Anyone with an ounce of curiosity as to what’s inside some of Brisbane’s prominent and landmark buildings can find out for free on the 2018 Brisbane Open House weekend.
This year 114 buildings, many of them heritage and others significant architecturally or engineering-wise will be open for viewing, either self-guided or with a guide.
There are also 20 fascinating walking tours of Brisbane's historic, architecturally notable and art precincts and neighbourhoods as well as 30 events.
Included for the first time this year will be Open House After Dark - a series of events inviting visitors to experience the city in a different light, with various conversations and activities held in thrilling locations ‘after dark'.
BOH Chair and Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton believes BOH helps deepen people’s understanding of Brisbane by encouraging them to engage with the city’s unique built environment.
Brisbane Open House 2018 will unveil some of Brisbane’s best kept secrets across a variety of different categories, including award winning architectural gems, heritage heroes, hidden treasures, creative studios and vast views,” Mr Middleton said.
New buildings to join the list this, BOH's 9th year, include award-winning Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Flight Centre, Government Printery Office, Skytower and Mt Crosby Pumping Station.
Popular pre-booked buildings include: Boggo Road Gaol (Dutton Park), Torbreck (Highgate Hill), Craigston (Spring Hill), Fernberg - Government House (Paddington), Old Windmill Tower (Spring Hill), One Room Tower (West End) and Walter Taylor Bridge (Indooroopilly). Bookings open online on Fridat Sep 28 at 9am.
A great way to take in the buildings and points of interest in any one area and their history, culture and stories is to join an informative Walking Tour, with choices such as City Centre Heritage, Green Heart Tree Tour, an After Dark Secrets night tour, and the World Expo '88 trail. There's also a Mt Gravatt Cemetery bus tour and a Brisbane Bridges by Bike tour.
Events sure to book out fast this year include a night screening of Jaws in the 19th century Spring Hill Baths (the oldest swimming baths in the southern hemisphere), a private studio experience with Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet at their historic Thomas Dixon Centre home, as well as Finding our Voice, a panel dicussion re the politics, people and music (and old fiilm footage) that shaped Brisbane, especially in the Joh years, at The Zoo.
Concerts include Simply Strings at St John's Cathedral, Colonial Chords historic music in the convict-built Comissariat Stores and a range of Bands in Parks (free).
One must do for art lovers is the fascinating Painting Vida, a 2 hour theatrical walking tour experience focussed on the art and life of famous Queensland artist Vida Lahey.
And one for the diaries that doesn't require booking is the Design Market Place in Brisbane's oldest laneway Burnett Lane, which will feature design talks, walks, street food and local design and craft shopping and, by night, the Desire Line Laneway Party will have everyone up dancing.
Meanwhile the Valley's laneways - Bakery, California and Winn Lane, are coming together for family-friendly The Hidden Lanes Festival, which will feature some 37 musical acts, market stalls and more.
Need to know - Guided tours fill up quickly as do dedicated building tours. Bookings open online on Friday Sep 28 at 9am.
Nice to know - Brisbane open House has a fantastic set of maps with suggested self-guided walks in the various neighbourhoods and suburbs.
*While Brisbane Open House is mostly free to attend, there are a few concerts and events which require ticket purchase.
View the full program with all buildings HERE
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