Did you know that the Sydney Lunar Festival is the world's biggest celebration of Lunar New Year outside of Asia? Brisbane can't match that for size but the festivities in Brisvegas are amazing and most are free. You can enjoy markets, art exhibitions, lion and dragon dance performances, artist talks, dumplings, fireworks, parades and parties.
Lion Dance not Dragon Dance (May Cross)
The Lion Dance The celebrations often finish with a stunning lion dance, in which spectators will be led by professional Chinese dancers. Both lion and dragon dances have been performed in China for over a thousand years even though neither dragons nor lions existed in ancient China. They have become important symbols of good luck and prosperity and are performed at New Year and other cultural events.
Aerial Lion Dancer (May Cross)
Technicolor Chinese New Year Night Market
At 23 Foster Street, Newmarket on Saturday, 16 February from 4.00 to 9.00 pm
Technicolour Chinese New Year Night Market is back. Chinese New Year or "Spring Festival" is the most important celebration in the traditional Chinese calendar. This will be a night of fun where you can surround yourself with red ("good luck" in Chinese culture) and gold ("fortune"). Welcome the New Year and wish for a prosperous year. The highlight of the event will be an exciting lion dance performance. You can also enjoy delish Asian cuisine, traditional Chinese crafts workshops, face painting, a fun photo booth and many other special activities. This is a child-friendly event and there is free entry, For further details see website here.
At Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley on Saturday 9 February from 4:00 to 9:00 pm and on Sunday 10 February from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. One of the best places to celebrate Lunar New Year is, of course, Chinatown Mall, in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy festivities with lion and dragon dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, interactive workshops you can participate in, and roving street performers to welcome the Year of the Pig. Chinatown Mall gets decorated in red and gold (good fortune and joy). Two fun days of traditional Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese dances, markets, cultural performances, firecrackers and live entertainment. Learn the art of making a lucky envelope, blessing cards and origami. More details here.
Fierce Lion Statue (May Cross)
Brisbane Chinese Festival
Brisbane City Council and the Chinese community are bringing a host of festivities to the city centre for the Year of the Pig celebrations for The Lunar New Year. They are all free and family friendly.
1. The Grand Parade on Saturday 9 February from 4.00 to 6.30 pm in King George Square, Albert Street and George Street. 2. The Celebratory Fete on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm in The Brisbane Square, 266 George Street. 3. Queen Street Performance on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February from10.00 am to 8.00 pm on the Queen Street Mall Stage (Myer Centre).
At Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park from 4 February to 10 February. Join the fun of Chinese New Year at Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park, to welcome in 2019. The Year of the Pig festivities will run frountil10 February from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. It's an exciting week of activities for the whole family to enjoy. And don't miss Celebrate the New Year with colour, excitement and fireworks. Free highlights include Lion dances, kung fu demonstrations, the ancient art form of Chinese calligraphy, tai chi, lantern making, ice carving with chainsaws and much more. Further details here.
Fast As Lightning Kung Fu (May Cross)
Lunar New Year Rooftop Party
At Sunnybank Plaza Rooftop Car Park, Sunnybank on Saturday 16 February from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
The Lunar New Year Rooftop Party will be lots of fun for the whole family. Sunnybank's New Year celebrations literally finish with a bang, with a rooftop party and fireworks spectacle. Enjoy the Asian culture of the pop-up laneway with lantern making, calligraphy workshops, tea ceremonies, percussion workshops and more. There's a whole program of live entertainment including a traditional lion dance, music, cultural dance and K-pop performances. Plus games and activities for all ages in the Family Game Zone. Purchase some dinner or snacks from one of the authentic Asian restaurants as the sun sets, and stay for the grand finale - a spectacular fireworks display which will light up the summer night sky. More details Your text goes here
Local artist Spectator Jonze (May Cross)
Lunar Down Under
At "Art From The Margins" 136 Brunswick Street, Brisbane from Saturday 19 January until Friday 24 February. Lunar Down Under: Asian Art 2019 is a contemporary Asian art exhibition. The exhibition is free. It presents creative intercultural art by Australian artists and disadvantaged communities. One of my favourite emerging young artists, Spectator Jonze, is being featured.
Lucky Red and Gold Lanterns (May Cross)
Handmade Culture: Chinese Lanterns
At Brisbane Square Library on Sunday 17 February from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. Bookings essential on 07 3403 4166. Go along for a hands-on introduction to Chinese lantern making. This FREE workshop is presented by the Queensland Chinese Arts Association as part of the celebrations for BrisAsia, the Chinese Lantern Festival and the Chinese New Year. It is recommended for older teenagers and adults.