It’s true that we are often the worst tourists in our own city. Yet, we are usually pleasantly surprised when we do undertake a journey of discovery, only to find out just how many hidden gems there are right before our eyes.
This is why a program like Brisbane Open House is such a great opportunity to explore what we, as residents, take for granted, and what we can show visitors to our new world city. Part of the Open House Worldwide program, with other participants such as Barcelona, Chicago, Helsinki, London, Melbourne, New York and Rome, we are in prestigious company!
Scheduled to coincide with World Architecture Day over the weekend of 10 and 11 October, this year the program will include a varied selection of public buildings, private houses, commercial offices, places of worship, educational institutions and heritage landmarks.
Now in its fifth year, Brisbane Open House has grown in popularity and engagement, with thousands of people now flocking to see behind the scenes and discover the mysteries and marvels of some well-known and not-so-well-known buildings. While being a successful promotional tool for the city of Brisbane, the deeper aspirations of the program are to raise awareness of the creative process behind the design and construction of environmentally sustainable and liveable spaces and foster civic pride.
Free of charge, although in some cases, requiring advance bookings, this is a perfect opportunity to get an insider’s view of places such as the Governor’s residence, Fernberg, at Rosalie; the United Services Club Queensland, in Wickham Terrace; the iconic Torbrek in Highgate Hill; Roma St Fire Station; Griffith Film School at South Brisbane and an array of architecturally-designed houses across Brisbane.
The program also includes architecture talks, presentations on local manufacturing and craft industries, walking tours, a children’s program, films, concerts and a photography competition, both in the lead-up to and during the open house weekend.
I’m tempted by the talk at Tattersalls on Thursday 1 October about Brisbane’s Art Deco architecture; the Architecture Film Night at the Princess Theatre, Woolloongabba, on Friday 2 October; the tour of Newstead Brewing Company on Saturday 10 October and Wandering Cooks on Sunday 11 October; the walking tour of Brisbane’s Vibrant Laneways and Outdoor Gallery on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October and An Afternoon at the Old Museum on Saturday 10 October, to the sounds of the Queensland Wind Orchestra. Can I fit it all in? Possibly not, but luckily, with the support of attendees, sponsors and collaborators including the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, the Brisbane Development Association, the National Trust and many others, it looks like this enticing event will continue to grow and prosper for years to come!
To get your program and to start planning your involvement visit the Brisbane Open House website.
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