Australia Day

26 January 2015

159 days to go

Festival program

The Parklands, South Bank, Brisbane, came alive on Sunday 26 January 2014 with music, interactive art installations, family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.

Check out what was on:

 

Activities and family entertainment

Australian Unity's Thank you Australia pop-up street art 
10 am - 7.30 pm
Have your photo taken and watch local artist Barek transform messages of thanks into a unique piece of art.
Thank you Australia
Sand art replica of a 1948 Holden FX Ute by Dennis Massoud
10 am - 7.30 pm
Replicating a true blue Aussie ute from four tonnes of sand.
Dennis Massoud
Street art installation by Fintan Magee 
10 am - 7.30 pm
Watch as world-acclaimed street artist, Fintan Magee, creates his own Australia Day masterpiece.
Fintan Magee
3D interactive chalk art by Rudy Kistler
10 am - 7.30 pm
Art you can jump in to! Join the picture to become a part of the art.
Sand art
The IKEA Backyard 
10 am – 5 pm
We're spending Australia Day together in The IKEA Backyard – and everyone's invited! Play, relax, read or have a picnic on the Glenelg Street lawn.
Ikea backyard
Young Designers Market
10 am - 5 pm
Discover fashion, art and homewares from some of Brisbane's best designers.
Markets

Fireworks
7.30 pm
Don't miss the spectacular Australia Day fireworks display along the Brisbane River.
Fireworks





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Cultural Forecourt Lawn (11.15 am to 2 pm)

11.15 am - Flag Raising Ceremony
Don't miss the traditional 21-gun salute then F/A-18F Super Hornet flypast at 12 noon.
Hosted by Josh Holt, Network Ten.
Flag Raising
12.15 pm - Gun viewing
Take advantage of the unique opportunity to view the Australian Defence Force guns up close.
Gun viewing
1.30 pm - Triple M's Pluggers Gift
There's nothing more Australian then pluggers. Bring your thongs to participate in Triple M's Pluggers Gift race for your chance to win cash prizes. They'll be a series of heats before an exciting grand final
 Pluggers

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Cultural Forecourt Stage (2.15 pm to 7.25 pm)

2.15 pm - Double Lined Minority 
With two releases already under their belt, pop-punk group Double Lined Minority is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young bands in Queensland. From sets at Big Day Out and Wallapalooza, to opening for Smash Mouth, the group has shown a knack for performing. Renowned for high energy shows and onstage antics, it's Double Lined Minority's undeniable gusto that has fans and critics raving.

Double Lined Minority

3 pm - Brisbane Babas Band 
This small group offers colourful, rhythmic and energetic performances of upbeat Indian music that makes the audience want to join in and dance. Since forming 12 years ago, Brisbane Babas Band has performed all over Australia and New Zealand.

Brisbane Babas Band

4 pm - Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society 
The Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society has proven there is very little that can't be played on a ukulele. What the 'uke' lacks in chromatic richness, it certainly makes up for in versatility. Its bright, happy sound is used by the society to cover a broad spectrum of musical styles—putting a new spin on a range of easily identifiable Aussie musical icons from the past several decades to present.

Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society

4.30 pm - Meet the artist
Discover what it takes to be a street artist when we talk to Fintan Magee.

Fintan Magee

4.45 pm - Sheppard
Brisbane's own pop six-piece group, Sheppard, became one of 2013's breakout radio acts with sing-a-long hit Let Me Down Easy. Sheppard features siblings Amy, George and Emma Sheppard, along with friends Jay Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon, who together create a unique mix of party atmosphere and good-time melody.

 

 

Sheppard

5.45 pm - Cheap Fakes 
Cheap Fakes is a six-piece band performing an eclectic fusion of funk, pop, ska, reggae and dance music, predominantly steeped in offbeat guitars and catchy melodies. Cheap Fakes has quickly become one of South East Queensland's most energetic live acts, regularly packing venues and festivals across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Their inimitable sound has earned them party favourite status, providing their fans with music that is engaging, uplifting and most importantly great to dance to.

Cheap Fakes
6.45 pm - Slip-on Stereo 
Funky and fresh four-piece band, Slip-on Stereo, has been considered the band-to-see since breaking onto the scene in early 2012. Self-described as summer sounds, their style is a unique blend of pop, funk, RnB, reggae and anything else they feel inspired to throw in the mix. These boys don't look like easing up any time soon with the recent release of the first single Mercury off their five track EP.
Slip-on Stereo

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The Courier-Mail Piazza Stage (10 am to 7.15 pm)

Hosted by Seamus Evans, Totally Wild and Jonathan Lea, Ten Eyewitness News

10 am - Welcome to Country

10.05 am - Network 10's Totally Wild
Learn about Australian wildlife with presenters Duane Strauss and Alex Battye.

Totally Wild
10.45 am - Lissa and Nee Nee
Lissa and Nee Nee (Melissa Western and Tnee Dyer) are an all-singing, all-dancing, high energy, fun-filled, family friendly musical duo. The duo's show features entertaining jazz numbers, magical nursery rhymes and rocking originals. Audiences are moved to their feet by the infectious energy of Lissa and Nee Nee.

Lissa and Nee Nee

11.30 am and 1 pm - Bust a Move 
Bust a Move is a hip-hop dance program for children, teenagers and young adults with a disability. The program began in 2009 with five enthusiastic students attending one class a week and has grown to accommodate more than 50 participants. Bust a Move's vision is for people of all abilities to feel equal and powerful in the world and have an opportunity to express themself in a comfortable environment. Dance is also the vehicle that encourages these young people with disabilities to become independent within their own communities.

Bust a Move
11.35 am - Meet the artist
Meet Dennis Massoud, the artist creating a true blue Aussie ute from four tonnes of sand. 
Dennis Massoud
12.15 pm - ToastedTV
Join the games, fun experiments and sneaky pranks Seamus Evans and Ollie McCormack have planned.
Toasted TV

12.35 pm - Meet the artist
Have a chat with Rudy Kistler who's travelled the world bringing landscapes to life with 3D chalk art. 

Sand art

1.05 pm - Australia Day Magic
Add a little surprise to your Australia Day with some of South East Queensland's best magicians.

Magic

1.40 pm - Getano Bann
Getano was raised on the banks of the Pioneer River in his home town of Mackay. Music, dance, storytelling and humour were an influential and integral part of his childhood, growing up in an extended Torres Strait Islander family. As a singer, songwriter, storyteller and entertainer for well over 25 years, Getano has been described as highly passionate, poignant, and often humorous. His songs are a rich blend and mixture of musical styles, from smooth latin, blues, tender soul, to slick funk, and emotional ballads, reggae and full throttle rock. In amongst this musical feast Getano intertwines family stories, cultural perspectives, life lessons, self reflective moments and gollops of humour, which makes a performance of irresistible listening and entertaining moments. 

Getano Bann

2.20 pm - Hussy Hicks 
The genre defying Hussy Hicks has discovered a musical world all of its own. The band's influences are drawn from family record collections of old school blues and country and world travels, to combine a distinctly Australian roots edge with European gypsy guitar, Arabic rhythms and optimistic social commentaries. The 'Hussies' have been welcomed with honorary memberships into blues, folk, country and jazz circles, spreading their good vibes across festival stages and venues throughout Europe, America and Australia, with the single goal of playing music for the absolute joy of it.

Hussy Hicks

3 pm - Bambini
This energetic four-piece creates hook heavy music – pure and simple, unadulterated and unforgiving. Their mantra and hard work has paid off with the release of their latest single and music video for Tough Night Out in the City winning them Best Music Video from Queensland at the Australian Independent Music Video Awards in December 2013.

 Bambini

3.45 pm - Little Odessa
With throwback sounds that blend an energetic swagger from the 1950s with a genuine love for pop songs from the 60s and 70s, Little Odessa's debut single 'My Girl' won a NIDA/triple j Unearthed competition to have their first video produced. The local Brisbane band was also chosen by The City Sounds to record with ARIA-winning producer Magoo and his Applewood Studios.

Little Odessa

4.30 pm - Melissa Western 
Enjoy jazzed covers on some Australian classics with Melissa Western. Melissa has performed to audiences locally in Brisbane, nationally and internationally in the UK and France. Sassy, soulful, smart and sweet, Melissa spans the worlds of jazz, cabaret and theatre bringing her rich, velvety tones and incredible versatility to live music, theatre and event entertainment. She has performed sell out shows, garnered multiple five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2007–13 and awarded the Women in Voice 2008 and 2012.

Melissa Western

5.30 pm - Brother Fox 
Born of a desire to play festivals, Brother Fox has been enjoying success since their high-energy folk/root infusion won the much-coveted Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition in 2012. Taking out the top prize secured the band an official performance slot at the 2012 Bluesfest and an appearance for 2013. The festival news runs hard and fast for the Brisbane trio with their recent inclusion in the 2013 Gorgeous Festival in Adelaide, which followed Grotto Fest, Brisbane Festival, Red Deer Festival, The Caloundra Music Festival, Brisbane's 2high Festival and The Summer Starter Music Festival.

Brother Fox
6.30 pm - Kooii 
Kooii's compelling fusion of afrobeat, reggae and world sounds, has earned them a glowing reputation. Their music brings together soulful vocals, three-part harmony and a deeply set rhythm section in an ageless and familiar sound. Their recent inclusion of two dancers in the group has given a visual magic to their show. The dancer's translation of the music is a reflection of the band's creation of a roots music that is distinctly their own and lets soul come through. The group recently performed at the Byron Bay Blues Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival, opened Seun Kuti's Brisbane show and released their Call Out Ep, which follows on from two previous albums.
Kooii

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Rainforest Green Stage (10 am to 5.30 pm)

10 am - Tim Jackman from State Library Queensland
Tim Jackman is an actor, singer and guitarist who has been entertaining children and adults alike for over a decade. With guitar, kazoo and classic nursery rhymes, Tim brings music and rhythm to the heads, shoulders, knees and toes of every audience. Join Tim for an all-singing, all-dancing, wild Woodstock-like ride of nursery rhymes as he hickory dickory rocks Australia Day.

Tim Jackman

11 am - Kimberley Bowden
Fresh off the back of her new EP Burnt on You, exciting things are happening for Brisbane based singer songwriter Kimberley Bowden. A country girl at heart hailing from Tully in Far North Queensland, Kimberley recently travelled to Nashville to be inspired by the talent and diversity pulsing through the city's music scene. Kimberley quickly felt at home in Nashville writing music and treating Tennessee locals to a dose of her amazing voice and quick stage wit at the Tomkins showcase. On the home front Kimberley has received critical acclaim for her song Do I, which earned her nominations at the Q Song awards and The Southern Stars: The Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

Kimberley Bowden

12.30 pm - Bambini 
This energetic four-piece creates hook heavy music – pure and simple, unadulterated and unforgiving. Their mantra and hard work has paid off with the release of their latest single and music video for Tough Night Out in the City winning them Best Music Video from Queensland at the Australian Independent Music Video Awards in December 2013.

Bambini

1.15 pm – Loren
Down to earth and humble, Loren is a true hard-working troubadour revealing a musical flair that can't be ignored. Ever evolving and creating, Loren explores a myriad of feels and styles, and his eclecticism makes him hard to categorise. Loren has an impressive collection of festival appearances, tours and sold over 10,000 albums independently. He has received national airplay including Triple J, and played with the likes of Lior, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald and Whitley.

Loren

2 pm and 4 pm - Maximo
Raised on 90s RnB and with a love for modern hip hop, Maximo chases a sound that combines tasty musicality with beats that are unmistakably solid. Breaking onto the scene in early 2013, the producer-artist has been turning heads with his natural ability and fresh take on the genre. Driven by a genuine passion for music, the keys-player turned RnB artist brings a unique intensity to his live shows, balancing lyrical rap with distinctive melodies.

Maximo

3 pm – Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society - BUMSteaders 
Members of the Brisbane Ukulele Musicians Society have come together to form an alt-country/bluegrass band whose music has been described as 'hillbilly lounge', 'chain-gang bluegrass' and 'bushranger blues'. You're invited to bring your own ukulele and join in as BUMSteaders play some classic Australian pop and folk songs in their unique style. On this special occasion the group will also be world-premiering one of their own compositions.

BUMSTEADERS

5 pm - Hussy Hicks 
Hussy Hicks has discovered a musical genre all of its own. The band's influences are drawn from family record collections of old school blues and country, and from world travels, combining a distinctly Australian roots edge with European gypsy guitar, Arabic rhythms and optimistic social commentaries. The Hussies have been welcomed with honorary memberships into blues, folk, country and jazz circles, spreading their good vibes across festival stages and venues throughout Europe, America and Australia. Their single goal of playing music is for the absolute joy of it.

Hussy Hicks

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The Con Stage (10 am to 6.45 pm)

10 am - Australia Day Magic
Add a little surprise to your Australia Day with some of South East Queensland's best magicians.

Magic

10.30 am – O'Little Sister
O' Little Sister is Lucinda Johnson, a solo acoustic folk singer/songwriter from Brisbane. With a unique voice matched with honest and emotional lyrics, each chord picked and every melody sung is like a key slowly turning the lock to the mysteries of the heart.

O'Little Sister

11.15 am - Felicity Lawless 
Flawless by name, lawless by nature Felicity Lawless takes inspiration from Jimi Hendrix in paring guitar riffs with soul and reggae to create beautiful melodies. Her love of music styles from around the globe is evident in her worldly sound. Doubling as a major songwriter for Anarchist Duck and Bertha Control, Felicity is perhaps better known for her funk, reggae and rhymes. Stripped from her bands, she sings a new breed of reggae folk with deeply moving and inspired lyrics.

Felicity Lawless

12.15 pm and 5.30 pm - Josh Lovegrove 
Josh Lovegrove has performed extensively throughout South East Queensland, ranging from intimate solo shows to full band gigs displaying deep, funky grooves and tasty guitar progressions. By creating the space and time to absorb the people, stories, emotions and Australian landscape, Josh has written a new wave of material, reporting this back to his audience and fans. A new set of recordings in 2014 will be created from the very best of the songs that are created from this project.

Josh Lovegrove

1 pm and 2.30 pm - Lani and Lecia 
Lani and Lecia couple angelic harmonics with acoustic and electric guitars, stomp box, beat boxing, percussion and the recorder. Their humorous, light-hearted approach creates an engaging atmosphere, while their high energy performance rocks the stage. Lani and Lecia are a fun female duo whose vibrancy easily entertains audiences. Likened to The Waifs and KT Tunstall, their original songs blend blues, rock and folk styles, rich in harmonies and rhythm.

Lani and Lecia

1.45 pm and 3.15 pm - Cody Butler 
Combining soothing pop and folk elements with her voice and guitar, Cody Butler certainly knows her craft and performs with the passion (but not the accent) of a young Billy Bragg. Delivering songs that are honest and relatable, she quickly persuades you to lose yourself in stories that are sewn into creative, yet humble and sincere, words and melodies.

Cody Butler

4 pm and 6.15 pm - Jackson James Smith 
Through his guitar and vocal melodies, Jackson James Smith has fused his own brand of blues-influenced music with a desire to convey personal experiences and thoughts. His songs showcase his thoughts on life. By conveying the lowest lows and the highest highs, heartache and elation, Jackson and his band create instantly relatable songs for audiences to cherish and connect with.

Jackson James Smith
4.45 pm - Georgia Potter
In a short burst of hyper-activity Georgia Potter has rapidly moved into the cutting edge scene of alt-electronic pop. Georgia's two promotional singles (XO and Reckless) heated things up with thousands of online plays. Just days after her single Reckless dropped Georgia was Feature Artist on Triple J Unearthed and nominated for Best Urban Release. Her track XO was also nominated for Best Music Video in the 2013 Queensland Music Awards. Georgia's eclectic mixture of neo-RnB and alt-pop sound encompasses a spectrum of dazzling musical concepts, traversed by spacious and beat driven production. Her debut LP is currently underway.

Georgia Potter

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QPAC

10 am to 4pm - Page to Stage: Costume Design for Performance
Tony Gould Gallery, QPAC

Page to Stage: Costume Design for Performance showcases designs and garments from the QPAC Museum collection. The exhibition features work from some of Brisbane's leading costume designers from a variety of productions including The Tragedy of Richard II, Popular Mechanicals, Cosi, The Soldier's Tale, The Marriage of Figaro, and Bartholomew Fair. Visit QPAC for further information. 

Traditions

Barbie on the Green (12.15 pm to 6.45 pm)
Venture into the great outdoors to hear some live tunes and enjoy some Aussie style hospitality at the QPAC Barbie on the Green. Sit back and relax under the trees or cut a rug with your mates as you enjoy a jam-packed afternoon of live music performed by local home grown talent.

12.15 pm - Cody Butler 
Combining soothing pop and folk elements with her voice and guitar, Cody Butler certainly knows her craft and performs with the passion (but not the accent) of a young Billy Bragg. Delivering songs that are honest and relatable, she quickly persuades you to lose yourself in stories that are sewn into creative, yet humble and sincere, words and melodies.

 

Cody Butler

1 pm - Hussy Hicks 
Hussy Hicks has discovered a musical genre all of its own. The band's influences are drawn from family record collections of old school blues and country, and from world travels, combining a distinctly Australian roots edge with European gypsy guitar, Arabic rhythms and optimistic social commentaries. The Hussies have been welcomed with honorary memberships into blues, folk, country and jazz circles, spreading their good vibes across festival stages and venues throughout Europe, America and Australia. Their single goal of playing music is for the absolute joy of it.

 

Hussy Hicks

1.45 pm - Bambini 

This energetic four-piece creates hook heavy music – pure and simple, unadulterated and unforgiving. Their mantra and hard work has payed off with the release of their latest single and music video for Tough Night Out in the City winning them Best Music Video from Queensland at the Australian Independent Music Video Awards in December 2013.

 

Bambini

2.30 pm - Jackson James Smith
Through his guitar and vocal melodies, Jackson James Smith has fused his own brand of blues-influenced music with a desire to convey personal experiences and thoughts. His songs showcase his thoughts on life. By conveying the lowest lows and the highest highs, heartache and elation, Jackson and his band create instantly relatable songs for audiences to cherish and connect with.

 

Jackson James Smith

3.15 pm - Benny D Williams
Benny D Williams brings his junkyard soul to your ears. With a growing groundswell of support, Benny will place his crowd in the present with his rich vocal, stylish strumming and mind blowing sound effects. Constantly working the road and all the pitstops, he'll have many a tale and even an insight or two into love.

Benny D Williams

4 pm - Josh Lovegrove 
Josh Lovegrove has performed extensively throughout South East Queensland, ranging from intimate solo shows to full band gigs displaying deep, funky grooves and tasty guitar progressions. By creating the space and time to absorb the people, stories, emotions and Australian landscape, Josh has written a new wave of material, reporting this back to his audience and fans. A new set of recordings in 2014 will be created from the very best of the songs that are created from this project.

Josh Lovegrove

4.45 pm - Lani and Lecia 
Lani and Lecia couple angelic harmonics with acoustic and electric guitars, stomp box, beat boxing, percussion and the recorder. Their humorous, light-hearted approach creates an engaging atmosphere, while their high energy performance rocks the stage. Lani and Lecia are a fun female duo whose vibrancy easily entertains audiences. Likened to The Waifs and KT Tunstall, their original songs blend blues, rock and folk styles, rich in harmonies and rhythm.

Lani and Lecia

5.30 pm - Maximo
Raised on 90s RnB and with a love for modern hip hop, Maximo chases a sound that combines tasty musicality with beats that are unmistakably solid. Breaking onto the scene in early 2013, the producer-artist has been turning heads with his natural ability and fresh take on the genre. Driven by a genuine passion for music, the keys-player turned RnB artist brings a unique intensity to his live shows, balancing lyrical rap with distinctive melodies.

Maximo
6.15 pm - Double Lined Minority 
With two releases already under their belt, pop-punk group Double Lined Minority is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young bands in Queensland. From sets at Big Day Out and Wallapalooza, to opening for Smash Mouth, the group has shown a knack for performing. Renowned for high energy shows and onstage antics, it's Double Lined Minority's undeniable gusto that has fans and critics raving.
Double Lined Minority

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State Library of Queensland

Good old Aussie fun with craft activities, performances, films and more. Enjoy some classic Australian family films in the lead-up to the Best of the West End Film Festival. Children at SLQ

10.15 am - Babe (G, 91 mins)
Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

12.15 pm - Strictly Ballroom (M, 94 minutes)
A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

2 pm - Best of the West End Film Festival
Now in its fifth year, the West End Film Festival gears up for its 2014 season with a special retrospective look at the most outstanding films from its storied history. Specially chosen by festival judges, this two hour spectacular short film extravaganza celebrates Australia Day with the wildest, most innovative flicks from our own backyard.

10 am to 5 pm - Our Dreaming: animating country (SLQ Gallery, Level 2)
Our Dreaming showcases Queensland's vibrant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, as they are retold through animation. Explore how new mediums have contemporised traditional storytelling, preserving a rich legacy for future generations. Experience how these stories are being shared and bring your own stories to life.

10.30 am, 12 pm and 1.45 pm - Storytelling in the Corner (The Corner, Level 1)

11.15 am and 1pm - Hickory Dickory Rock with Tim Jackman from the State Library of Queensland (Knowledge Walk, Level 1)

Join Tim Jackman for an all singing, all dancing, wild Woodstock-like ride of nursery rhymes.
Tim is an actor, singer and guitarist who has been entertaining children and adults alike for over a decade. With guitar, kazoo and classic nursery rhymes, Tim brings music and rhythm to the heads, shoulders, knees and toes of every audience.

Visit State Library of Queensland for further information.

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Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) 

10 am to 5pm - Kangaroo Crew (Children's Art Centre, Park Level)

The Children's Art Centre presents Kangaroo Crew, an interactive artist project created especially for children and families by Indigenous Australian artist Gordon Hookey, from the Waanyi people. The exhibition is based on The Sacred Hill, an insightful narrative developed by Gordon Hookey. Children are able to engage with the story through hands-on and multimedia interactives, and a story book published by the Children's Art Centre, illustrated with more than 20 paintings by the artist.

Visit GOMA for further information. 

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Queensland Museum

10.30 am and 1.30 pm - Creaturama (INVENTory, Level 4, Queensland Museum)

Gold coin donation.

Fold origami creatures and plants to create your very own Lost Creatures diorama in Creaturama. Using repurposed and recycled materials have fun making your own diorama scene and enjoy watching a landscape of lost creatures emerge. This is a two hour workshop. 

Visit Queensland Museum for further information.

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Program details are subject to change. Content is correct at time of publishing. 

The Australia Day Festival is an all ages, drug and alcohol free event. 

Australia Day activities in Queensland are proudly supported by the Queensland Government in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.

For more information, contact Events Coordination, Department of the Premier and Cabinet via email or phone 07 3003 9200.

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