Beat the drums and snap open the chopsticks as the popular BrisAsia Festival returns this month with a dynamic program across the city until Sunday 1 March!
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Some fantastic free events and activities are on offer across the city as we celebrate our city’s connections with Asian culture this month through live music, art installations, a games night, short film screenings, food stalls, artist talks as well as Japanese youth culture event, Neon Pop.
Burnett Lane will be transformed into a crocheted wonderland with a unique art installation called Amigurumi Toyland, which captures the spirit of Japan’s kawaii culture of all things cute and cuddly.
The art installation comes from the imagination of Brisbane-based artist, Joon-Yee Kwok whose Japanese artform of knitting or crocheting creates small animals, dolls and creatures. It will be the first time the BrisAsia festival has featured such an art installation.
Local singing group the South Bank Allstars, will have a free concert on Tuesday 10th February featuring World Pop songs, modern pop songs and traditional favourites from China, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
Reddacliff Place will become a foodie’s heaven on the 27th February with the Taste of Asia event featuring a range of Asian food stalls and live entertainment. Celebrity chef Adam Liaw will also be special guest, making his favourite Asian comfort food in a live presentation on the night.
For one night on Saturday 28th February, South Bank’s cultural forecourt will be taken over by Neon Pop, a dance party for fans of cosplay, anime and Asian pop.
In addition to a host of special events on offer, many Council’s regular programs will also be taking on an Asian twist this month, with the popular World Kitchen cooking classes in libraries and Bands in Parks events by Taiko drum collective Toko-ton.
The BrisAsia Festival also incorporates Council’s Chinese Lunar New Year festivities which will bring Chinatown Mall to life with lion dances, cultural performances, markets and firecracker displays.
Last year approximately 30,000 people attended the BrisAsia Festival and I highly recommend taking part in the many events on offer this month. A full program and details are available at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or by phoning Council on 3403 8888.
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Bang the drum for the return of the BrisAsia Festival
Amigurumi Toyland in Burnett Lane