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Get Festive At These 11 Incredible Bris Asia Festival Events

By Catherine Blake - 08 Feb 2019

BrisAsia Fest is back for a rollick through the biggest, best and brightest in Asian culture. Expect Lunar New Year parties, a hotly anticipation art exhibitions, and every glorious kind of dish you could imagine. With so much stuff coming to Brisbane and so many events being organise this really is the time to fully immerse yourself in everything the local Asian community has to offer. Start with these eleven events and go from there:

Dumpling Day

This day-long celebration of dumplings features everything dumpling and dumpling-related. From food stalls where you can load up on dumplings of every variety, to cooking demonstrations, to printing your own fabric for fukushiri, BrisAsia’s Dumpling Day has it all. For more info, check out the events page

When: 12pm to 9pm, Sunday 10 February
Where: Welcome To Bowen Hills

Wham! Glam! Thank You Japan!

The Bertie Page Clinic is proud to present Wham! Glam! Thank you Japan!, an evening which promises glam rock and ravishing outfits, and the first time a geisha has travelled from Japan to perform at The Brightside. Featuring the sonic synthesis of classic rock with Japan’s national instrument, the koto, Wham! Glam! Thank you Japan! tells the story of when the West collided with Japan after centuries of isolation. Bookings vital, secure tickets here.

When: 7pm to 9pm, Sunday 10 February
Where: The Brightside, 27 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley

Inala Food Trail

The pivotal food event of the festival, the Inala Food Trail is an exhibition of the best Asian food in Brisbane, hands down. For between $2 and $5, visitors can sample a broad range of Asian cuisines. Don’t worry if you miss it, you can always go on your own food trail and check out all the stallholders with the remaining 11 months of the year.

When: 11am to 4pm, Sunday 10 February
Where: Inala Plaza Shopping Centre

APT9 At QAGOMA

Known as APT9, this art exhibition is a riotous splendour of colour and culture that exalts the best works from both established and emerging artists in the Asia Pacific. Hosted in QAGOMA, this ninth installment features every kind of media you can imagine from paintings and sculptures to videos and multimedia installations. APT9 runs until Sunday 28 April, so get down to QAGOMA and make the most of it by catching a highlight tour (commencing at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm daily) and get the lowdown on all the most prominent pieces.

When: 10am to 5pm, until Sunday 28 April
Where: QAGOMA

Lunar New Year Rooftop Party

Rounding off the New Years celebrations is Sunnybank’s famous Lunar New Year Rooftop Party. Expect traditional lion dancing, lantern craft, calligraphy workshops, tea ceremonies, live music, and a phenomenal firework display to really kickstart the new lunar year. Entry is free and all ages are welcome.

When: 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 16 February
Where: Sunnybank Plaza Rooftop Car Park

Artist Talk

In partnership with Creative Mornings, this live and free event centres around a discussion between the curators and visual artists of outdoor art exhibition A Place to Call Home as they address the questions of identity and self-definition facing the contemporary Asian female artist. It promises to be a fascinating and revitalising morning, so make sure you register to avoid missing out. Bookings available 11am on Monday 18 February at Creative Mornings' website.

When: 7am to 9am, Friday 22 February
Where: the Lushington, 5 Hubert Street, Woolloongabba

Single Asian Female

Michelle Law is a national treasure. A writer and screenwriter by trade, Law wrote the immensely funny book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, as well as SBS web series Homecoming Queens. She stars in her latest project, a comedy about family feuds and cultural identity in suburban Australia called Single Asian Female. The show had a sell-out run in Sydney and is coming up to Brisbane’s La Boite just in time for BrisAsia Fest. Ticket prices start at $35 and can be purchased here.

When: 16 February until 9 March
Where: La Boite Roundhouse Theatre, 6 Musk Avenue Kelvin Grove

Crazy Funny Asians

Brought to Slipstream Brewing by Focus Trivia and Comedy, Crazy Funny Asians is an evening of side-splitting stand-up showcasing the finest Asian talent in Brisbane. Featured comics include Deepak Dhessi, Suraj Kolarkar, Ting Lim, Ashwin Segkar, Sandeep Totlani and MJ Wong, who will share their experience of what it means to be BrisAsian. There’ll also be some Beer Coaster Haiku from performance poet Megan Batholomew before the show, so get there early. Also, try the pilsner.

When: 6pm, Friday 15 February
Where: Slipstream Brewing, 94 Wilkie Street, Yeerongpilly

Technicolour Chinese New Year Night Market

The Spring Festival festivities continue with the Technicolour Night Market. Entry is free and there’ll be plenty of food trucks as well as tonnes of celebratory events like lion dancing and a cultural performance that starts at 6.30pm, so definitely get there for that. There’s also plenty of craft and kids entertainment so it’s perfect for the family. Click here for more info. 

When: 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 16 February
Where: DiverCiti Centre, 23 Foster Street, Newmarket

Lantern Making Workshop

Presented by the Queensland Chinese Arts Association, this completely free and completely hands-on workshop will step you through the basics of lantern-building in preparation for the ongoing festivities of Chinese New Year. Bookings essential on 3403 4166.

When: 10.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 17 February
Where: Brisbane Square Library

BrisAsia Anime

Brisbane Square Library will be screening a selection of recently released anime films, absolutely free. The first two features, Mirai and Wheely, are family friendly, but the final film Maquia: Where the Promised Flower Blooms has an MA rating so make sure you pick your day carefully. Admission is free but spaces are limited so make sure you book on 3403 4166.

When: from 5.30pm, Friday 15 February, 22 February, and 1 March
Where: Brisbane Square Library

Image credit: Ariana Gillrie for Urban List

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