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Containerval Makes Shipping Containers Cool

Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

Containerval is Brisbane's newest festival, set to shake up the misguided notion that we live in a cultural black-hole void of vibrant or creative offerings.


Set on the banks of the Brisbane River at Northshore Hamilton, Containerval will transform shipping containers into a vibrant, edgy mix of pop-up retail shops, performance spaces and artist studios.

It's an idea that's a) awesome, b) totally promoting extreme level recycling, and c) another indication that Brisbane is trying really, really hard to no longer be a big dork flailing haphazardly along behind its uber cool southern cousins.

Running from November 2-17, the festival wants to celebrate and showcase the city's creativity with an eclectic mix of musicians, DJ's, film, theatre performances, circus acts, dancers and fashion.

Highlights will include DJ Sampology, Tom Thum, Michelle Xen and DJ Butcher. Not only only will there be delicious food, wine and craft beer to enjoy, all you have to bring is your own chair, cushion or picnic blanket to chill out on the astroturf in front of the stage.

Containerval will be open Fridays to Sundays with the exception of the third and final weekend where it will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday to incorporate Brisbane International Film Festival's open air cinema extravaganza.

There's delicious food, wine and craft beer to enjoy and all you have to bring is your own chair, cushion or picnic blanket to chill out on the astroturf in front of the stage. Perfect.

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