The count down to the G20 coming to Brisbane got off to a great start last night with the opening ceremony at the Piazza on South Bank. A culturally rich programme with Aboriginal groups, Torres Islander dance groups, circus groups, Robert Forster from the Go Between Band and the amazing William Barton Playing Didgeridoo and guitar at the same time. There was a diversity and an informality which I love about the way Brisbane does things - but also a determination and a spirit to showcase Brisbane in every possible way to the leaders of the world.
When the Cultural programme was finished we all got up and walked with the Premier leading the way down to South bank, clapping our clap sticks as we went along, to the Cultural forecourt where he gave a crisp and clear talk about what this was all about - Brisbane at its best.
Then buildings along the water front but also further in, came alive with the Colour me Brisbane lights.
Spectacular and sparkly, impressive and innovative.