BrisAsia pounces in year of the Tiger

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Cultural festival features a busy calendar of performances and displays across Brisbane.
BrisAsia Festival performer on stage.

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, from 1-20 February, provided 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.

“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.”

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 the Museum of Brisbane.

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

Click here for the full BrisAsia Festival program

BrisAsia highlights

BrisAsia Live Hypnotica – Residency and Performance

Experience the premier performance of Hypnotica, a synthesis of ancient and contemporary improvised sound and movement. Developed through the BrisAsia LIVE creative residency program, the performance piece draws inspiration from the sounds and rhythms of traditional Sundanese music of West Java, Indonesia. Featuring traditional Indonesian musician Efiq Zulfiqar, experimental percussionist Yvette Agapow, circus artist/physical performer Mayu Moto, violinist Flora Wong, guitarist/composer Dr Anthony Garcia and a collective of emerging artist fellows, Hypnotica explores themes of transcendence and transformation through the prism of experimentalism and intercultural collaboration.

  • When:  Friday 18 February, 6pm
  • Where:  Turbine Platform, The Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Tickets: Free event

Rare Voices

Rare Voices celebrates a rich array of vocal traditions from across the Asian region. The concert will feature award-winning Iranian opera singer Shirin Madj, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, a contemporary Chinese folk ensemble led by Vian Lin and support the launch of special recordings Chants from Around the World by renowned tabla virtuoso Dheeraj Shrestha. The stellar line-up will be supported by talented virtuoso instrumentalists from diverse musical traditions who will collaborate to create and new finale performance piece.

  • When: Saturday 19 February, 7.30pm
  • Where: SunPAC
  • Tickets: $15, SunPAC bookings

Southside by Night

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

  • When: Friday 11 February 2022, 5-8pm
  • Where: Unidos Community Centre
  • Tickets: Free

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.

  • When: 12 February, 11am-8pm
  • Where: Fish Lane, South Brisbane
  • Tickets: Free

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