The Brisbane Festival will finish with a a light show on Saturday night.
The Brisbane Festival will finish with a a light show on Saturday night. Scottie Simmonds

Busy Brisbane festival finishes with Riverfire bang

HALF a million people are expected to flock to the Brisbane River on Saturday for Brisbane Festival's finale.

Riverfire - a fireworks spectacular - marks the end of the Brisbane Festival which smashed its box office target with a record-breaking $2.4 million in sales, up 60% on last year.

There will be 16 tonnes of fireworks lighting the night sky from six barges, 10 buildings and the Goodwill and Story Bridges during the 22-minute show.

The festival's artistic director Noel Staunton said nothing closed a festival like a pyrotechnic extravaganza.

"To witness the riverbanks of our wonderful city fill with anticipation, laughter and excitement following three weeks of jam-packed festival fun is something very special," Mr Staunton said.

Brisbane Region Assistant Commissioner Peter Martin said plans had been in place for over a year to ensure that the public had a safe and enjoyable evening.

"While there is no specific threat in relation to the Riverfire event police have responded appropriately to the recent elevation of the National Terrorist Threat Level," he said.

"The public can expect an increased police presence this year.

"It is timely to remind residents and visitors not to leave any bags unattended in any public space.

"Police will be conducting random bag checks in the Southbank area and ask the public to be patient."

There will be a number of changed traffic conditions across the city, South Brisbane and Fortitude Valley during the event.

The fun begins at The Parklands, South Bank, from noon with a series of free events.

Spectators can also tune into Triple M's live broadcast or Channel Nine's exclusive live coverage from 6.30pm.

- APN NEWSDESK



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