Sunday, November 9, 2014

G20 in Brisbane

Next weekend, Brisbane will host the G20 meeting. I don't think we won the right to host it, more like we lost the raffle not to host it.
For some time now we have been told about all the potential protests, the damage, the street closures and lockdowns, so Brisbanites have been planning their escapes. Now the authorities are worried we will become a ghost town while the circus is in town. It's their own fault for using all the scare tactics.
Still there are some benefits. As part of welcoming the world, we are having the G20 Cultural Event.

DH and I went last week and I would have/should have posted about it then. I have only now worked out how to get a too-big-to-email video off my phone. They say we should learn something new everyday. Well this is mine for today. (Edit:- I have also learnt to import and use Windows Movie Maker to rotate my just discovered upside down videos.)

DH and I went to the light show. I know Sydney has had Vivid for several years and it is brilliant. I saw it a couple of years ago and would happily go again. I am hoping Brisbanites have supported this enough that it will come back. It was great to be able to walk the trail to see light shows projected on to several buildings in the inner city area. The only part we missed was whatever was on at Southbank.

Here is some of what we saw.

 The above ones were projected onto one of the  Law Court buildings.

One of our hotels.

 Even a bit of yarn bombing on trees and sculptures.
 We had a play on the equipment in the tent and changed the lights on the Storey Bridge.

 The above is the old State Library building.

 This is the old Treasury Building, now a hotel.

 I hope this one is working. It is Parliament House. I particularly love the outstretched hands going for the money. How appropriate! If it has not worked I'll post it separately.

Well I should have set off the security services nicely with this post. I've mentioned all the right things to get them excited in their search of mega data - yarn 'bombing', and landmarks.

I do hope next weekend goes off with little of the mess previous G20 meetings have experienced.

Take care,
Cheryl (aka Kayly)


Susan said...

Had to laugh about "we lost the raffle not to host it."
I'm sure the hospitality industry is rubbing their hands together BUT not a lot of others. Monday morning as I head to the city will tell . .and I use my access card to get into the building and up to my floor and have to meet the delivery people on the ground floor before they can get in . . and on it goes. But the "yarn bombing" does look great! - love your pics of the light shows.

Fiona said...

wonderful to see all that.... thanks...

Fairy Floss Stitches said...

Well the light show looks great!.. Hope the G20 is not too disruptive and the raffle was worth wining after all!! Xx Lea

Grethe said...

Nice seeing the light show. Hope the G20 works fine. Hope you have a plesant pre Christmas time :-)