork inspired by tidal pools of Australia. The Pool is a giant field of concentric circles that swirl with colour when activated by touch. Visitors can jump, dance and play across the cosmos, to their hearts content. New Yorker Jen Lewin is the artist behind The Pool, which comprises of 100 light pads.

Enjoy this experience between September 6-24. Enjoy this interactive artwork for free.

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Ephemeral at South Bank

Ephemeral is an immersive light and sound environment. It explores the concept of ephemerality, representing it as that of a bubble. By day, this larger-than-life sculpture emulates the magical qualities of bubbles by using dichroic film to create the illusion of bubble-like colours and form. At night, the personality of the sculpture shifts as the lighting animations bounce inside the reflective shell of the spheres, creating a whole new experience for the audience to explore.

Pop* down to the BOQ Festival Garden between September 2-24 to enjoy this free installation.

*Pun intended.

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Combining old-school whimsy with state-of-the-art technology, ZOOOM is an enchanting story of a child alone in her bedroom. Unable to sleep and curious, she begins a transformational journey with light and discovers that the dark is actually a magical place. The audience gets involved to help the lost star find its way home. What an adventure!

Inspired by iconic children’s book Harold and The Purple CrayonZOOOM channels the same philosophy; a child who makes sense of their world through art. The show is driven by the power of ‘child logic’, combined with the magic of science. Using original music, lasers and projections, ZOOOM is a beautiful and immersive show that explores what dreams are made of.

This production is suitable for children aged three to 10 years. It contains haze and lighting effects.

Tickets start at $25. The show is being performed between September 7-10 and goes for 45 minutes.

Brisbane Serenades

Seven mini festivals, seven suburbs, seven unique programs. Immerse yourself in hip-hop, jazz, and opera in the park, or feel the beat at celebrations of skate and sound system culture.

Brisbane Serenades is every Saturday (excluding September 3) and Sunday.


Mark your diary for the most spectacular night of the year as Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust heralds the start of Brisbane Festival on Saturday, September 3.

The skies will blast open with excitement and celebration as Foti Fireworks launch its shimmering and electrifying pyrotechnics display from bridges, barges and rooftops across the city.

Tune into Triple M’s live broadcast or Channel 9’s exclusive television coverage, or grab a front row spot along the Brisbane River.

This event is free. The Australian Defence Force displays commence at 5pm, with the fireworks to follow at 7pm.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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