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BNE September/October


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Quandamooka Festival is a celebration of the culture, country and

people of Moreton Bay, from the islands to the bayside suburbs

between Mt Cotton and Lytton, and as the festival comes to a close

at the end of September it is not too late to join the fun and learn

about the heritage of the region in different locations – including

guided walks on Coochiemudlo Island (8-15 September), a dolphin

day celebration honouring the sacred totem of the Quandamooka

people at Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island (24 September) and

the official closing ceremony – a kunjiel (or corroboree) packed with

song and dance performances (17 September) at Dunwich, also on

Straddie. For details see

Music in the air

Next time you take off on a trip from Brisbane Airport you may find

yourself departing to a serenade by Queensland’s own Symphony

Orchestra (QSO) which will be taking up the baton as the airport’s

next Artist-in-Residence from September.

BNE is the first airport to have an Artist-in-Residence program

which it started last year and QSO will follow painter Robert

Brownhall, BNE’s first Artist-in-Residence, who created a series of

works for exhibition all featuring different views from the terminals.

QSO has earned a popular following in its home-town for its

varied repertoire which ranges from masterworks to special events

such as its tribute to David Bowie (coming up on 1 October at the

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre) and Brisbane Airport

wants to showcase that talent to a wider audience. Three mini pop-

up performances are scheduled for before the end of the year with

ensembles of five to 10 musicians playing a range of musical styles at

both the Domestic and International Terminals.

Brisbane Airport has long been a champion of the arts in the city

as a major investor in projects and organisations across the board

from music and theatre to ballet, exhibitions and festivals, and it

has commissioned works for one of the biggest and most significant

collections of public art in the state valued at more than $10 million.

According to Rachel Crowley, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s

head of corporate relations, the Artist-in-Residence program aims to

do more than entertain travellers as they pass through the terminals.

“There’s a growing awareness of Brisbane as an arts city and

we want to add momentum to that. Traditionally people think of

Queensland as a holiday state that is all about the great outdoors,

nature and beaches, which is wonderful, of course, but we also think

that Brisbane is an urban city and a growing arts destination that

adds a different dimension to what people can experience here – and

we want to support that. We hope that passengers travelling through

the airport will enjoy the experience and we hope it will inspire

Brisbanites to take a closer look at this wonderful orchestra.”




Fans have been jubilant to hear that the Brisbane Bullets

will be back in the game for the NBL season when it starts

in October. South East Queensland hasn’t had a team in the

competition for four years. With Andrej Lemanis returned

from his Olympics assault and CJ Bruton on the coaching

team hopes are high for a strong debut – although their first

match against current league champions Perth Wildcats will

be a tough start. Former Bullets team-mates Steve McLeod,

Luke Gribble, Rodger Smith and Duane Rogers have already

signed up for season tickets. They’re planning to make home

games a family affair as the long-time friends now have kids

who also love the game. “Andrej is a great choice of coach

and they have recruited a good squad so I’m excited to see

what they can do in their first year,” says McLeod. For more

information see



The Village Markets at Skygate will become a hub of eco-friendly

ideas from 26-30 September when Brisbane Airport Corporation

hosts its first Eco Fair at the shopping precinct. Eco workshops on

different topics and things to make will be held daily along with

special presentations on sustainable living – including bee farming,

home grown herbs and vegies (with plant giveaways), healthy

eating, energy tips and more. Activities are free from 10am to 3pm

daily. See the program at