Queensland Ballet is offering fans the chance to see this classic ballet for free in Brisbane’s stunning botanic gardens.

People of all ages will be able to enjoy Queensland Ballet’s box office hit Coppélia, when it appears as a free event at the G20 Cultural Celebrations.

Arts Minister Ian Walker says it is the first time Queensland Ballet would give a full-length performance in an outdoor environment in more than 20 years, showcasing the state’s best talent against a spectacular backdrop.

“The G20 Cultural Celebrations is an excellent opportunity for Queensland’s world-class artistic offerings to shine while the international spotlight is on us,” Mr Walker said. “Australian choreographer Greg Horsman’s Coppélia, will be performed by Queensland Ballet on the Riverstage in Brisbane City Botanic Gardens, bringing together our beautiful outdoors lifestyle and impressive talent.

“Families are encouraged to bring a blanket to the gardens and enjoy a fresh take on a timeless classic.”

Creative Director of the G20 Cultural Celebration Athol Young said the performance of one of ballet’s most beloved and whimsical works would take place on Sunday 9 November as a twilight show accompanied by Camerata of St John’s.

“Queensland Ballet is one of only three professional ballet companies in Australia performing to more than 50,000 people each year. It’s wonderful that people will be able to enjoy this free of charge,” Mr Young said.

“Families will love the enchanting storytelling, delightful dance and colourful costumes, accompanied by live music from Camerata of St John’s.”

Coppélia has been reinvented by choreographer Greg Horsman with a distinct Australian flavour set in the small South Australian town of Hahndorf.  The performance tells the tale of a beautiful life-like doll, two bickering young lovers and the quirky Doctor Coppelius, creating comic chaos in this captivating ballet.

This free event is suitable for people of all ages and does not require bookings. For more information, check out our event guide.