Explore dumpling days, powder parties and cosplay culture during BrisAsia Festival
When it comes to cultural melting pots, they don’t get much bigger than Asia. This massive continent is home to some of the world’s most ancient civilisations, not to mention a large chunk of the population, so it makes sense that there are boundless cultural influences. From the climate to the cuisine, there are huge variations across the many countries that call Asia home – and that’s what makes it so exciting to explore. From February 10 to March 4, our city will come alive with the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences of Asia for the BrisAsia Festival. From cosplay to dumpling days and even live comedy, Brisbane is about to get a true taste of both traditional and contemporary Asian culture.
Let’s be honest – one of the most exciting aspects of exploring another culture is undoubtedly the food, and you’d better believe that BrisAsia Festival truly delivers in the culinary exploration (and appreciation) department. One of the most hyped events is Dumpling Day, taking over Wandering Cooks on Saturday February 17 to celebrate everyone’s favourite little flavour parcels. Another exciting one to watch is the Korean Soellal New Year’s Lunch at the brand-new Korean Society Hall, where you can witness the creation of a giant Bibimbap as well as fun games, performances and more delicious food.
As well as the eats, BrisAsia Festival is all about uncovering all facets of Asian culture. As you can imagine, there is plenty of enriching activities happening for the duration of the festival, covering all corners of the continent. One of the major highlights is the Lunar New Year Rooftop Party on Saturday February 24, turning Sunnybank Plaza’s rooftop carpark into a giant celebration to honour the Year of the Dog. Speaking of celebrations, South Bank will play host to a Summer Party on Saturday February 17 that will highlight the more quirky parts of Asian pop culture (hello, cosplay and K-pop). You can also check out the stunning Holi Festival of Colours where you get to throw coloured powder around, bust a gut laughing at Wonton of Laughs (the festival’s first-ever comedy show) or illuminate your mind at the inaugural BrisAsia Symposium.
Keen to immerse yourself in another culture? This is just the tip of the iceberg – you can check out the full jam-packed BrisAsia Festival program over at the Brisbane City Council website.