Festivals play an important role in the cultural and creative life of a city.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

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They provide opportunities for residents to explore our city and culture as well as attracting and entertaining tourists from interstate and overseas.

That’s why Council is committed to supporting our city’s vibrant festivals and ensuring that the community continues to benefit from these festivals and events.

This financial year we have committed $3.6 million to community festivals – which range from signature city festivals like Brisbane Festival, as well as localised community celebrations.

Our investment for large festivals such as Paniyiri and Buddha’s Birthday is also backed by funding for smaller community events such as the Brisbane Billycart Championships and the Morningside Festival, which we expect to flourish into the future.

Among these local celebrations are a number of multicultural festivals, which allow residents to actively engage in our cultural diversity.

In the last financial year, more than 14,000 participants and 3,500 volunteers worked to deliver 66 Council supported Community Multicultural Festivals, which were enjoyed by 662,000 residents and visitors.

Brisbane is a new world city and a part of that is embracing other cultures and multicultural events are helping to break down barriers. Our strength is in our diversity, and it is important to embrace events such as this to help foster our cultural relationships.

During G20, we will have 7000 International guests here from all over the world visiting our city and so it’s important we show them Brisbane’s friendly, inclusive and vibrant heart.

I recently announced a series of globally inspired events that will be held in the days and weeks around G20, designed to showcase Brisbane as a vibrant new world city as we take the global centre-stage and maximise opportunities for local businesses.

Throughout November, Brisbane Marketing will stage a program of special dining offers at our top city restaurants coupled with live music events called ‘Global Flavours’. This international food program will cast the spotlight on the city’s exceptional dining experiences and fresh local produce complemented by a music showcase featuring talented local musicians, artists and bands.

This activity will be backed by the ‘Brisbane Soundtrack’, a ramping up of our City Sounds program which will see our CBD streets come alive with the sounds of our talented emerging local musicians in the lead-up to, and during, the G20. It will run in various locations across the CBD from 10-16 November including Queen Street Mall, Reddacliff Place, King George Square, Post Office Square and the Riverside Precinct, as well as throughout the city’s many parks, monuments and green spaces.

I encourage residents to get involved and engage, whether it be in a musical festival like Valley Fiesta, an environmentally friendly festival like Green Heart Fair, an arts festival like Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival, or even just the local suburban fete!