The Brisbane Airport Light Garden installed at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank for the Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

The crowd begins to gather to watch the first Santos GLNG City of Lights special effects show during the opening night of the Brisbane Festival, 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

The crowd begins to gather to watch the first Santos GLNG City of Lights special effects show during the opening night of the Brisbane Festival, 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

The Cultural Forecourt at the South Bank Parklands played host to the official opening of the 2013 Brisbane Festival on Saturday night where hordes of visitors jostled each other to explore and revel in an aural and visual feast of free offerings.

The night kicked off with a superb performance by Brisbane’s very own local Indigenous Dance Troupe, Nunukul Yuggera. The internationally acclaimed dancers performed a stirring rendition of Welcome to Country.

Next up the Queensland Show Choir took to the stage featuring their lively and entertaining a capella range of songs from Brisbane Sings.

The dazzling stage decor of the Wunder Bar at Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

The dazzling stage decor of the Wunder Bar at Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

Hot on the heels of these accomplished singers, local students from the prestigious Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) delivered a mesmerising blend of contemporary Indigenous dance routines in sync with traditional and pop musical genres.

To end, Brisbane-based Cheap Fakes, entertained the audience with their catchy fusion of reggae, funk, pop and ska music.

Judging from the audience’s enthusiastic and never-ending applause, the opening day concert was a resounding success.

But, there was more to come to regale the senses!

An art installation beside the Wunder Bar, Cascade Court QPAC during Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

An art installation beside the Wunder Bar, Cascade Court QPAC during Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

The Brisbane Airport Light Garden is a stunning light installation designed by Tony Assness. This impressive piece of visual art changes colours as you stroll under its dazzling design and within the blink of an eye, a plethora of mesmerising colours unfolds from this latest LED technology.

Nestled between the ferris wheel and the light garden, another splash of lights attached to a metal entrance, welcomes visitors to The Spiegeltent Garden Bar, the ideal open-air venue where visitors can chill and relax while enjoying a selection of beverages and nibbles.

Touted as ‘QPAC’s after-dark hot spot’ and ‘favourite after-show destination’, the Wunder Bar has been set up in the Cascade Court of the Queensland Performing Art Centre (QPAC).

As part of the official opening, the Wunder Bar featured Deni Hines and Band who performed against a backdrop of striking design. The dazzling surrounds of the Wunder Bar will continue to play host to a selection of free live music throughout the festival.

A trio of cones - part of the art installations in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank during Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

A trio of cones – part of the art installations in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank during Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

The culmination of this year’s exciting opening night events was brought to a sensational close by the Santos GLNG City of Lights, a mesmerising laser show that featured the captivating dance feats and circus antics of Melbourne-based collective, Strange Fruit.

This intricate live act was performed on the barge that has become a semi-permanent fixture on the Brisbane River, and was set against the backdrop of a cascading water fountain, accompanied by a sensational soundtrack. A must see eye-popping event for the whole family.

As the many hundreds of visitors reluctantly made their respective ways home, there was no doubt that last night’s opening to Brisbane’s iconic festival in 2013 was nothing short of a pleasurable and endearing experience!

The Spiegeltent Garden Bar at Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

The Spiegeltent Garden Bar at Brisbane Festival 2013. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

South Bank Cultural Forecourt - a cone that changes colour is part of the Brisbane Festival 2013 installation. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

South Bank Cultural Forecourt – a cone that changes colour is part of the Brisbane Festival 2013 installation. Credit: Charmaine Idris.

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