The Brisbane Festival is under way promising a spectacle of light and creativity.

The three week festival features the talent of local and international acts.

Chelsea Lammas reports.


It’s an event that unites the city and brings visitors from around the state.

One of the highlights “Riverfire” has been moved to the back of the program to ensure the Brisbane Festival goes out in spectacular style.

Jono Perry, Brisbane Festival Technical Director: “Obviously September is a very packed month in terms of events, with football finals and lots of Bridge to Brisbane and those sort of events and we felt we would close the festival with a bang this year.”

After sunset, the magic of the festival goes into full swing with free events such as the spectacular laser and special effects show filling the sky.

Jono Perry, Brisbane Festival Technical Director: “Obviously a big highlight is the Santos GLNG City of Lights which is on every night during the festival.”

This is the second year the light show has featured in the program but the first time it’s been orchestrated from the middle of the river.

Jono Perry, Brisbane Festival Technical Director: “We’ve brought the action a lot closer to the people so the barge is only 80 metres from the shore and that’s got all the main big lighting effects and lasers and water pumps on it.”

The light show starts at 7pm every night until September 29.

The annual festival brings together a mix of local and international acts in theatre, music, visual arts and installations.

Tonight’s program highlights feature singer songwriter Archie Roach performing at the Spiegeltent.

Chelsea Lammas, QUT News.