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Jan 23, 2014


Australia Day Festival @ South Bank 2014

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)

I’m an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
Celebrate what’s great with music, art, fireworks and mates
Last year Australia Day in Brisbane was a sodden celebration with days of downpours forcing the cancellation of events all over town. The forecasts for Australia Day 2014 are a little more favourable, indicating some showers throughout the day. But what’s a little rainfall between patriotic friends? Get out and about in whatever sunshine there is at this year’s Australia Day Festival at South Bank.

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The Australia Day Festival at South Bank is the official, and largest, Brisbane Australia Day Queensland event. This year the whole South Bank precinct is involved with activities and performances from GOMA and the State Library to QPAC and the Conservatorium. Celebrations kick off at 10 am and there will be something for everyone throughout the day and into the evening, with the fireworks finale providing a colourful end to the patriotic picnic.

You can download the PDF Program of the day’s events here but below is the lowdown on the highlights.

• Josh Holt from Network Ten is the host for the 2014 Australia Day Flag-Raising Ceremony, which begins at 11.15am at the Cultural Forecourt. This ceremony is steeped in tradition and is an important recognition of the role of the Australian Defence Force. There will be the Australian Defence Force guard of honour, the Australian Army Band Brisbane and the raising of the Australian, Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. The ceremony is followed by the wow-factor RAAF flypast and a 21 gun salute at 12 noon.

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• A range of family-friendly musical performances will take place across four stages: Rainforest Green stage, Cultural Forecourt stage, The Courier-Mail Piazza stage and The Con stage.

• This year there will be demonstrations of street art, 3D chalk art and sand art by popular local artists.

• The Glenelg Street Lawn will be transformed into a giant Aussie backyard with the assistance of IKEA.

• You can take part in the ultimate Aussie challenge: the Triple M Pluggers Gift is a dash for $1000 cash in your thongs. You can register online to participate here.

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Image from Australia Day website


GOMA hosts the Kangaroo Crew (an interactive art program for children) from 10am to 5pm at the Children’s Art Centre on Park Level.

• The State Library of Queensland will provide free showings of 2 Aussie classic films: Babe at 10.15 am and Strictly Ballroom at 12.15pm. You can also see a sneak peek of The Best of West End Film Festival at 2pm.

• The skies over South Bank will light up with fireworks at 7.30pm.

This Australia Day get along to South Bank to celebrate with family, friends and fellow citizens in the great Aussie outdoors… and don’t forget your thongs, sunscreen and hats.

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