Brisbane Festival – West End Live (19/09/2010) & Into Africa (25/09/2010)

On 19 September 2010, Brisbane Festival held West End Live. The event took place at Boundary St in the suburb of West End. Bus services affected none others than 196 and 199. West End, which is only within walking distance from the CBD, is quite a unique suburb. It’s home to Brisbane’s Greek festival, Paniyiri (which I didn’t attend this year), world food restaurants, a market and a very diverse & multicultural community.

First up, a replica of a vintage living room with, I presume, a black 7 white TV. Never before such a replica was put up in a street, usually I encountered this kind of thing at museum or art gallery. Don’t forget to tune in to Brian Cahill’s with Eyewitness News!

A kitchen? It reminds me of this Canadian movie titled ‘Spider’, which I watched at the State Library a few weeks ago. The kitchen set looks similar.

If you can, put racism claims aside for a moment. But, don’t you agree? I read on Courier Mail’s forum weeks ago about the naming of Boundary Streets and Roads across Brisbane and Southeast Queensland. During the British colonial era, those Boundary Streets and Roads were used as a border of where the Aboriginese could go.

Capoeira dancers in action.



By the way, you could dance along with the dancers if you wished to.


There were various food stalls available such as Mexican and vegetarian. This event is mainly about public art shows. Forums and talks were also taking place, one of the venue that I could remember is Avid Reader bookshop. Free sparkling drinking waters were provided by Brisbane Festival volunteers. Am looking forward to another great event next year.

Now, Into Africa is another Brisbane Festival event taking place at Yeronga State School. In order to reach that place, thou shalt take train on the Beenleigh line and stop at Yeerongpilly station. A shuttle bus is provided every 30 minutes between the station and the venue.

When I just reached Yeronga State School, suddenly it rained. But certainly it didn’t the dampen the spirit of going into Africa. Why this kind of theme? I heard it’s because human civilisation started out in Africa and make your conclusion using your own common sense.

There was a market selling African food products, art and crafts. There was also an Amnesty International booth. An Ethiopian band was performing not far from the market.

A lady introducing the Ethiopian coffee ceremony to the public. Yet using Australian milk? I didn’t try it though. Meanwhile, a Moroccan chef was demonstrating how to cook Moroccan food. As for lunch, I tried an Eritrean vegetarian meal. I didn’t know that Africans also eat rice. I thought what they eat more or less are the same as what the Arabians eat. It cost $10.

I didn’t stay long though. These trees were knitted for decoration purposes. But I’m not sure why.

My review: A bit disappointed with the event because, apart from the weather, there weren’t many African countries represented in the event. In particular western and central African nations. Hope the organisers can do better next year. But for those of you who want real African community feeling in Brisbane, I suggest you go to the suburb of Moorooka.


Hours before QBE Riverfire

On the day QBE Riverfire took place, I decided to go to Kangaroo Point Cliff to see the annual fireworks event. Why is that so? I read on the Brisbane Festival booklet that South Bank is usually very crowded and I had not been to KPC anyway.

I think I travelled more than 6 km on that day, from the city to KPC via South Bank then back to the city using the same route for lunch and back to KPC. If I knew where to walk on Story Bridge, I rather had my lunch in Chinatown.

At KPC, there is Kangaroo Point Park. It is really an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane city (not as busy as Singapore though). I could see the skyscrapers from there clearly (Riparian Plaza, Riverside Plaza, AAMI, Parliament House, Festival Tower etc), the Botanic Garden and Brisbane River.

At about 5 or 5.30 in the evening, a chopper flew over Brisbane skyline. All ferries, boats and yachts on the Brisbane River ceased their operations for a while.

Chopper flew over State Parliament House complex, notice the skyscraper.

And back from the CBD

Over South Brisbane

CityCat still travels although operations need to stop soon

But Channel Nine was busy to prepare their set for the special presentation right after Nine News. Andrew and Melissa presenting from KPC whereas Today’s Karl and Lisa from an apartment with Story Bridge as the background. Either Riparian or Marriott.

This is also where I learn that Nine News Brisbane ‘live’ feed is not ‘live’ as they claimed but rather pre-recorded five to ten minutes beforehand. Since then I don’t trust ‘live’ feed on all stations.

And the crowd gathered at Kangaroo Point Park waiting for the moment.

Brisbane Festival – Sunsuper Riverbreakfast

Yet another long due post, this time about one Brisbane Festival event that took place a day after QBE Riverfire. Sunsuper Riverbreakfast is a free breakfast event for Brisbanites and visitors to enjoy at Goodwill Bridge. The brekky is sponsored by Alliance Française Brisbane and hence the Fench breakfast offerings.

On that day, I had just attended the 8am mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral (yes, thanks to Brisbane Transport two additional services on Sunday & public holiday morning passing through my current suburb). I was aware of this event since I got the Brisbane Festival booklet. So after the mass, I walked to QUT Gardens Point campus looking for Goodwill Bridge. I was lost for a while though, circling around Old Government House instead. But in the end, I managed to get to Goodwill Bridge.

The Goodwill Bridge was guarded by a private security officer. And the queues were already long. Most of the ‘breakfast-seekers’ could speak French, I guess members or students of the main sponsor. The volunteers put cheese, strawberries, croissant and I forgot the rest (due to the old nature of this post). You could take apples and yoghurts (Vaalia brand) separately in another queue.

A snap of the free brekky

As the Goodwill Bridge became more and more crowded, I decided to eat my brekky at South Bank Parklands ‘dead’ food court area. It tasted good (since it’s free!). You could also take a bottle of sprinkle water from the Mater Hill end of the bridge. Unfortunately, I didn’t take and anyway even if I took it I would regret it because I don’t really like sprinkle water. I got a sprinkle water for another Brisbane Festival event, West End Live.

That was not the first time though I got free brekky (I think there is another post on free brekky in this blog). Another free brekky event was Channel Seven ACT Kids appeal at Central Station offered free brekky as well with Channel Seven Brisbane personalities (Rod, Kay, Shane, Pat and John).

Well, I definitely am looking forward to more free brekky events be it for charity or just for the sake of fun. But for now, corn flakes will be my staple breakfast. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend! 😀