Brisbane Insider: November 2018

Urban oasis in the heart of James Street

Offering more than just a bed and breakfast, The Calile Hotel, Brisbane’s most anticipated new address, has officially opened its doors as Australia’s first urban resort. Set in the heart of James Street, the boutique hotel offers guests moments of discovery and the unexpected. Well worth a look.

Makeover for the Marriott

Brisbane Marriott has announced a $20 million refurbishment which sees the transformation of its 267 guest rooms and suites, executive lounge, event spaces and restaurant. The fresh new look coincides with the Hotel’s 21st birthday celebrations.

Aussie water polo stars to host Japan in Brisbane Test match series

Australia’s men’s and women’s water polo teams will kick their Tokyo 2020 preparations into the next gear when they host the Japanese teams in a two test match series in Brisbane on 17 and 18 January 2019. The test-match exhibition forms part of Australian Youth Water Polo Championships (AYWPC) which will be staged in Brisbane from 12-24 January 2019 which brings together more than 3,000 participants from 190 teams across Australia.

Brisbane eateries named in Good Food Guide

Brisbane Marketing members were recognised at the prestigious Good Food Guide awards. Two Hats were awarded to Stokehouse Q and Otto, which also received Wine List of the Year and One Hat was awarded to Blackbird Bar and Grill, GOMA restaurant and Gerard’s Bistro.

From Milan to Brisbane

Italy’s celebrated Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company (La Scala Ballet) performs for the first time ever in Australia at QPAC from 7 to 18 November. This QPAC International Series is an event worth seeing.

Art from across Asia Pacific coming to Brisbane

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) comes to Brisbane from 24 November to 28 April, bringing together significant art from across the Asia Pacific. Overflowing with colour and life, this free contemporary art exhibition presents a unique mix of creativity and cross-cultural insight. It all kicks off with an opening weekend of festivities on 24 and 25 November. Don’t miss this vibrant showcase.

Day out for doco lovers

Get an exclusive peek into the world of leading international documentary makers at Congress ‘18 for free on November 30. This annual event travels the world to explore the latest trends and technologies shaping science storytelling.

Get your day pass and see a keynote by Academy Award-winning Producer Lord David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire), talks with Asia Pacific Screen Awards-nominated doc directors, a dive into the world of YouTube educators, demonstrations of immersive technology, film screenings and more! Space is limited - RSVP here for your Congress '18 Day Pass.

QHA award winners

Several Brisbane Marketing members received awards at the recent Queensland Hotels Association annual awards. Among the accolades was Rydges South Bank for best superior accommodation, Eatons Hill Hotel for best meeting and events venue, Sofitel Brisbane Central for best chef of the year, Hilton Hotel for outstanding achievement in training and The Glen Hotel and Osbourne for best redeveloped licensed premises up to and over $2 million. See the full list of winners here.

Woodford program announced

Each year the Woodford Folk Festival delivers a stunning showcase of entertainment, music, culture and creativity to an audience of more than 130,000 people. This year expect no different, with the program featuring a host of international and homegrown artists. Head along to the festival for one or multiple days from 27 December to 1 January.

Romance blossoming at Victoria Park

The Global Weddings Awards has named Victoria Park as the most romantic wedding venue in Brisbane. Victoria Park received the prestigious award for its unique and memorable experiences for clients. Well done.

Tickets on sale for 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Join the region’s leading filmmakers for a memorable night honouring cinematic excellence at the 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony. The black-tie ceremony is one of the most anticipated events on the Asia Pacific cultural calendar. Tickets are on sale for a star-studded evening on 29 November.