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What’s to love

at Ekka

It’s been going for 138 years but we’re not tiring of the

Brisbane Show, aka Ekka. In fact, it’s got more friends

than ever, generating almost two million Facebook posts

– but while the times they are a changin’ there are some

things we want to stay the same … and we’re prepared to

put our money where our mouth is, just see below.

As well, there are more than 300 showbags to choose

from, 10,000 animals to see, 40 rides to go on and about

50 events each day. No wonder visitors spend an average

seven hours there. Ekka is on 7 to 16 August at Brisbane

Showgrounds, Bowen Hills. See

www.ekka.com.au

BNE July/August 2015 |

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180,000+

DAGWOOD DOGS

119,000

STRAWBERRY SUNDAES

40,000+

CHEESE TOASTIES

5000+

WAFFLES ON A STICK

7000+

CWA SCONES

3000+

AWARD-WINNING STEAKS

4000

SERVES OF THE WORLD’S

HOTTEST CHILLI

JUST LOOK WHAT

GOES DOWN AT

EKKA TIME …

RACE

around Straddie

Brisbane triathlete James Dimsey won the Straddie Pure last year and found the

run course, his strongest skill, challenging not only in the way you’d expect. “I

had to be careful not to get swept up in the scenery,” he says. Dimsey will be

back for the event this year which is part of the Straddie Salute Festival on 22

and 23 August. The festival includes the Straddie Stride, a run (or walk) over

8.5km, the Straddie Pure Traithlon (750m swim, 20km cycle, 8km run), the

Straddie Salute Triahtlon (750m swim, 18km cycle, 8km run) and the Straddie

1000 Ocean Swim, a kilometre long point-to-point race on Cylinder Beach.

While the Pure triathlon sticks to sealed roads for the cycle and run, the Salute

course goes off road for some of the cycle and the run traverses road, trails and

some beach. Each triathlon event will run on the Saturday and anyone with any

puff left can refresh in the Ocean Swim on Sunday before the ferry ride back to

the mainland. For program and entry details see

www.iconevents.com.au

What towear

next

Fitbit, Apple watch, Google Glass – they’re just the beginning. As

technology increasingly infiltrates almost all aspects of our lives, you

might well ask what will we be wearing next? Well, a new exhibition at

artisan gallery in Fortitude Valley has some ideas. Following a cloud

workshop conducted last year in conjunction with Hong Kong Baptist

University, Brisbane academics Dr Beck Davis (Griffith University) and

Dr Rafael Gomez (QUT Creative Industries) have curated Wear Next, a

showcase of some experimental wearable and interactive designs that

blur the boundaries between art and science.

Works have been submitted by a mix of emerging and well-established

designers from Australia, Asia and Ireland. Items on display span

categories such as health, security, fashion, entertainment and workplace

health and safety – one garment reacts to visually express the health

of the environment around you, opening up debate about how it might

be used in the future. It’s not just fascinating to look at, it’s a thought-

provoking insight to what’s coming – will we lose our physical selves to

the technology? Who will guard the fine line between good and evil in

the way it is used? A public program of talks will start the conversation –

because the future is here.

Wear Next at artisan gallery, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, from

25 July to 7 November. For details see

www.artisan.org.au

Illumine

by Chelsea Bateman, Sarah Capon,

Ben Donnelly, Rubens Ma and Gabriel Wu