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BrisAsia Festival is back with a bang


Brisbane’s biggest cultural event, BrisAsia Festival, returns with a packed program of events to  celebrate the Lunar New Year.  

The enhanced offering features more than 50 events across 10 suburbs that fuse Asian art, culture  and cuisine with live performances by internationally acclaimed artists, outdoor festivities, and  intimate cultural encounters.  

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the festival, held from 1-20 February, provides a fantastic  opportunity to participate and be part of Brisbane’s evolving cultural story.  

“The much-loved BrisAsia Festival has an incredible array of events on offer, and we are really proud  that we can offer such an extensive program for residents to enjoy,” Cr Schrinner said.  

“At a time when international travel may not be on the radar for most people, it’s a delight to be able to  bring a taste of Asia to Brisbane and celebrate the rich diversity of our community.  

“The three-week long festivities include the dazzling BrisAsia Festival Launch Party which  coincides with Lunar New Year on 4 February, and will celebrate the Year of the Tiger, promoting strength, courage, and wisdom through a vibrant mix of live music, dance and cultural performances.  

“From the city to the suburbs BrisAsia Festival’s 2022 program marks a new era for the festival with new experiences including hip hop, luxury car and food truck event Southside by Night, the first  ever dedicated tea festival The Laneway Tea Festival, digital storytelling initiative Mother’s Table, a  special Valentine’s Day event BrisAsia Love Songs, a new music and healing initiative Satsang - Sacred Gathering and we’ll see some of our finest Asian designers showcased through BrisAsia  Fashion.  

“This year’s festival will also see the return of some festival favourites including Rare Voices celebrating sounds and voices from across the Asian region, BrisAsia LIVE, the cutting-edge  multidisciplinary arts residency and showcase, Summer Party celebrating Asian pop culture and  dance and BrisAsia Stories an initiative designed to explore Brisbane’s evolving cultural identity,  delivered in partnership with Museum of Brisbane.” 

Cr Shrinner said community and cultural events like BrisAsia Festival, are an important part in helping boost the local economy as we deal with the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“It's been another tough year for many industries, including the arts, and Council worked hard to  deliver more than 150 festivals for residents in 2021 as part of a $3.62 million commitment to cultural  programs across the city,” he said. 

“Last year BrisAsia Festival employed 176 creatives and supported 318 jobs, helping to stimulate the  local economy and boost the creative sector.  

“We are delivering BrisAsia Festival in line with Queensland Health’s safety guidelines with enhanced  safety measures and cleaning in place across all venues and QR codes used to assist with contract  tracing.  

“Many events require bookings, and tickets will be limited so I encourage residents to get in early to  secure a spot.”  

For the full BrisAsia Festival program and other events, visit Brisbane City Council and search  ‘BrisAsia’. 


EVENTS LISTING

Date 

Event 

Details 

Time & Location 

Cost

28 and 29  

January  

2022

Vietnamese  Lunar New  Year

Experience the most popular and  important holiday festival in  

Vietnam, Hội chợ Tết. Following the  Lunisolar Calendar this traditional  event celebrates the arrival of spring  in the Northern hemisphere and the  Vietnamese New Year with fun  family activities, food stalls, lion  dances, firecrackers, traditional  music performances, a traditional  costume parade and a martials art  performance by Calligraphy.

5– 0pm  

CJ Greenfield  

Sports Complex 

Free 

1-3 February 

New Waves 

Esports is not just about the players.  Come join us in these interactive  workshops to transform your  

passion and love for all things  gaming into the perfect career in this  growing industry.

4–6pm  

SAE Institiute,  

West End 

Free 

3  

February 

EVENINGS  with Kelly  

Higgins  

Divine &  

Ashwin 

Segkar

Join ABC presenters Kelly Higgins Devine and Ashwin Segkar as they  celebrate the start of BrisAsia Festival 2022 with a live broadcast  featuring performances, interviews  and discussions with festival artists,  creatives, chefs and more. 

7–9pm  

ABC Studio 

– On-Air 

Free 

4  

February 

BrisAsia  

Beats: May  Lyn &  

Friends

Enjoy an evening under the stars  with producer, singer and songwriter  May Lyn, whose sincere lyrics and  distinctive voice are backed by  carefully crafted grooves and lush  atmospheric textures. This BrisAsia  Beats event is presented in  

partnership with QPAC.

5:30–7:30pm 

QPAC Melbourne  Street Green 

Free 

5  

February 

BrisAsia  

Launch  

Party 

It’s the Year of the Tiger, so let’s  step out and celebrate together.  BrisAsia Festival Launch Party for  2022 will be a pulsating cultural  spectacular full of light, colour and  movement featuring live  

performances, DJs, dance, fashion  and more. 

6–8pm  

Fortitude Valley  

Hall

Free 

6  

February 

BrisAsia  

Fashion  

Forum

Join Fashion Director Liz Golding  with a stellar line up of Asian and  Indigenous designers for this  

intimate panel discussion. Learn  how their cultural heritage has  informed and inspired their craft and  design. A wonderful opportunity to  get up close to some of the 

2–4pm 

Fortitude Music  

Hall 

$45



BrisAsia  

Fashion  

Festival 

Parade 

masterminds behind the leading  labels Akira, Dogstar, Anannasa  and Native Swimwear.

5–8pm 

6  

February 

BrisAsia  

Beats:  

Chong Ali &  Friends

BrisAsia Beats presents local hip  hop legend Chong Ali, an artist with  a fluid yet gritty flow who writes love  letters to his neighbourhood and its  people through his music. This  event is presented in partnership  with The Zoo.

6–8:30pm 

The Zoo

$15 

6  

February 

BrisAsia  

Dance 

Are you ready to rumble? Watch the  best of the best dancers on stage at  BrisAsia Dance, Brisbane’s freshest  street dance event.

4–8pm 

Queen Street Mall  Stage, Brisbane  City 

Free

11 February 

Southside  

by Night

A one-of-a-kind car meet to show off  Brisbane’s best rides. From Luxury  Euros, JDM’s to Exotics, you’ll feel  like you’ve pulled up to a Vin Diesel  movie. With top DJ’s and artists plus  real street food from the community,  we’re giving Brisbane’s underground  the shine they deserve.

5–9pm  

Unidus Community  Centre

Free 

11 February 

BrisAsia  

Beats:  

Menaka &  

Friends

BrisAsia Beats presents live music  in the Queen Street Mall, featuring a  selection of local artists as part of  BrisAsia Festival. Hailing from a  musical family deeply rooted in  South Indian (Carnatic) music,  Menaka’s music explores the fusion  of Indian music with influences from  all over the world.

4:30–5:30pm 

Queen Street Mall  stage 

Free 

11 February 

Wer Ya  

From?

Wer ya from? No, not the suburb,  where are you really from? Join us  for an improvised show based on  hilarious true stories of heritage and  culture, as told by Big Fork  

Theatre's Improv in Colour  

improvisers who are as diverse as  these hashtags: #KDrama  

#ChickenAdobo #SingaporeSling  #CricketInColombo #RelaxLah

7:30–8:30pm  

Big Fork Theatre  Company 

$20

12 February 

BrisAsia  

Stands Up

A stacked line up celebrating the  immense talent and unique voices 

5:30–8:30pm 

$20



of Brisbane’s Asian Australian  comedians. Featuring our city’s  finest comedians including Ashwin  Segkar, Ting Lim, Sandeep Totlani,  Jo Gowda, MJ Wong and Michael  Cho. These local comedy legends  are ready to tear up the stage at  BrisAsia Stands Up!

Big Fork Theatre  Company 

12 February 

BrisAsia  

Laneway  

Tea Festival

A BeauTeaful one day festival  dedicated to Brisbane’s best tea  makers. Taking over Fish Lane, the  inaugural BrisAsia Laneway Tea  Festival will see the city’s best tea  makers come together for a very tasty day. For the first time, you will  be able to taste all kinds of teas  from different exhibitors all in one  place, including everyone’s favourite  Asian drink, boba—bubble tea! To  round out the fun, there will be  markets, tea workshops and  

tastings as well as tunes and bands  sound-tracking the festivities from  midday into the evening.

11am–8pm  

Fish Lane, South  Brisbane 

Free 

13 February 

BrisAsia  

LOVE  

Songs

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the  magical Mt Coot-tha Botanic  

Gardens with BrisAsia Love Songs,  a musical journey featuring loves  songs and passionate musical  improvisations from across the  globe. Featuring an exotic blend of  singers and musicians from diverse  styles and cultures the event will be  the perfect setting to share a  

romantic interlude with your  

beloved. Pack your picnic blanket,  bubbles and settle in for a free  sunset serenade.

5:30–7:30pm  

Ampitheatre, Mt  

Coot-tha Botanic  Gardens, Toowong

Free

17 February 

BrisAsia  

LIVE  

HYPNOTIC A Open  

Rehearsal

BrisAsia Live is the festival hub for  cutting edge cross-disciplinary  collaboration and creative  

innovation. Based at the iconic  Brisbane Powerhouse the residency  responds to our sector’s growing  appetite for meaningful intercultural  arts experiences that generate new  work, tell new stories and shape  new creative and cultural destinies  for our creative sector.

12 noon–1pm  

Brisbane  

Powerhouse 

Free 

18 February 

BrisAsia  

LIVE  

HYPNOTIC A Live  

Performanc e

The BrisAsia Festival is proud  present the premier performance of  Hypnotica. Drawing inspiration from  the sounds and rhythms of  

traditional Sundanese music the live  performance will feature traditional  Indonesian musician Efiq Zulfiqar,  experimental percussionist Yvette  Agapow, circus artist/physical  performer Mayu Moto, violinist Flora  Wong, guitarist/composer Dr  

Anthony Garcia and local emerging  artists.

5:30–6:30pm  

Brisbane  

Powerhouse 

Free



18 February 

Aussie K 

Poppers  

United

Witness the addictive melodies,  slick choreography and high  

production values of our local K POP crews as they showcase this  truly global phenomenon.

5:30–9pm  

Southbank Piazza,  South Brisbane 

Free 

19 February 

Summer  

Party 

What better way to send off summer  than partying at Summer Party with  non-stop entertainment! For all our  Asian pop culture lovers out there,  this event will be a jam-packed  afternoon of e-Gaming, Asian Pop  music, cosplay and dance. Watch  South Bank light up as we celebrate  Asian -pop culture and all things  tech like never before!

3–8pm Southbank  Piazza, South  

Brisbane 

Free 

19 February 

Rare Voices 

Rare Voices is a rich celebration of  vocal traditions from across the  Asian region. The concert will  feature internationally acclaimed  singers and renowned  

instrumentalists presenting intimate  traditional songs, pulsating world  rhythms, contemporary indi pop  music and hypnotic collective  improvisations. 

7-9:30pm  

SunPAC 470  

McCullough St,  

Sunnybank QLD 

Adult  

$15 + 

Booking  

Fee  

Concess 

ion/child  

$10 +  

Booking  

Fee  

Family  

(2 adults  / 2  

childrens ) $40 +  

Booking  

Fee 

20 February 

BrisAsia  

Beats:  

QUIVR DJs  in Winn  

Lane #02

Enjoy an afternoon of music curated  by local artists from QUIVR’s DJ  community in one of Fortitude  Valley’s iconic laneways. This  BrisAsia Beats event is presented in  partnership with QUIVR and Winn  Lane.

12-6pm  

Winn Lane,  

Fortitude Valley

Free 

20 February 

Satsang  

Sacred  

Gathering

Be transported to a place of inner  harmony and wellbeing through this  wonderful music and healing  

initiative. Satsang is a sacred  gathering of musicians and healers  from diverse cultural traditions and  backgrounds. The program will  include guided meditation, musical  performances and conclude with a  community gathering supported by  local northside food sellers.

4–6pm Fitzgibbon  Community Centre

Free 

1-28 

February 

Mother’s  

Table 

Mother’s Table is a mini  

documentary series produced for  BrisAsia Festival featuring local  restaurant owners Maggie Nguyen,  Mie Mie Wing Kee, and Taro  

Akimoto. Learn about the families  and stories behind the restaurants  and dishes that have shaped  Brisbane’s culinary landscape!  Produced in partnership with SAE,  Cafe O-Mai, Mamaku Street Food  and Taro’s Ramen.

Digital instillation 

Free 



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