One Brisbane many cultures - May 2019 | Brisbane City Council

One Brisbane many cultures - May 2019

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

Neighbour Day, on Sunday 31 March, reminds us that it is our connection to the people around us that creates the friendly, inclusive and safe community Brisbane is known and loved for.

If you are looking for ways to meet other locals, then why not visit Council’s community gardens and composting hubs, or take part in the fun sessions we hold at parks as part of our Active and Healthy Program? Visit to find out what is happening near you.

On Harmony Day, Thursday 21 March, we celebrate our city’s cultural diversity. You can get involved by joining the festivities hosted by schools and community groups across Brisbane. Look out for events in your community or find one at

You’ll find other events and activities that honour and celebrate our multicultural community in this edition.

Graham Quirk

Join us at the Asia Pacific Cities Summit

Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph and global sustainability leader Peggy Liu will lead the line-up of guest speakers at the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit (2019APCS) and Mayors’ Forum in Brisbane from 7-10 July.

The event brings together government and industry leaders from the Asia Pacific region's leading cities and is a great opportunity for local businesses to exchange knowledge and make global connections.

Registrations are now open and day passes are available. You can also showcase your business to the world at the Market Square and the new Innovation Alley – a dedicated exhibition space for start‑ups and entrepreneurs.

Peter Clowes, founder of Brisbane company MAXART, attended the last APCS in South Korea. “The Summit was a unique opportunity to broaden my business perspective, and the connections I made were easily equivalent to 10 domestic business trips,” he says. Visit the 2019 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayor's Forum website for information and to register.

Explore Brisbane’s cultural venues

Interested in arts and culture? Council is growing your Brisbane lifestyle with galleries, exhibition spaces, festivals and events for you to explore.

Head to Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC in March for the Brisbane Comedy Festival, or learn about fashion, design and history at the Museum of Brisbane.

The Richard Randall Art Studio at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha is a historic venue which hosts art workshops and shows all year round.

For a family day out, board a CityCat and head to the cultural precinct in South Bank, or walk or cycle down the Art and the River Public Art Trail.

Curiocity Brisbane, from 15 March to 3 April, is a new festival merging science, technology and art. From South Bank to New Farm, you’ll be able to see, hear and play along a trail of installations and events. For more information, visit the Curiocity Brisbane website.

Business awards now open

Are you an emerging or successful businessperson from a multicultural background? Or do you know someone who is?

Nominations for the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business open on Monday 15 April. The awards celebrate the contribution multicultural businesses make to Brisbane’s economy, with the winners announced at a gala dinner at City Hall in October.

Applications are also open for the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme.

Aspiring business owners can apply for scholarships in a variety of courses, including the TAFE Certificate IV in Small Business Management and Master in Information Technology from Federation University Australia. The mentoring scheme involves 12 months’ worth of workshops with experienced mentors to help you grow your business. Applications close on Friday 12 April. Find out more.

Be part of Youth Week

Youth Week, the largest celebration of young people in Australia, returns from 3-14 April.

This year, there are more than 80 activities and events to celebrate the contributions of young people aged 12 to 25 years make to our community. This year’s citywide program includes all-age music events in Fortitude Valley, creative workshops, LGBTIQ+ events, The QUBE Effect 2019 live performances and more.

You can also take part in Youth Week by volunteering, facilitating workshops or performing at Youth Week events. See the full program or email for information on how to get involved.

Brisbane Metro – a key part of Brisbane’s greater transport network!

Council is building a greater transport network to help you get from the city to the suburbs quicker and safer.

New high-capacity and high-frequency Brisbane Metro services will run along dedicated busways and link with suburban bus and train services as part of a better planned network. That means more buses available for the suburbs and less bus congestion in the city. You’ll get home up to 50% quicker, so you can do more of what you love. Find out more.


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07 March 2019