BLOOM Festival

Join us as we celebrate BLOOM Festival for the fifth year in a row, from 15 - 30 October 2022. Enjoy workshops, events, celebrations and exhibits in the midst of Jacaranda season.

Official BLOOM website          Full BLOOM program

Woman standing on cliff's edge with her arms extended towards the ocean in front of her.

Oceanic Thinking exhibition

13 September 2022 2:45pm17 December 2022 4:00pm
Oceanic Thinking is the inaugural exhibition of the multi-year project Blue Assembly. In collaboration with campus partners including UQ’s Centre for Marine Science, the project coincides with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
Group of staff and students standing in front of bushland

St Lucia Bushcare Group Working Bee (GAP x GEMS x UQ Greens)

30 October 2022 7:30am10:30am
Join GAP, GEMS & UQ Greens for a Sunday morning bushcare working bee!
Long exposure of person swinging colour lights and creating a rainbow aura effect around themselves

Light Painting with UQ Photography Society

28 October 2022 4:00pm6:00pm
Unleash your inner artist at UQPS' most anticipated event of the semester!
Carvings into the sandstone buildings around the Great Court

Carvings Tour

27 October 2022 4:00pm5:00pm
Join Rhyl Hinwood AM for an exclusive tour of the carvings and sculptures around the Great Court,. She will introduce you to highlights of work she selected, designed and carved since 1976.
Staff networking at UQ event

UQ HSW Network Lunch (UQ staff event)

27 October 2022 11:30am1:30pm
This is a UQ HSW network lunch, intended to broaden and build connections across the UQ HSW network, to raise awareness about the importance of work health and safety and the benefits of mentally healthy workplaces.
UQ racing team posing by their race car in front of UQ lakes

UQ Racing Car Launch

26 October 2022 6:00pm8:00pm
This event is about celebrating the great achievements of the UQ Racing Team and to thank those who have supported them along the way. There will be a short presentation about the season and the 2022 Electric and Autonomous-Electric Vehicle will be unveiled.
Teal LED computer panel

Design Computing Studio 3 Exhibit

26 October 2022 2:00pm6:00pm
The event will showcase innovative IT projects developed by over 90 teams in the Design Computing Studio 3 Build course.
Badminton player holding racket with Badminton Shuttlecock.

Free Pick up and Play – Badminton

26 October 2022 12:00pm2:00pm
If you’re low on funds and high on fun, grab your mates for Pick Up & Play, FREE student sport each week during semester!
Sun printed flower - white flower burned onto blue-inked paper

Sunlight & Shadow Art Workshop

26 October 2022 12:00pm3:00pm
Let your creativity flow! Use fallen Jacaranda blooms to make unique art with blueprinting.
Group of students sitting around a table painting small pots for plants

Herston Hangouts: Bloom Edition

26 October 2022 11:30am1:00pm
With SWOTVAC just around the corner, we've got free Survival Kits, snacks, and arts and crafts activities that will help you unwind, recharge and get ready for exams.
Colourful pegs on a clothing line

The Clothesline Project

26 October 2022 11:00am2:00pm
This event is an interactive exhibit. Students are invited to paint or write on a t-shirt to raise awareness of the impact on violence and abuse. The t-shirts will be turned into an art installation displayed in The Great Court from 19 to 21 October.
Close up of a microphone

Speaker's Corner: Eliza Canabal & Nadia Aleksandrova

26 October 2022 10:30am11:00am
A Speakers' Corner is an area where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. Join our session with Eliza Canabal and Nadia Aleksandrova from the grad school as they discuss aspects of their research and experience.
Students at the Gatton campus grabbing food from an event

Gatton Chill: Bloom Edition

26 October 2022 10:00am2:00pm
Enjoy the picturesque Gatton campus and get involved in some fun, relaxing activities. There will be free snacks and lantern painting.
Pride flag held up in front of the Great Court

Blooming with Pride: Intersex Awareness Day at UQ

26 October 2022 10:00am2:00pm
Join the UQ Ally Network as we celebrate the intersex community at UQ! Check out our stall in Campbell Place to learn more, and sign up to the Darlington Statement!
Student crowd at campus event

Blooming through failure - Stories of career growth

25 October 2022 5:30pm7:30pm
Join BEL Careers and Employability for a night under the jacaranda bloom to celebrate professional failure! Hear from speakers who believe that failure is something to be celebrated.
White lantern with small flame being released into the night sky

Jacaranda Lantern Painting

25 October 2022 4:00pm6:00pm
In celebration of BLOOM festival, arts and crafts guru Yin will be hosting a LIVE painting class under the blooming jacaranda trees. Learn how to paint your own Jacaranda Tree on lanterns and take home your creation! All materials are included in the cost.
Fresh and dried native Australian leaves

Bush Foods Bloom Picnic

25 October 2022 11:45am1:00pm
Celebrate BLOOM Festival with a delicious Bush Foods picnic experience and a guest speaker from Figjam.
Portrait photo of Dr Gurion Ang, School of Biological Sciences

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Pollinators and Predators)

25 October 2022 11:00am11:45am
Many insects provide invaluable pollination services and natural pest control. Come along to learn about what to look out for in your garden and on campus!
Portrait image of Ed Bastian, CEO Delta Airlines

Business Breakfast: Ed Bastian, CEO Delta Airlines

25 October 2022 8:00am9:00am
One of the largest air lines in the world, USD$30billion revenue, 83,000 employees. Hear how CEO Ed Bastian navigates the highs and turbulences.
Female student holding a microphone and reading poetry from a book

Blooming through diversity - Poetry and art

24 October 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Celebrate and share your identity through art! Join our poetry reading where you can bring your favourite poetry, or share your own, that speaks to the theme and how it relates to you.
Bee collecting pollen from flower with blue sky in the background

Spring into Spring: Seasonal Produce demonstration (Gatton)

24 October 2022 11:00am1:00pm
Join us down at the Gatton Community Garden to learn how to make your plants BLOOM this Spring!
Women in active wear doing yoga poses

Free Outdoor Yoga

24 October 2022 7:30am8:15am
Looking for a chance to relax and regroup before your week begins? Our relaxing Outdoor Yoga sessions are the ideal activity to unwind and clear your mind!
Female UQ student pressing a shovel into dried grass

Tree Planting Working Bee with CWCN

23 October 2022 7:00am10:00am
Come along and help the Cubberla-Witton Catchment Committee as we re-plant the riverside!
Ancient Greek building structure against blue sky

Artemis XR Opera

22 October 2022 5:00pm6:00pm
Artemis' is a tech opera based on the myth of the Greek goddess of nature and the hunt, each aria (Autumn Ayre, Mi amor la luna) and duet (Licht und Liebe) (Winter Duet) represents a different season of Artemis' life. '
Popcorn in a red and white striped box

Moonlight Movie – Encanto

21 October 2022 6:30pm8:30pm
Come and join us for a movie night screening Encanto (2021) at Moonlight Movie in celebration of Bloom Festival at UQ! Brisbane has the perfect weather for outdoor movies so grab some friends, sit back, relax and enjoy this FREE movie!
Group of students standing together for a photo with drinks in hand

Celebration of Volunteers Event (COVE) – ‘Get Involved’ Community (Invite only)

21 October 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
The Celebration of Volunteers event (COVE) is an annual event that recognises UQ’s student volunteers, mentors and student representatives through their invaluable contribution to the UQ Community and beyond.
Picnic spread with a sunset in the background

Sunset Picnic

21 October 2022 4:30pm6:30pm
Spend the evening with friends or family this BLOOM festival in the iconic Great Court while enjoying live music under the blooming Jacarandas. Delight in a shared platter with vintage cheeses, deli meats, olives and crackers.
A hand holding a punnet of purple edible flowers

Get started with edible gardening!

21 October 2022 12:00pm1:00pm
Whether you have a tiny balcony or a sizeable garden, make a start with growing your own herbs, vegetables and edible flowers.
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HASS Celebration (Invite only)

20 October 2022 6:00pm8:00pm
Join us for a night of celebration acknowledging HASS students, staff, alumni, and industry guests and their achievements throughout 2022!
Two women and a man sitting in front of the Ventures Annual Showcase signage

UQ Ventures Annual Showcase

20 October 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
We’re proud to showcase and celebrate our community of innovators and leaders that we have seen grow through Ventures programs and activities throughout the year.
Students holding a Instagram post cut out and posing together with a sign reading "I completed a Student-Staff partnership".

SSP Showcase – Illuminating Partnership (Invite only)

20 October 2022 2:30pm6:00pm
The Showcase is an opportunity for the SSP community to highlight the wonderful work carried out during the year, and to share the bright ideas and learnings ignited through partnership.

Portrait photo of Tom Bizzell

Speaker's Corner: Tom Bizzell

20 October 2022 1:30pm2:00pm
A Speakers' Corner is an area where open-air public speaking, debate and discussion are allowed. Join our session with Chief Student Entrepreneur Tom Bizzell where he'll talk about his wealth of experience in the start-up ecosystem.
Colourful ribbons on a purple table cloth

Ribbon Lei workshop

20 October 2022 12:00pm1:30pm
Come and learn on how to make a ribbon lei led by UQ SPIA.
Students practicing calligraphy with brush pens

Calligraphy Workshop with UQCPCC

20 October 2022 12:00pm1:30pm
Join the UQ Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Club for an exciting workshop where you can learn calligraphy!
Bee collecting pollen from a flower with a blue sky in the background

Spring into Spring: Seasonal Produce demonstration (St Lucia)

20 October 2022 11:00am1:00pm
Join us down at the St Lucia Community Garden to learn how to make your plants BLOOM this Spring!
Three labrador puppies being playful

Herston Vibes

19 October 2022 11:00am2:00pm
De-stress before exams! Enjoy a sausage sizzle, cuddly puppies and enjoy the live music. Open to all current students from medicine, public health, and dentistry (bring your student ID).
A hand holding a bunch of paint brushes

Gatton Chill: Giving Day

19 October 2022 10:00am2:00pm
In honour of Giving Day, Gatton Chill has created a range of activities for students and staff to enjoy. Swing by for some great snacks and lantern painting.
Three girls embracing each other at the Giving Day races on the Great Court

Giving Day 2022

19 October 2022 10:00am3:00pm
Celebrate UQ Giving Day across all our campuses this year with fun activities to support a range of important causes at UQ.
Dried and pressed flowers in various laminated shapes

DIY Bookmarks with Dried Flowers

18 October 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
Come and make your own DIY bookmark with UQCSSA. They will provide a transparent bookmark and dried flowers, including jacaranda.
Seven assorted colour clothes pegs

The Clothesline Project

18 October 2022 11:00am1:00pm
This event is an interactive exhibit.  Students are invited to paint or write on a t-shirt to raise awareness of the impact on violence and abuse. The t-shirts will be turned into an art installation displayed at Student Central from 19-20 October.
Two women chatting at outdoor UQ event with a busy crowd visible behind them

HaBS Student Recognition (Invite only)

17 October 2022 4:30pm6:00pm
Its a night of celebration! This event is in recognition of HaBS students, staff and alumni who have contributed to Student Experience initiatives throughout 2022.
Woman holding colourful tacos in one hand and a drink in the other hand

Celebrate Bloom with Patina at Alumni Court

17 October 2022 3:00pm28 October 2022 9:00pm
Come celebrate UQ BLOOM Festival at Patina at Alumni Court with a special Bloom 2 Course Dinner including a complimentary glass of house wine or tap beer per person. Check event details for relevant dates.
Woman holding flower resin coaster

DIY Jacaranda resin coaster workshop

17 October 2022 12:00pm2:00pm
Make your own personalised resin coaster, with Jacaranda flowers picked from our own UQ campus. Capture the beauty of UQ permanently by bringing a piece of the scenery home!
Women in active wear doing yoga poses

Free Outdoor Yoga

17 October 2022 7:30am8:15am
Looking for a chance to relax and regroup before your week begins? Our relaxing Outdoor Yoga sessions are the ideal activity to unwind and clear your mind!
Woman in a suit standing in front of the iconic "TEDx" sign on a stage as she gives a talk.

10 Years of TEDxUQ

14 October 2022 12:00pm
Explore the history of TEDxUQ and find your new favourite TEDx Talk! Visit TEDxUQ's interactive poster display in the Great Court to find out how you can get involved in TEDxUQ 2023.
Dried flowers and leaves against a pale blue background

DIY bookmarks with dried flowers

13 September 2022 5:00pm7:00pm
Get creative with DIY bookmarks and dried flowers!
Extreme close up of a hazel eye

4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony exhibition

13 September 2022 2:45pm26 November 2022 4:00pm
The 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony is the National Gallery’s flagship exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. See the exhibit at the UQ Art Museum before 26 November 2022.

Design Computing Studio 3 Showcase

28 October 2021 2:00pm6:00pm
View the innovative IT projects developed by the Design Computing Studio 3 Build course.
Students enjoying a book reading with their peers

Rhiannon Wilde discusses Henry Hamlet's Heart

27 October 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Join Rhiannon and Professor Heather Zwicker for a lazy lunchtime chat about queer perspectives, the writing process, getting published and all things ‘Henry’. This event is part of the UQ Bloom Festival.
Recycling hub at The University of Queensland

Sustainability Recycling Pop-up Stall

27 October 2021 11:00am1:00pm
Learn how to recycling the right way with UQ Sustainability's pop-up stall!

What's next? Ideas in Bloom (For future postgraduate students)

26 October 2021 6:00pm8:00pm
Interested in postgraduate studies? Come engage with the UQ community, take in the knowledge and success of our academics and alumni, and consider the advantages of postgraduate study for you.

Design Computing Studio 1 Tradeshow

26 October 2021 5:30pm9:00pm
View the work of students from Design Computing Studio 1: Interactive Technologies have designed and developed including interactive web applications that highlight open datasets from the Australian Government.
Picnic box including cheese, meats, olives and strawberries at the 2020 BLOOM Festival

Sunset Picnic

26 October 2021 4:30pm6:30pm
Delight in a shared platter with vintage cheeses, brie topped with honeycomb, seasonal berries, olives and crackers.

Japanese Fabric Flower Crafting Workshop

25 October 2021 12:00pm2:00pm
Learn how to make Japanese-style fabric flowers during BLOOM Festival.
A visual representation of UQ's newest Student Precinct

Student Central Housewarming

25 October 2021 11:00am6:00pm
Help us celebrate the opening of UQ's newest student precinct!

Outdoor Yoga

25 October 2021 7:30am8:15am
Get active this BLOOM Festival with UQSports free outdoor yoga!

Sip and Paint with Yin

22 October 2021 4:30pm6:30pm
Learn how to paint like a pro with Yin's painting classes!
UQ students listening to poetry reading

Words in Bloom

22 October 2021 12:00pm2:00pm
Do you have a favourite poem, or are you a complete poetry novice? Take a mindful study break with drop-in poetry readings and snacks hosted by the Library!

Sketch Chamber Orchestra: Gameplay

21 October 2021 6:00pm7:00pm
The performance will display new music composed by students from the school of music using strings, brass, reeds, vocals and piano.
Female student networking with peers

Ventures Showcase

21 October 2021 5:30pm8:00pm
The Ventures Showcase is the celebration of a community of innovators and leaders that have grown through Ventures programs and activities throughout the year.
Native Bees creating honey

An Evening with Bees

21 October 2021 4:30pm6:30pm
Join us for an introductory workshop on the lives and diversity of Australian native bees for anyone interested in pollination ecology or sustainable gardening.
Musician playing in twilight at UQ Gatton campus

Twilight Tunes

21 October 2021 4:00pm7:00pm
Enjoy live musicians under the blooming jacarandas.

IxD Music Installations and Exhibits

21 October 2021 4:00pm7:00pm
Explore the design of four IxD digital musical instrument installations that were created and developed by students. The exhibits provide the audience with interaction with unusual interfaces to create great music and engaging light displays.
Students celebrating at the 2020 SSP Showcase

Student-Staff Partnerships Showcase

20 October 2021 2:30pm6:00pm
Celebrate the 2021 achievements of the SSP Community!
Student talking to external volunteering organisations

Volunteer this Summer!

20 October 2021 12:00pm2:00pm
A number of organisations are offering volunteering opportunities that you can engage in over the Summer break. Find out what's on offer via our mini Volunteer Expo.
Recycling hub at the University of Queensland

Sustainability Recycling Pop-up Stall

20 October 2021 11:00am27 October 2021 1:00pm
Learn how to recycle right with this pop-up sustainability workshop!

Blooming through failure

18 October 2021 5:30pm7:00pm
Failure happens to all of us, and it can suck. But failure is just another word for learning right? Come and learn how to rewrite your failures into lessons for success!
Old clothes that need mending

Sustainability Clothes Mending Workshop

18 October 2021 12:00pm1:00pm
Learn how to repair your clothing with nothing by a needle and thread with UQ Sustainability
Clothing that needs repair

Sustainability Repair Cafe

18 October 2021 11:00am2:00pm
Learn how to upcycle those old tattered clothes with UQ Sustainability's free Repair Cafe!

Pathway to Employability

18 October 2021 8:00am29 October 2021 8:00pm
View the forest of alumni stories near the Art Museum lawn. Discover the many and varied pathways that have been taken by alumni after their time at UQ
Jolly Jumper Rig Exhibit and students at UQ St Lucia campus

Jolly Jumper Rig

18 October 2021 8:00am8:00pm
Discover the genius behind some of UQ's first year Engineers and they explore gravity, structures and expansion.
Student doing Yoga at UQ St Lucia campus

Outdoor Yoga

18 October 2021 7:30am8:15am
Enjoy outdoor yoga with UQ Sport during Bloom Festival!
Music Group the 7 Sopranos ready to perform at the 2021 UQ Bloom Festival

Opera by the Lake

16 October 2021 6:00pm8:15pm
Kick off BLOOM Festival with 'Australia's most beautiful voices' The 7 Sopranos!

Maidens Sans Frontiers: Japanese Girl Culture in Australia

1 October 2021 9:00am25 October 2021 5:00pm
This exhibition celebrates and investigates contemporary Japanese girl (shōjo) culture as it manifests in Australia showcasing cosplay, fashion, photographs, video, graphics, posters, postcards, books, manga, and collectibles.

Don't be Evil - UQ Art Museum Exhibit

1 October 2021 8:00am31 January 2022 5:00pm
Referencing and materialising the Internet and its contents, interactive installations and screen-based works meet experiments in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality that require embodiment.