With his final festival program about to kick off, Artistic Director Noel Staunton has saved the best to last.

The full Brisbane Festival program was announced earlier this week, and organisers are promising an electrifying line up of music, theatre dance and family friendly entertainment.

Artistic Director Noel Staunton said that he expects hundreds of thousands of people to attend the 73 productions and 440 performances that will occur of the festival’s three-week duration. “The quality of artists and work means Brisbane is in for a very special September,” Mr Staunton said.

This year is Staunton’s final festival, and he will sign off with a bang when the Festival’s 16-tonne firework extravaganza Sunsuper Riverfireconcludes the event at the end of September. “It has been an honour and a privilege to spend the last four years bringing everything that is great about the arts to Brisbane,” he said. “We have laid on some amazing festivals over the years but I believe we have saved the best until last.”

Having difficulty deciding which performances to attend? Limelighthas picked six of the best:

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Concert Hall, QPAC

September 15-20

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