If you love Asian arts, culture and food (and let’s face it who doesn’t), you won’t want to miss our BrisAsia Festival 2019. Brisbane’s biggest festival of all things Asian is back and, with 100 events over three weeks, it’s bigger than ever. From Lunar New Year celebrations, dumplings and dance performances to the Holi Festival of Colour, art, yoga and music, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Lunar New Year
What better way to kick-off BrisAsia than at Lunar New Year festivities in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall – arguably the biggest celebration in the Asian calendar! You’ll be ringing in the Year of the Pig with a bang! There's fireworks, the traditional lion dance, lantern making, live music, street food, tea ceremonies, family games and calligraphy workshops. This will be a two-day extravaganza (Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 February) to remember.
Keeping New Year celebrations in full swing, Sunnybank’s epic Lunar New Year Rooftop Party returns Saturday 16 February – what better excuse to keep partying!
So you think you can dance
Buckle up and get ready to experience Asian pop culture firsthand! There's fashion and Cosplay, at the BrisAsia Festival Summer Party at Musgrave Park on Saturday 16 February. The dance stage will come to life and pump out your favourite K-pop and J-pop songs. You’ll be picking up new moves in no time at choreography workshops by international sensation B-Boy Saru and shows by local hip-hop and pop dance crews.
Holi Festival of Colour
Put some colour in your life at Brisbane Holi - Festival of Colours. Each year, millions of people in India and around the world get together to celebrate Spring and the triumph of good over evil under clouds of coloured powder. You too can celebrate at Seventeen Mile Rocks on Saturday 2 March. Clean freaks beware! Come in your brightest white clothes and prepare to be a mighty mess as you dance the day away and douse each other in coloured powder.
Laughs out loud!
Need a laugh? You’ll be clutching your sides at Crazy Funny Asians. The must see show promises stomach-knotting LOLs with some of the hottest comics on the scene, Ashwin Segkar, MJ Wong, Ting Lim, Deepak Dhessi, Sandeep Totlani and Suraj Kolarkar, sharing their hilarious take on what it means to be BrisAsian.
If you enjoy thought-provoking conversations, the BrisAsia Symposium on Friday 1 March is the place to be. ABC Radio National host Paul Barclay will lead this year’s conversation on the theme of “belonging”.
What: BrisAsia Festival 2019
When: Saturday 9 February to Sunday 3 March 2019
Where: Multiple venues across Brisbane