We allowed ourselves a nice little lie in, and then drove into the centre of Brisbane to find Brisbane Backpackers resort. I got a bit disorientated whilst looking at the map because I thought we were at the other end of the A3 road, and the signs were a bit misleading but we got there in the end. There were programs for the Brisbane Festival, which we had seen signs for whilst driving in- looks like we got here at a good time! There's some cool looking stuff like an urban circus and a dance show, but I think we're just going to stick to the free things.
We walked to the Gallery of Modern Art and had a wander around there. There was an aboriginal exhibition which made us feel a bit like we were missing some important part of aboriginal history- there was a video exhibit which showed the unfurling of riots in 2004. I think it was caused by a man who committed suicide because he was in prison. It also revealed more reasons why I would hate white people- when the first European settlers came they gave them no choice and tried to force them into Christianity. Upstairs was an exhibit with loads of post cards with photos of places in Brazil with the same name as places in the world- the artist was trying to make a map of the world without having to leave her country. You could take them for free and I think they would send it for you.
On our way back, we had a look at the Lebanese food stall which grabbed our attention earlier on in the day by its sign showing they sold falafel rolls for $4. The guy was really nice and gave us 2 free falafels when we brought some to sample. We also brought a tub of hummus.
We got changed into warmer clothes in preparation for the Brisbane Festival opening concert, which was a bit boring to begin with- it contained a lot of speeches and then a pop opera type band, but the contemporary indigenous dance show was very good. We had a look round all the stalls and then settled ourselves down on the bank to watch the light show. It was spectacular- they had somehow managed to attach 3 dancers onto bendy poles and so they were swaying about behind some water features.
We got ready back at the hostel and then attempted to find 'Tribal Theatre' where Ed- the afternoon cleaner from Reef- had managed to get free accommodation in exchange for some maintenance work, except it's not a hostel so him and his mates from homes just stay on mattresses in the store room. It sounds pretty fun- they watch films on the huge cinema screen. I was on the phone whilst trying to read the map so we had to be escorted because I'd missed the bridge we should have crossed. Once we got to the theatre, me, Alice, Ed and his mates got a taxi to a rock club, where they had karaoke.