One Brisbane many cultures - December 2017

As a city with a quarter of its population born overseas and more than 17 per cent of households speaking a language other than English, Brisbane is a truly multicultural city. Brisbane City Council has developed the One Brisbane many cultures newsletter, a quarterly publication in ten languages including English, to provide a snapshot of key Council initiatives and city wide events. Council actively leads, advocates and promotes Brisbane as an inclusive city and encourages communities from diverse cultural backgrounds to participate in its programs and enjoy the activities that the city offers.

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A message from Lord Mayor Graham Quirk

As 2017 draws to a close and we enter the holiday season, I fondly reflect on a busy and successful year and I am proud of the many diverse leisure and lifestyle opportunities our prosperous city has hosted.

Christmas events and entertainment are in full swing with magical offerings including The Enchanted Garden, Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular, Christmas Movies in the Park, Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols and the Christmas Parade presented by David Jones. To check out the full Christmas program head to

Bring in the New Year with a dazzling fireworks display at South Bank Parklands, and be sure to check out BrisAsia and Chinese Lunar New Year festivities occurring in February and March.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Graham Quirk


Recognising the efforts of mentors

There is a common saying that states "the secret to living is giving". Four of Brisbane's business leaders are living this mantra by generously volunteering their spare time through the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Mentoring Scheme, which helps others looking to progress their businesses.

These mentors are members of the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table, which aims to identify and facilitate opportunities for business and economic development and encourage entrepreneurship within Brisbane's multicultural community.

Two of the mentors - Bob Bishop of Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Andrew Foo of Singapore Business Group (Australia) Inc. - have worked as a team to mentor one group of mentees. Supporting the second group of mentees from the 2017-8 intake are David Widjaja of the Australia Indonesia Business Council and Brian Lorigan of the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

"I wanted to give a bit back as I have gained a lot of experience in business and I think that information is worth passing on to young people," says Bob. "My role is to not only give advice but to encourage the group to share their knowledge."

All four business leaders have been involved in the mentoring scheme since its inception in 2015. The highly skilled mentors obtain a sense of fulfilment by assisting mentees during two-hour workshops, held once a month for 12 months. They are also available to provide support and guidance via phone and email throughout the year.

Mentees gain valuable tips and information on networking opportunities in Brisbane, understanding local business culture and systems as well as how to grow their businesses.

The 2017-18 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Mentoring Scheme accepted 14 mentees into the program, with plans to grow the number of mentees in 2018-19. Applications for the 2018-19 Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship and Mentoring Scheme will open in early February 2018 and close in April 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mentoring Scheme, please contact the Multicultural Affairs unit at

BrisAsia Festival returns

Celebrate the best of contemporary and traditional Asian arts and culture with 22 action-packed days of fun, food, festivities and colour from 10 February to 4 March!

The BrisAsia Festival 2018 theme is 'flying colours', and the line-up includes a vibrant mix of exciting lifestyle and leisure activities for all ages to enjoy.

There’s even a huge Asian pop-culture summer party in South Bank as well as food events in Sunnybank and Inala to indulge your taste buds.

Fancy taking part in a day committed to celebrating dumplings? Come along to Brisbane’s ultimate Holi Festival of Colours celebration at Rocks Riverside Park and witness the creation of a giant Korean bibimbap!

Now in its sixth year, BrisAsia Festival showcases contemporary and traditional Asian arts and cultural events, programs and initiatives providing exciting creative sector development opportunities.

Celebrate the Year of the Dog

The Chinese Lunar New Year festival will be held on 17-18 February 2018. To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Chinatown Mall will host a variety of entertaining activities including cultural performances and lion dances. There will also be interactive workshops and music displays from a variety of Asian countries, reflecting the cultural diversity of our city.

The Chinese Lunar New Year festival forms part of the BrisAsia Festival which showcases traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events.

  • Saturday 17 February: 4-9pm
  • Sunday 18 February: 12 noon-5pm

For more information, visit or call us on 07 3403 8888.

Capital investment pays off for start-ups

Since its launch in October 2016, innovation hub The Capital has provided start-ups like One Entity, founded by Dhawal Nayak, with affordable co-working space, expert support and exposure to corporate and government customers and partners.

"Being based at the heart of the city in The Capital has given me so many opportunities and helped me connect with people from different disciplines," Dhawal says.

Dhawal founded his tech company to design a solution for small to medium businesses (SMBs) which can easily be integrated with their existing tech. "We get on the ground with SMBs to develop and solution suited to their needs," he explains. "Instead of managing the business through multiple systems, it is all integrated into one system."

Located at 155 Queen Street, The Capital and foundation tenants Fishburners Brisbane and Little Tokyo Two support more than 100 start-ups like One Entity. To find out more, visit

Save the date!

As an Event City for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Brisbane will host track cycling and shooting events, plus and exciting entertainment program between 30 March and 15 April 2018.

Celebrate the Queen's Baton Relay and enjoy Festival 2018, with 12 days of free events across the city. Find out more.


  • Daily until 29 April 2018 - Mao's Last Dancer the exhibition: A portrait of Li Cunxin
    Never-before-seen interviews, performance footage and personal artefacts of the famous artist
    10am-5pm, Museum of Brisbane

  • 8-24 December - Gold Lotto City Hall Lights
    Brisbane City Hall lights up with a magical light projection show
    Shows every 15 minutes from 7.30pm to midnight, King George Square

  • 17 December - Chanukah in the City
    Celebrate Chanukah with family-friendly activities, entertainment, live orchestra and kosher food
    4-8pm, Reddacliff Place

  • 26 December - 4 February - Mamma Mia!
    Smash-hit musical inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA's classic songs
    Various times, Lyric Theatre, QPAC

  • 19 January - 2nd One Day International
    Join the action as Australia takes on England in the men's cricket
    From 1.20pm, The Gabba

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04 December 2017