The Road Ahead : December 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2012/JAN 2013 30 GET YOUR GINGER UP Aroma, taste and beauty will be on show at the annual Ginger Flower and Food Festival on the Sunshine Coast from January 18 to 20. The Ginger Factory in Yandina will showcase 120 ornamental gingers and heliconias. Gardening celebrities, chefs, artists and entertainers will delight all the senses. Admission is free. gingerfactory.com.au ART FOR ART'S SAKE ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) is the only recurring exhibition in the world to present the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is on show at the Gallery of Modern Art at South Bank, in Brisbane, until April 14. Entry is free. qagoma.qld.gov.au/apt7 ALL SORTS OF FOLK WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL More than 2000 performers will bring 580 events to Australia's premier folk music event, the 27th Woodford Folk Festival, from December 27, 2012, to January 1, 2013. The Woodfordia site will be transformed from tranquil farmland to a sizeable town with some 20 venues featuring concerts, dances, street theatre, comedy shows, acoustic jam sessions, an entire children's festival, art and craft workshops, circus workshops and much more. Colourful festival streets will be lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, performers and parades. It all adds up to one of the most family-friendly festivals in the nation, featuring top international and local performers. Patrons can choose to camp onsite overnight or for a few days, for the full six-day festival, or visit for the day. woodfordfolkfestival.com Make the most of what Queensland has to offer by tapping into one of the state's many colourful events. WHAT'S ON REDS, WHITES AND BLUES Celebrate the New Year on January 1 with a day of wine and song at Granite Belt Blues. Held at Lucas Estate vineyards at Severnlea, patrons can enjoy a relaxing day of music and award- winning wines, surrounded by picturesque bush views. Bookings are recommended. lucasestate.com.au TRAVEL WHAT'S ON CALENDAR Check out The Road Ahead's Calendar of Events at roadahead. com.au/eventsent for a comprehensive list of what's happening in entertainment in Queensland. CAIRNS CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR Among the many events celebrating Chinese New Year is the popular street festival held on Cairns Esplanade on February 9. The event brings five hours of non-stop entertainment, including Chinese music, art and cultural displays, demonstrations, children's activities, market and food stalls, traditional lion dancing, dragon dancing, firecrackers and more. SIZZLING SUMMER FOR SPORT LOVERS Sport lovers are in for a supercharged summer as international greats and heated rivals prepare to battle it out in Brisbane. From December 30, the focus is on the Queensland Tennis Centre for the highly-anticipated Brisbane International.