The Royal Brisbane Show, or the Ekka as it is fondly known, has been an exciting part of the Brisbane calendar for the last 132 years. Its Bowen Hills home, the mind-boggling displays and the thrills of Sideshow Alley are all a part of why this yearly event is so important to both locals and visitors alike.
While the Ekka for many Queenslanders is a great day out in August, it also represents an enormous effort by many thousands of people. This exhibition went behind the scenes to find out what it takes to deliver these 10 days in August, from the past to the present. Some leading Brisbane artists including the Kransky Sisters, William Robinson and Isaac Brown gave their perspective on when ‘the country comes to town’.
Visitors also discovered some of the unique personalities and activities that give Ekka its special atmosphere – the showbags, memorable moments like the Grand Parade and old favourites such as strawberry sundaes and dagwood dogs – all of those things that make the Ekka, the Ekka.
This exhibition was developed with historians Dr Ross Laurie and Dr Joanne Scott, authors of – Showtime: A History of the Brisbane Exhibition.