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Brisbane Festival Kicks Off with Riverfire this Weekend

Brisbane Festival will kick off on Saturday 2 September when Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust returns to ignite the city skies.

By 96five NetworkFriday 1 Sep 2023NewsReading Time: 2 minutes

Queensland’s most anticipated celebration of arts and culture from 1 – 23 September starts with a showstopping opening weekend that merges new technology and timeless stories. 

Ahead of this dazzling display, the festival will officially open with Jarrah on 1 September, a smoking ceremony that connects to Country and pays respect to Brisbane’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Brisbane’s biggest and best fireworks extravaganza will shimmer to a soundtrack curated by Brisbane music royalty Kate Miller-Heidke and Kier Nuttall and simulcast on Triple M.

An estimated 400,000 spectators are expected to view Riverfire by Australian Retirement Trust from vantage points across South Bank, Kangaroo Point and Brisbane City with many more tuning into a live broadcast on Channel 9.

Over 1,500 hours go into preparing the fireworks display and in 2023, there will be 15 firing locations with more fireworks than ever before including 11-tone gross weight of fireworks with 20,000 shooting ground-based effects including comets, mines and crossettes and in excess of 4,000 aerial shells.

The best vantage points to check out Riverfire are:

  • River Terrace at Kangaroo Point *best spot for a panoramic view of the display*
  • Kangaroo Point Cliffs
  • South Bank
  • Captain Burke Park
  • Wilson’s Lookout
  • Riverside Centre
  • City Botanic Gardens

Following the celestial spectacular, Ms Miller-Heidke and Mr Nuttall will return to wow audiences with the world premiere season of their brand-new musical, BANANALAND, from 16 September.\

Brisbane Festival’s 2023 program both welcomes the world and spotlights Brisbane on the global stage across 23 days of must-see events, artists and performances.

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