Last Saturday evening marked the grand finale of Brisbane Festival for 2017, with the spectacular display that is Sunsuper Riverfire.
Some 500,000 people filled venues and lined the banks of the Brisbane River to see aerobatic performances by the RAAF Roulettes, helicopters, a Globemaster transport, and the awe inspiring F18s. They set the scene perfectly for the eruption of Australia’s longest fireworks display.
It was of course the final act of three – once again – magical weeks. The Festival continues to go from strength to strength, and this year we witnessed record crowds and box office success. The Treasury Brisbane Arcadia at the Cultural Forecourt, Southbank drew close to 300,000 people on its own, and figures show over a million people participated in the Festival in some way.
In total there were 540 performances, 60 productions, 20 venues around inner Brisbane, five world and 11 Australian premier performance, and more than 1,400 artists from here and around the world, including those from 28 Queensland arts companies.