Brisbane’s biggest street party warms up

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today inspected the final preparations and rehearsals that are underway in the city’s entertainment precinct for Brisbane City Council’s 22nd Valley Fiesta, which kicks off tomorrow.

A jam-packed program of five days of music, theatre and culture, including nightly cabaret shows straight from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will take over Fortitude Valley from 29 August to 2 September, in what will be Brisbane’s biggest street party.

Cr Quirk said the revamped Valley Fiesta, delivered for the first time by QMusic, would welcome up to 65,000 fans to 48 local venues for a diverse line-up of music, theatre and cultural events put on by more than 500 performers.

“Council is committed to creating more to see and do, and with critically-acclaimed shows, larger-than-life projections, flashmobs, laneway parties and inflatable art installations, the new-look Valley Fiesta is set to be one of the stand-out events on this year’s cultural calendar,” Cr Quirk said.

“Valley Fiesta will once again provide a fantastic platform for Brisbane’s emerging creative talent, with Le Coup cabaret nightly headline shows as well as live sets from Thelma Plum, Seaside, Sweater Curse and local favourites The Steele Syndicate, Gabriella Cohen and The Jensens.

“This year’s Valley Fiesta will also feature immersive theatre, bringing The Ballad of Rosie Quinn to Fortitude Valley following a sold-out season at Anywhere Theatre Festival.

“Brisbane is a vibrant New World City and Valley Fiesta will also celebrate the best of Queensland’s video gaming industry with a showcase of locally-made video games.

“Over the five days there will be more than 70 free events, including a themed performance stage in Brunswick Street Mall and a special program of active events, in addition to a range of other performances in local entertainment venues.

“Valley Fiesta has been showcasing the best of Brisbane’s cultural scene since launching in 1997, celebrating the work of local acts and showing just why our city is regarded as a great place to live, work and relax.

“Valley Fiesta is one of more than 50,000 festivals, events and markets we help to deliver each year as part of our commitment to create more leisure and lifestyle opportunities.

“Council’s free Wi-Fi also means you’ll be able to share your Valley Fiesta experiences instantly, while the My Valley website can provide recommendations on the best places to eat, shop or play in the heart of our city’s iconic entertainment precinct.”

For the full Valley Fiesta program, visit www.myvalley.com.au/valley-fiesta-events or call Council on 3403 8888.