Today I caught the train to Brisbane to catch up with a friend, the weather has been beautiful for being outdoors so the plan was to see a photography exhibition, grab a bite to eat and wander around the popular South Bank precinct. Today is also the day of our Federal election, we had to vote for our next Prime Minister and I can’t help but feel uninspired by the choice we have. Getting away from the polling booths and election talk was a blessing.
The 25th Annual Heritage Bank Photographic Awards, is a free photographic exhibition at the QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) Tunnel. On display for all to admire are the winning and top 50 entrants of the 25th Annual Heritage Bank Photographic Awards. As patrons of QPAC pass us on their way to enjoy a matinee at the theatre my friend and I stood back and marvelled at the creativity and talent demonstrated in the best shots from this year’s entries and also the past 25 years of winners. There were a couple of favourites, the Rainbow Lorikeet immediately captured my attention, such glorious, vibrant colour and an image of four little ballerinas reaching up to try and see outside a window.
At the other end of the building was another free exhibition – don’t you just love it when that happens? Tools of the Trade: Exploring the traditions of ballet costume, a small exhibition with many shapes and styles of tutu and ballerina costumes on display at QPAC until mid-October. As a little girl I loved ballet and can still remember the purple tutu I wore for an end of year concert, I loved the way the skirt flounced around as I danced and today I had the pleasure of seeing beautiful tutus such as those worn for a performance of Swan Lake.
A little background: the rise of Romanticism in the 19th century was reflected in the costumes that ballerinas wore and in 1832 Marie Taglioni’s costume for La Sylphide consisted of a fitted bodice with a layered gauze skirt revealing stiffened pointe shoes. The tutu was born and there has been many different variations during the century. Ballerinas wear a variety of costumes, but the tutu, in either the stiff short frill of net or the softer romantic style is a vital part of the ballet tradition.
It isn’t often that I eat Spanish food, the number of times could actually be counted on one hand and it isn’t because I don’t like the cuisine but the lack of access and availability. South Bank has numerous restaurants and cafes that cater to all kinds of tastes and preferences: the Florist with an organic cafe contained within, Ahmet’s Turkish, Italian, Vietnamese and too many others to mention. In addition to finding something tasty and affordable to eat, we also had to find somewhere that catered for the gluten free person (not me), Ole Restaurant caught our eye almost immediately and their menus offers up a great selection of gluten free foods.
Sharing tapas and raciones for lunch, and of course I had to photograph all of the food, we could not have enjoyed it without a glass of Sangria. The food was delicious: spiced potatoes; prawns with garlic and chorizo and a potato tortilla with vegetables. Next time I will be keen to try the paella or some jamon and maybe dessert, perhaps some sugary churros with a warm chocolate sauce…yummmmmmm
You can’t eat all that food and not take advantage of the good weather, South Bank is a wonderful place for walking and doing a spot of people watching. The man made beach was jam-packed with swimmers and sun bathers, the markets providing plenty of opportunities for visitors to part with their cash and we dodged cyclists, dog walkers and dawdling gawkers as we walked through the precinct, catching up on each others news and travels.
The Brisbane Festival kicks off soon, if it hasn’t already and as part of the event a bright pink, four-metre high bunny appeared at South bank and apparently it will be randomly popping up at other locations from today. The bunny is the work of Stormie Mills, an internationally renowned Australian artist, Stormie Mills was commissioned to create this super cute, random street art and soon the big pink bunny will be joined by other friends in various locations. I wonder if it will be as popular and as photographed as the giant rubber ducky that appeared in Sydney’s Circular Quay earlier this year.
Hope you’re having a great weekend!