Awards Weekend

We welcome you all to sunny Brisbane to enjoy what looks to be a huge weekend of good times and great people. With one of the biggest Awards to date, give yourself plenty of time to discover, to recover and to connect with one another.

We’ll be kicking off the weekend with a casual evening in Brisbane’s vibrant West End. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and pubs along Boundary Street to Vulture Street but we’ve pulled a few out for highlighting. Meeting at the Wandering Cooks on Fish Lane and end up at The End bar on Vulture Street, with plenty of options in between for food and drink.

AGDA Design Awards Welcome Night Party

Wandering Cooks

From its humble origins as a miracle box on wheels, our bar is now the heart of this place, championing small batch makers, brewers and vintagers to accompany our daily changing set of food makers. We stock harder to find craft beers, small batch and women winemakers (we win awards), all Australian spirits, natural sodas, tonics and kefirs. | Map Link

Cobbler Whiskey Bar

Cobbler serve charcuterie and accompaniments and would love to have you in for some whisky and jamon. | Map Link

The Archive

Boasting 22 constantly rotating draught beers on tap and over 400+ different bottled beers (domestic and imported), the Archive Beer Boutique is Brisbane’s original craft beer bar. Stop in and enjoy a bistro meal, discover a new beer or enjoy a game of pool.

Covent Garden

A Modern Gin House celebrating the vibrant West End community showcased through shared food and drink. Covent Garden is a tropical oasis in the centre of West End boasting 250+ gins and a range of dining options from small bites to sharing plates and mains.

Brisbane Brewing Co.

Brisbane Brewing Co. is a boutique craft beer brewery and bar tucked away down a laneway off of West End’s legendary Boundary Street. Combining an airy beer garden and stylish interior with an open-plan brewery, it is an institution to the local vibe. Their delicious range of award winning craft beers are brewed on site and are complemented by an innovative food menu of sharing plates and main meals.

The End Bar

The End is a much loved institution of the local bar scene. Relaxed vibes early & with more party vibes later. Awesome music selections with Vinyl Djs & Live music on the regular. Quality drinks list featuring inventive & classic cocktails, house brews & a selection of rotating local craft beers, and a wine list comprising of some of Australia's most exciting small batch producers.

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AGDA Awards Gala Dinner and Presentation
Saturday NOV 9th 6.30pm—11pm

There really isn’t a more fitting place to have the AGDA Awards in Brisbane. Vast open spaces, art en masse and more white space than you can shake a stick at, QAG has it all. The night begins under the trees at QAG’s secluded Sculpture Courtyard, where you can catch up with peers among the beautiful bronzes from the Collection and enjoy the drop fountain and dandelion water feature. After pre dinner drinks we’ll move into the adjacent grand Watermall Gallery, complete with floating stage where you’ll be surrounded by artworks from the Gallery’s Australian and international collections. You’ll be treated to a three course dinner with matching wines, while we discover the lucky recipients of this year’s trophies and hear from the Hall of Fame inductees.

QAG (Queensland Art Gallery)
Stanley Place,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Please advise of any dietary requirements, cut off date 25th October.

Jordan Kadell

Jordan Kadell is a comedian, actor, and singer, frequenting stages in Brisbane, with a style once described as “Deceptively crass – like watching a librarian swear.” – Good Chat Comedy. She runs an all-gal comedy show during the Bris Funny Fest called Am I Right, Ladies? alongside her solo show Fermentally Unstable which performed to sold out audiences for a second time. She’s performed multiple times as a storyteller with Yarn Storytelling, MC’d stages at Woodford Folk Festival, and can been seen in Clare Sladden’s recent web series, Freudian Slip.

After Party
Saturday NOV 9th 11pm—2am

After we’re done with the Awards, kick on until 2am at the official After Party hosted by Soleil Pool Bar, complete with open-air terrace, DJ, and good vibes.

Wind-down with post-awards chat and a bit of a boogie.

Soleil Bar, Rydges Hotel
9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
(Access Soleil Bar from Grey Street)

*Please bring current ID along as you may be refused entry, regardless of your age. It is a requirement that door staff can ask to see identification upon entry to any QLD venue after early evening.

Where to Stay


Rydges South Bank Brisbane is located in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and entertainment precinct with plenty of things to do and only minutes away from South Bank Parklands and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.Our friendly staff at our Brisbane Hotel will make you feel right at home the moment you check in. Rydges South Bank Brisbane features a variety of rooms and suites with state-of-the-art features and amenities. Find out more about Rydges South Bank’s Accommodation below.

Guests are welcome to book their accommodation directly with the hotel via the partner website.

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Ovolo Inchcolm

The eclectic, sophisticated and curious Ovolo Inchcolm in Wickham Terrace Brisbane CBD takes on a rock n roll design & is definitely one of the best hotels in Brisbane.

Once a private residence and medical practice, the building was first constructed in the 1930’s, with this being the foundation to drive the artistic concept behind Ovolo Inchcolm. Think Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon, where Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso and Matisse would comfortably rub shoulders while sharing trailblazing ideas and indulging in gourmet food & wine. 

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Craig Black / Acrylic Fusion Lettering Installation

Join lettering artist Craig Black as he creates an acrylic fusion lettering installation. You'll learn about refining your lettering technique from analogue to digital, learning how to build a structure for an installation, how to properly ‘throw’ paint about and learning to embrace those happy accidents to create a final piece of work that you are proud of.

In this class, Craig will explore lettering through the creation by hand using pencil to pen and turning this into a digital format. Exploring the process of laser cutting and building the basis of your installation. Learning the importance of preparation and how to utilise paint to provide an amazing texture quality, and endless possibilities.

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Verb 2.0: Advanced Brand Language Workshop

Following the success of Verb’s brand language courses in February, Rob Self-Pierson returns this November to run a new advanced writing workshop in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Designed to stretch those who enjoyed the foundation course, Verb 2.0 will sharpen your writing skills by developing your inner writer. Verb 2.0 takes delegates into personal writing, and reveals the power of connecting with your emotions to communicate more powerfully as a brand.

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