See which acts will be gracing our fair city for this year’s festival.

An electrifying line up of music, theatre, dance and family fun has been announced for this year’s Brisbane Festival.

This year Akram Khan, one of the world’s best contemporary dancers, will perform his award-winning masterpiece DESH, a major coup for the city made possible with the help of the Queensland Government’s Super Star Fund.

A new principal partnership with the Treasury Casino and Hotel also means Brisbane will be treated to a thrilling, free opening night performance from the gravity-defying acrobats of Grupo Puja!. Do Do Land will see performers balance 40 metres above Reddacliff Place on a geometric stage, illuminated by a striking light show and set to a live rock score.

Treasury Casino and Hotel Managing Director Geoff Hogg said Brisbane Festival was an important cultural celebration for Brisbane.

“We are thrilled to be continuing our long-standing involvement with Brisbane Festival and increasing our support to become the proud principal partner of this world-class event for the next three years,” Mr Hogg said.

The festival will also play host to the exclusive Australian premiere season of The Perfect American, the operatic sensation of the year and a new work by the legendary composer Philip Glass, just one of many world and Australian premieres in this year’s line up.

Brisbane Festival Artistic Director Noel Staunton said he expected hundreds of thousands of people to turn out for 73 productions and 440 performances over three weeks.

“The quality of artists and work means Brisbane is in for a very special September,” Mr Staunton said.

Festivalgoers will enjoy a transformed South Bank, filled with light, colour and the ever-popular Telstra Spiegeltent. The iconic venue has an increased capacity this year to cope with the crowds, who will flock to revel in a high voltage music line up featuring Phil Jamieson, Midnight Juggernauts and Joe Henry; hilarious comedy from funnymen Matt Okine and Ronny Chieng; and a family program for all ages, including the spellbinding world premiere by Circa, The Physical Impossibility of Disappearing.

Coming direct from a sell-out season in London, The Telstra Spiegeltent’s nightly cabaret show LIMBO promises an incendiary mix of magic, acrobatics, music comedy and dance. While over in The Courier-Mail Piazza the sell-out sensation of 2012, SOAP – The Show, will return with splashy whacky family fun.

Eye-catching festival landmarks will also spring up on South Bank come September, including the towering inflatable city of Exxopolis, looming over the Cultural Forecourt and enticing crowds into a serene world of colour and PVC. And Brisbane Airport Light Garden is sure to enchant visitors of all ages with its winding fairy-tale forest of bamboo, light and sound on the riverbanks.

In 2014, Brisbane Festival is showcasing more theatre than ever before with the world premiere Monkey… Journey to the West, based on the cult TV series Monkey Magic, indigenous masterpieces Black Diggers and Shadow King, and an adaptation of A Doll’s House by Lally Katz.

Festivalgoers are encouraged to take a walk on the wild side at the QUT Theatre Republic, which is back and bigger than ever, taking over QUT Kelvin Grove with 12 independent theatre shows and other treats for three weeks.

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council and runs from 6 September to 27 September.

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