It's almost time to celebrate the best of modern and traditional Asian culture in Brisbane when the month-long BrisAsia Festival returns bigger and better than ever in February 2020.
With an incredible line-up of dance, arts, food, film, music and more showcasing and celebrating our city's vibrant and diverse Asian cultures, BrisAsia Festival is one of Brisbane's best things to see and do in 2020! Better still, it's just one of the thousands of markets, festivals and events we'll help deliver over the next twelve months.
Treat yourself to more than 90 individual events happening across the city and suburbs as part of the festival. We've picked a handful of stand-out events to help get you started.
Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City will become a heated dance floor on 9 February, as some of Brisbane's best dancers battle it out in the BrisAsia Dance Showcase. The winner will get to represent Australia at Radikal Forze, Asia's freshest hip-hop festival in Singapore. Be wowed by breakdance and open dance styles at the qualifying rounds from 12 noon to 8pm on Saturday 8 February at Visible Ink Youth Hub, Fortitude Valley, then cheer on your favourite at the showcase in Queen Street Mall from 4-6pm.
Get talking at La Boite
Speak your mind with fresh ideas around Brisbane's evolving identity and culture at the free BrisAsia Talks event at the La Boite Theatre, Kelvin Grove on 14 February from 12 noon to 5pm. Watch, hear and participate in engaging debates and inspiring live performances on a wide range of topics like tradition, spirituality, Asian culture in Australia, refugees, e-sports and the future of festivals.
For a culinary experience like no other, head to Valley of Spices in Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley on 9 February from 4-9pm. This event is a first for the BrisAsia Festival. Try exotic spices and foods learn how to give your meals that extra 'spice' at one of the food demonstrations.
If that doesn't give you your foodie fill, head to the BrisAsia Bazaar at Aspley Central on 15 February from 4-9pm to experience the sights, smells and tastes of a bustling, vibrant Asian night market right here in Brisbane. The newly renovated retail hub will host BrisAsia arts and crafts, roving performers and of course, plenty of delicious Asian street food.
Pop culture party
K-pop, J-pop, C-pop and Asian pop culture lovers unite! Head to Reddacliff Place, Brisbane City on Saturday 22 February, for the BrisAsia Summer Party. The six-hour party, kicking off at 3pm, is jam-packed with non-stop entertainment. Don your best cosplay and enjoy a fun night of games, food stalls, craft markets and a huge line-up of high energy performances, like UQ Street Groove, P4Pero Dance, Cider Dance, Cloud 90 and Bermuda Dance.
Get your geek on
With e-sports viewership on the rise, it's time to join the movement and get techy at the Get Your Geek On! event on Thursday 27 February from 3-9pm at The University of Queensland. This unique event combines e-sports and gaming, anime, cosplay and all things tech. It's a judgement-free zone and newbies are welcome.
Enjoy an evening of some of the newest and coolest Asian-Australian artists who are transforming the Brisbane music scene at BrisAsia Sound on Saturday 29 February from 4-9pm. Fingerfunk, an R&B/hip-hop quartet from Singapore will headline the event bringing their fresh beats to Australia for the first time.
Finish the night with your killer dance moves and K-pop until you drop at the Silent K-pop Disco, presented by the Korean Cultural Centre. There are heaps of other things to see and do too, including talks from music industry professionals and international students.
Find even more to see and do
BrisAsia Festival is just one of the thousands of markets, festivals and events that Council helps deliver every year, and one of the many things to see and do across Brisbane in February. Head to What's on in Brisbane to see what's happening near you.