BrisAsia is back to ring in the Lunar New Year with dumplings, dragons and dancing
The coveted cultural event is making its highly anticipated return with 11 suburbs across Brisbane set to showcase the best of our city’s Asian culture this February. Last year, BrisAsia saw its highest turnout yet, with more than 24,000 people participating in this city-wide celebration of Brisbane’s diverse Asian community. For its 12th run, the festival is back and better than ever – kicking off the lunar new year with a stacked program featuring more than 20 events from dancing dragons to dumplings. Running from Thursday, February 1 to Sunday, February 1, here’s what’s not to miss …
Devour one too many dumplings at Southside’s Dumpling Festival: Brisbane’s acclaimed pan-Asian foodie destination is celebrating BrisAsia with a festival headlined by its delicious dumpling menu. This inaugural event will see sous chef Benny Lam be joined by pop-up kitchens and live cultural performances for a night of culinary and cultural delights. Sample plate after plate from Southside’s beloved dumpling menu, and experience the heavenly pockets of flavour of the eatery’s gyoza, bao, siu mai and more. Secure your tickets now.
Fly your story at this Museum of Brisbane’s latest art installation: Museum of Brisbane’s artists in residence Christine Ko and Louis Lim are turning their ongoing work Departure into a community project. This art installation from the duo of Brisbane-based artists uses paper kites to represent the migrant experience, decorated using photographs from family archives. Throughout BrisAsia, Christine and Louis are calling on Brisbane to share their stories of migration and family photographs to help create the next collection of kites. The final artwork will create a tapestry that flies Brisbane’s diverse migrant story.
ParTea with this tea-themed market: BrisAsia is inviting you to the ultimate tea party with a market event dedicated to Asia’s unique tea varieties and their rich history. A must-do for tea lovers, this market-style day is host to tea tastings, hot and cold teas, bubble teas, accessories, workshops and music. ParTEA will be taking over Chinatown – pouring traditional and innovative styles that are bound to be your cup of tea.
Kick back at Fish Lane’s inaugural block party: Debuting this year, Lush on Fish Lane brings together venues from its star-studded street to celebrate this thriving cultural hub. Feast on the mouth-watering menus of local Asian restaurants like Chu the Phat, Bird’s Nest and Southside Restaurant and even witness the unveiling of new street art from local Asian artists Lisa Tran Kelly, Vanghoua Anthony Vue and Mark du Potiers. Prepare to be wowed by BrisAsia Dance competitors who will be closing the night with a Break Dance battle and catch street performers roving around all event long. Find out more on Fish Lane’s website.
Countdown to Lunar New Year in Chinatown: Ring in the Lunar New Year with a night exploring the heart of the Valley and enter the Year of the Dragon with prosperity and peace. Indulge in celebratory banquets at the precinct’s many Asian restaurants or catch (for free) the traditional lion and dragon as they dance their way through Chinatown alongside awe-inspiring roving dances.
Head to Brisbane City Council’s website now to see the full BrisAsia program.