One Brisbane many cultures - December 2018 | Brisbane City Council

One Brisbane many cultures - December 2018

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

The lighting of the Christmas tree in King George Square marks the start of a month of free festive fun in our vibrant city.

Always popular with families, the City Hall Lights spectacular will be projected onto City Hall (7-24 December), while the Christmas Parade presented by David Jones will wind its way through Queen Street Mall (14-23 December).

Head to Mulbeam Park, Boondall on Saturday 8 December for Christmas with the South Pacific Islander community, and celebrate Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, in the CBD on Sunday 9 December. You'll find more events, including Lunar New Year festivities, in this edition.

Graham Quirk

More to see and do this holiday season

Council is growing your Brisbane lifestyle by creating more for you to see and do this holiday season at Mt Coot-tha!

Make the most of our sunny days and spend time exploring the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, riding the mountain bike trails or walking the forest trails. Make your way to the picnic areas, or head up to the Summit Lookout for a well-deserved ice-cream and take in the breathtaking view.

You could also visit the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and embark on a stellar space adventure across the galaxy. Lie back in your seat in the Cosmic Skydome and look up for a guided 'spaceflight' across the solar system or to watch a show, then tour the exhibits to learn even more fascinating facts about astronomy and space exploration.

Whether you are looking for fun or low-cost activities, events, festivals or markets, our What's on calendar is full of holiday ideas.

Apply for a business scholarship and mentoring opportunities

Do you want to start of grow a business? The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme offers more than 50 placements to support local entrepreneurs from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Scholarships include training courses from Certificate IV through to postgraduate university courses, giving aspiring business owners the knowledge, confidence and skills to start or grow a business in its early stages. Most of the part-time courses are three to 12 months long and start in July 2019.

The Mentoring Scheme links recipients with local, experienced mentors, who work in pairs to deliver monthly workshops to small groups of mentees and also offer support via phone and email.

Applications are open on Monday 14 January and close on Friday 12 April. Find out more about scholarships and mentoring.

Celebrate cultural diversity

BrisAsia is back for 2019

Celebrate the best of contemporary and traditional Asian arts and culture with 23 action-packed days of fun, food, festivities and colour from 9 February to 3 March!

The BrisAsia Festival 2019 line-up is packed with exciting lifestyle and leisure activities for all ages to enjoy. This year there is an Asian pop culture summer party in South Bank, as well as food events in Sunnybank and Inala to indulge your tastebuds.

BrisAsia is a great event for the whole family and celebrates the diversity of Brisbane through a variety of Asian arts and cultural events, programs and initiatives.

The full schedule of events and activities will be available on this website in January.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Chinatown Mall will turn red and gold on Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February to ring in the Lunar New Year. Join in the two-day celebration and see lion and dragon dancers, browse market stalls and fast on fabulous food. There will also be interactive workshops and music displays from a variety of Asian countries, reflecting our city's cultural diversity. Visit the My Valley website.

Brisbane's newest leisure destination

Howard Smith Wharves, beneath the Story Bridge, will soon be our city's new entertainment and lifestyle destination.

An unused space for decades, Council undertook an extensive evaluation process to transform the 3.43-hectare site into a vibrant riverfront location, announcing the successful tender for a $110 million revitalisation project in 2016.

Opening in stages between now and early 2019, Howard Smith Wharves will feature new public spaces including parkland and an outdoor amphitheatre, and scenic riverside dining at three new restaurants (GRECA, Toko Brisbane, and Stanley Restaurant and Bar), as ell a venues to enjoy drinks with a view (Felons Brewing Co. and Mr Percivals, an overwater bar).

Thanks to its riverside location, Howard Smith Wharves is accessible by public transport, with a new ferry terminal expected to open at the site in 2020. There are also new lifts, at Bowen Terrace and Wilson Outlook Reserve, giving access from the top of the cliffs.

Create and curate with a grant

Artists, arts workers, creative producers and history lovers can apply for a range of grants up to the value of $20,000 each. The Creative Sparks Grants Program and Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships close on 29 January, while Brisbane History Grants and the Innovation Grants Program close on 4 February. Find out more about Council's grants program.


Diary note: 2019APCS

Register to join more than 1500 business and government leaders at the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS), & Mayors' Forum in Brisbane from 7-10 July. The 2019APCS is a great place to make local and international connections and grow your business. Register now by visiting the 2019APCS website.

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04 December 2018