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Brisbane Festival Serenading Our Streets

Story: Sandgate Guide
Sep 09, 2020
Brisbane Festival Serenading Our Streets
The Brisbane Festival is coming to the 4017 area with a twist to its live performance events line up when it brings music to the people in an innovative new program, Street Serenades.

The Street Serenades program will see free mini-concerts popping up in each of Brisbane’s 190 suburbs during the period of the festival, from 4–26 September.

Each of the pop up concerts will feature a 45 minute set, with some of Brisbane’s best contemporary musicians, finest classical musicians, DJs, cabaret shows, circus, intimate concerts, and acoustic sets lined up to perform. Four custom-built “band-wagons” will move through the suburbs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings throughout the festival.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said Street Serenades was created to bring the Festival to the people and fill the city with art, music, and celebration.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for people to come together with their family and their neighbours, sit out on their driveway and their verandas, and be entertained by a fantastic group of musicians,” Ms Bezzina said.

“Amid the tumult of international lockdowns, I was so heartened to see news footage of spontaneous singalongs on Italian balconies, tight-knit US communities choreographing socially distant dance performances, bands on the back of trucks playing music as they drove through Spanish streets and, closer to home, neighbours enjoying driveway drinks.

“It is so important for Brisbane Festival to bring that same hope, joy, and sense of connection to every part of Brisbane, as well as to celebrate the depth of incredible talent that exists among Brisbane and Queensland artists.”

Brisbane Festival was unable to share the Street Serenade locations due to the current gathering restrictions but said the concerts were more of a surprise and delight pop up than a pre-promoted event.

Keep your eye out in the 4017 area for these special mini-concerts and enjoy the atmosphere that live music brings.

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