With his final festival program about to kick off, Artistic Director Noel Staunton has saved the best to last.

The full Brisbane Festival program was announced earlier this week, and organisers are promising an electrifying line up of music, theatre dance and family friendly entertainment.

Artistic Director Noel Staunton said that he expects hundreds of thousands of people to attend the 73 productions and 440 performances that will occur of the festival’s three-week duration. “The quality of artists and work means Brisbane is in for a very special September,” Mr Staunton said.

This year is Staunton’s final festival, and he will sign off with a bang when the Festival’s 16-tonne firework extravaganza Sunsuper Riverfire concludes the event at the end of September. “It has been an honour and a privilege to spend the last four years bringing everything that is great about the arts to Brisbane,” he said. “We have laid on some amazing festivals over the years but I believe we have saved the best until last.”

Having difficulty deciding which performances to attend? Limelight has picked six of the best:

The Perfect American

Concert Hall, QPAC

September 15-20

The latest opera from Philip Glass will make its Australian debut in Brisbane. Imagining the final months of Walt Disney’s life, the production is visually spectacular and features a stunning international cast.


The Courier, Mail Piazza

September 10-21

This saucy cabaret show has been touring for months, playing to packed houses around the world. From mop ballet to ariel trapeze, this splash-filled fusion has it all.


The Cultural Forecourt, Telstra Spiegeltent

September 20-21

Tom Flanagan, energetic star of Tom Tom Crew and Circus Oz, returns with this chaotic mix of comedy and acrobatics.

Jazz on Sunday

Cultural Forecourt, Telstra Spiegeltent

September 7-21

Each Sunday, sit back and enjoy some hot food and cool jazz. A selection of local and national bands, as programmed by Jazz Queensland, are sure to get your toes tapping.

Ocean’s Skin

Whale Mall, Queensland Museum

September 23-27

Topology and one of America’s most acclaimed contemporary dance companies, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, come together to immerse our senses in an exquisitely beautiful blend of music and movement.

Art from the Margins

Brisbane City Hall

September 11-14

This free showcase exhibition features artworks by artists living with physical or intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, homelessness, and other challenging life situations.