A Southbank Sunday

Ok so after publishing the post about my garden – i decided i REALLLLY needed to get out the house and show you all a bit of my beloved Brisbane. So on Sunday i headed off with Hannah to my favorite area in Brisbane, Southbank and in particular the cultural centre. The heart of Brisbane’s culture, entertainment, recreation and education, South Bank enjoys one of Brisbane’s best locations and is unlike any other lifestyle precinct i have so far visited.

The elements which comprise an idyllic Queensland lifestyle blend to form a vibrant precinct which attracts more than eleven million people annually and which has earned the precinct the reputation of Brisbane’s number one tourist destination and “people place”. The Parklands at South Bank features 17 hectares of lush gardens and lawns, the Promenade along to the Brisbane River

and the Bougainvillea Arbour which winds through the area

It is the place where the residents of my city come together to celebrate family functions, national events such as Australia Day or just relax and enjoy the setting. With free access to BBQ’s, playgrounds, sprawling grass areas, numerous markets

and shops it has something for everyone. South Bank has even been awarded the best public sector development in the world by the International Real Estate Federation and the world’s best downtown public space by the International Downtown Association. Not bad for little old Brisbane!

What most attracts me however is the Art, Culture and Museum precint as Southbank is home to the

  • Opera Queensland, QAG (the Queensland Art Gallery), Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, GOMA (the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art), Queensland, Maritime Museum, Queensland Museum. Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Theatre Company (QTC), Riverfestival Pty Ltd, Sciencentre AND the State Library of Queensland
  • We wandered along, past the Brisbane Wheel (one of the newest and certainly most exciting additions to brisbane skyline in recent years) and a variety of lovely statues

    until we stumbled upon Brisban’es Melting Pot Festival! It is a monthly series of FREE entertainment and activities aimed at celebrated and exposing world the music bubbling away in Brisbane’s diverse communities.

    It featured an array of ethnic delicacies from local communities including traditional food and drinks, arts and craft, new world music and dance.

    We enjoyed an asian salad

    whilst being entertained my a family troup of Scottish dancers!

    We then headed onwards to the Queensland Art Gallery to see its latest exhibition – all on hats!

    ‘Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones’ is the result of a collaboration between London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and one of the world’s foremost milliners, Stephen Jones.

    Exploring the fascinating world of millinery, (there is a little studio in the middle of the exhibition that resembles Stephen Jones’ to give us a insight into the crazy, messy, and intensely creative world of millinery) the exhibition presents more than 250 hats and iconic headpieces from the V&A’s extensive collection and Jones’s own archive.The exhibition has been designed to evoke a fantastical garden in which groups of hats are arranged like decorative floral bouquets.

    The hats truly are works of art and the time and creativy that goes into them is incredible. With a great diversity from an Egyptian fez to a wide-brimmed black silk tulle hat from Christian Dior’s first collection in 1948, Mary Quant’s c.1968 navy blue beret, and Stephen Jones’s ‘Wash n’ Go’ hat, moulded from clear plastic to resemble a splash of water

    I was EXTREMELY impressed. Particularly as hats aren’t something we, or atleast me personally, don’t usually pay much heed or attention to.

    Amongst other displays of the galleries extensive collection and a feature on James Fardoulys i was also impressed by the hundreds of incredible little planes made by children visitors to the gallery. The amount of creativity and imagination poured into each highly individual plane was amazing!

    We passed the State library

    As we headed to Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art – GOMA which after a series of headline grabbing Blockbuster exhbitions, the World and Australia is recognizing it as leading art museum. The Gallery’s driving philosophy is to connect art and people and during the past few years i would regularly visit both GOMA and QAG as i could always be guaranteed on emerging inspired and refreshed

    On Sunday i was particularly thrilled to see the interactive string installation – a room FILLED with hanging string which you took your shoes off and just wandered through – SO much fun

    I even took a short video of it to share the experience with you (i added the song “Looking for Polly” by the Custom Kings – a favorite band of mine – to enhance the video)


    Eventually we headed back along the river (which looks towards the CBD

    Back through the arbour

    and along Little Grey St ( a trendy street lined with boutique shops, cafe’s and fine dining restaurants )

    to make our way home.


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