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Brisbane comes alive for BrisAsia

20 January, 2017

Tens of thousands of people will flock to Brisbane’s CBD from Friday 27 January to Sunday 19 February for the fifth annual BrisAsia Festival.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the popular festival celebrated the best of Asian arts and culture, presenting more than 80 events and activities across the city.

“Last year’s event attracted more than 70,000 people to events across the city as well as 537 artists, curators, producers and specialist technicians,” Cr Quirk said.

“BrisAsia features some of the finest theatre, dance, food, music, film, talks and visual arts, providing a wonderful opportunity to discover and celebrate Asian cultures in Brisbane.

“The festival will open at sunrise on Friday 27 January with the Monks of Tibet offering a special meditation experience followed by Salute to the Sun, a free yoga session at the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank.

“Throughout the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Asian culture including an ao dai (Vietnamese costume) fashion parade, origami workshops, ikebana displays, Japanese storytelling, bamboo lantern workshops and more.

“William Jolly Bridge will light up the Brisbane River as it is transformed into a canvas of art with lights projected onto its pillars and arches during the three week festival.”

Many of Council’s regular programs are also taking on an Asian twist for the festival including World Kitchen cooking classes, Tai Chi Qigong, yoga and karate in Brisbane parks, creative workshops and activities for nature lovers in the Boondall Wetlands and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.

BrisAsia Festival also incorporates Council’s Chinese Lunar New Year festivities which will bring Chinatown Mall to life with lion dancers, traditional dance, markets and firecrackers from Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 January.

“Residents and visitors can bring in the Year of the Rooster with a great range of entertainment of the Chinese Lunar New Year Weekend,” he said.

Cr Quirk said the multicultural celebration fostered a strong connection and collaboration between Brisbane and Asia.

“Events like BrisAsia Festival contribute to Brisbane’s reputation as a New World City that builds global connections and attracts talent that contributes to our vibrant and creative city,” he said.

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/brisasiafestival or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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