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02 February, 2015

Burnett Lane will transform into an impressive yarn menagerie as the Japanese artform of amigurumi takes over the CBD laneway from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 February, as a part of the popular BrisAsia Festival.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the colourful exhibit will provide pops of colour along Burnett Lane and would amuse and delight people of all ages.

“Amigurumi is the increasingly popular Japanese artform of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals, dolls and fantasy creatures, which is exactly what visitors will discover when they walk down Burnett Lane,” Cr Quirk said.

“Visitors to the laneway will need to look high and low to spot all of the inhabitants in this yarn menagerie 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 practice creates experiences for the young-at-heart to engage in public spaces.

“This is the first time this art installation has been featured as a part of the BrisAsia Festival and I encourage residents to take a stroll along Burnett Lane and experience the wonderful art for themselves.”

Amigurumi Toyland is part of this year’s BrisAsia Festival which celebrates Brisbane’s connection with traditional and contemporary Asian culture.

With a program of events running from Friday 6 February to Sunday 1 March, this year’s BrisAsia celebrations have incorporated signature events, such as, BrisAsia Festival opening night party, Yum Chat, Neon Pop and Taste of Asia.

Cr Quirk said the popularity of events like Amigurumi Toyland as part of BrisAsia Festival, highlighted Brisbane as a vibrant, creative and multicultural city.

“Council has a strong history of supporting music, performance and multicultural events such as BrisAsia Festival, the Valley Fiesta and Diwali Festival,” he said.

“BrisAsia Festival contributes to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of the whole community. It helps realise our vision of a vibrant, creative city by delivering high quality cultural, arts and entertainment programs across Brisbane city and suburbs.

“I encourage Brisbane residents to get out and experience the unique events on offer as part of the BrisAsia Festival.”

Brisbane’s 612ABC is the official media partner for the 2015 BrisAsia Festival.

Event: Amigurumi Toyland
Date: Friday 13 – Sunday 15 February
Times: All day event
Venue: Burnett Lane, Brisbane CBD
Cost: FREE

For more information on the BrisAsia Festival, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] FEBRUARY 02, 2015

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