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BrisAsia Festival is back with a bang

February 1 - February 20

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’ – see HERE.

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