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Brisbane Open House announces a full to the brim 2020 digital program!

After ten successful years of the well-renown Brisbane Open House festival weekend, Brisbane Open House 2020 will be going digital for the first time this October and November.

Brisbane Open is a year-round experience that highlights elevated design, art, architecture, landscapes, and local heritage by offering thought-provoking and enticing precinct tours that spark the imagination. The program highlights Brisbane’s rich cultural, natural, and lifestyle resources through ready-made open-to-the-public tours; specially designed group tours; and special interactive experiences. 

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Brisbane Open House 2020 will be going digital for the first time in the event’s history (Image credit: Shaun Lockyer).

Following more than 35,000 visitors to 119 buildings for Brisbane Open House 2019, BOH 2020 is set to change the way audiences experience this cultural event through a thought-provoking speaker series and special building profile films. Brisbane Open House Executive Director, Ann McLean said this year’s program is, “…designed to be more accessible despite COVID-19 restrictions, driving deeper engagement between the community and our City’s culture, architecture and art.”

Brisbane Open House 2020 will include virtual viewings of some of Brisbane’s most spectacular homes, the annual Great Debate Fundraiser, and a series of six Design Talks that will showcase some of our City’s most inspiring architects, designers, planners, and professionals in conversations that reflect the incredibly interesting cultural movements happening in the world.

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This year, the highly anticipated Great Debate will take place at 7.30pm on 27 October, and explore the place of individualism in design, including how it impacts the worldview, streetscapes, and city plans for the many. Additionally, the six Design Talks will run over two days, 5 and 6 November, and feature 23 exceptional speakers. These sessions will explore new ways of thinking and offer thought-provoking insights into their field of expertise, from landscape design to Minjerribah architecture, to local heritage, and flourishing Indigenous design.

The entire Speaker Series will be available to watch online, with the Design Talks free for all and the Great Debate costing $25 per registration, raising funds for Brisbane Open House to contribute to the viability of its free annual festival. 

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Attendees can experience the beauty of St John’s Cathedral via the free online virtual tour (Image credit: Rebecca McIntosh).

For those wishing to experience Brisbane’s most spectacular and popular buildings typically opened for the Brisbane Open House festival, three special profile films, featuring Grand Lodge of Queensland, State Archives Runcorn, and St John’s Cathedral will be available for free access online in November. 

This year’s program is designed to build more intimate connections between the community and the City. Click here to find further information on the upcoming BOH events.


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Ashleigh Holland
Ashleigh Holland
From Townsville, to Mackay, and now located in Brisbane, Ashleigh is the poster girl for the Queensland life-style; an avid beach-goer, water-sport enthusiast, wine aficionado, and camping queen. After catching the writing bug at an early age she has since lived in Bali for an extensive journalism program, studied a bachelor of Mass Communications, and contributed to a variety of lifestyle publications over the years. And she will take a soy flat white to go, thanks!
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