It started on the night of the election with a welcome to country from an aboriginal group, some official speeches about this year's festival and almost a fleeting mention of the fact that on this very day the country was in a general election and was likely to wake up to a new government.
The 7th of September saw the start of the Brisbane Festival, a three week extravaganza of music, theatre, exhibitions, acrobatics of the highest order and venues hosting a hundred and one events for the culture thirsty society of this small big city.
The venues are all full, the performances, those that I have been to, which amounted to several in the last week, were of the highest order and the atmosphere is exactly what you want a festival to have, fun loving, inclusive and spectacular at the same time. The Santos GLNG City of Lights which is on every night and is free, is truly jaw dropping. Here are some of the wonderful colours from it - a mixture of water and lights-with acrobats if you can picture it- electric in every sense.