Sunday, 12 March 2017

2017 It's Live! In Queensland Events JUNE


4 – 11 June
Set in Tropical North Queensland, this nine-day multisport event includes the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns, IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns, and the Coral Coast Triathlon. Escape the winter and head north for warm days and nights, crystal-clear waters and palm-fringed beaches which are all trademarks of the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival. Other events in this exciting week include the RRR Mountain Bike Challenge, Hekili Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge, Quicksilver Reef Swim – Green Island, Cairns Post Bright Night Run and McDonalds IRONKIDS Cairns – a triathlon designed especially for kids. So strap on your stamina, you're going to need it.


10 – 23 June
Bowls Australia returns its largest and most prestigious bowling event, the Australian Open, to the Gold Coast. Making the most of the stunning backdrop, the week-long competition will see over 4000 bowlers from around the world compete at 14 clubs across the Coast for their share in the AUD$250,000 prize purse. Bowlers from all categories including Bowlers With A Disability and Junior Bowlers will compete.


23 June 2017 – 28 January 2018
Brisbane flexes its muscle with this Australian exclusive at Queensland Museum, stepping back in time to showcase the might and power of Ancient Rome. The international touring exhibition features interactive games and displays revealing the lives of gladiators, alongside more than 120 treasured artefacts from eight Italian museums and institutions. Everything from elaborately decorated bronze gladiator helmets to original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii. It's sure to command a big Emperor-style thumbs-up!


29 June – 9 July
Britain's flagship ballet company, The Royal Ballet, will perform exclusively in Brisbane for the 2017 QPAC International Series, bringing to life Australian premieres of two works, The Winter's Tale and Woolf Works.

Since 2009 the QPAC International Series has put the spotlight on Brisbane as a cultural tourism destination bringing exclusive productions like the Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet and Ballet Preljocaj to Queensland. The Winter's Tale, choreographed by The Royal Ballet's Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, is the first full length adaptation of a Shakespeare play by the company since Kenneth MacMillan's 1965 production of Romeo and Juliet and is Wheeldon's eighth work choreographed for the company. The Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor's full-length ballet, Woolf Works, which secured the 2016 Olivier Award for best new dance production, is inspired by three of Virginia Woolf's landmark novels; Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves, as well as her autobiographical writings.


30 June – 2 July
It's been 40,000 years in the making, but Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is an Eisteddfod like no other – celebrating the oldest living culture in the world in one of the largest gatherings of Australia's indigenous communities. Staged in the town of Laura, situated on the Cape York Peninsula, this biennial gathering draws 5,000 people from across Australia and up to 500 performers. The dust flies, the dance begins, and all you'll hear is the roar of the dance troupes as they bring ancient stories to spectacular life.

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