BrisAsia Festival is an annual Brisbane festival that showcases contemporary and traditional Asian arts, food tours, cultural programs and events. BrisAsia Festival is in its eighth year and it promises to be better than ever with more than 100 diverse events.
It is held over three weeks at various venues across our beautiful City of Brisbane. I have selected a dozen of my favourite FREE BrisAsia activities and events for you and your family. They include arts, crafts, movies, children's activities, singing and dancing - something for all tastes and ages. In 2019 BrisAsia Festival runs from 9 February to 3 March.
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.
Chinese Lanterns in Roma Street (May Cross)
The Seen and Unseen
At Museum of Brisbane, King George Square, on Thursday 14 February at 6.45 pm. This contemporary Indonesian film is part of a suite of films which celebrate Asian Cinema as part of BrisAsia. Ten year old Tantri realises that she doesn't have much time left with her seriously ill twin brother. She retreats into a fantasy world which becomes the twins' playground. It is a magical journey of emotions, relationships, imagination and hope. MoB is showcasing it in partnership with Asia Pacific Screen Awards. This film was the winner of their 2017 Best Youth Feature Film, so I am looking forward to seeing it. Although this is a FREE event, please book your tickets at MoB website here.
Friday 15 February from 5.30 to 7.00 pm (98 minutes) Kun enjoys a happy childhood until his new baby sister Mirai arrives and puts his nose out of joint (figuratively not literally). The baby, of course, becomes the centre of her parents' universe. Kun becomes jealous (of course) and withdraws into a fantastic imaginary world where past and present merge.
2. Wheely(G 2018) Friday 22 February from 5.30 to 7.30 pm (100 minutes) Another imaginary world - this time with vehicles being the citizens of Gasket City. (Sounds like Lightning McQueen to me.) One cabbie tries to be the King of the Road in his hometown but soon learns that being true to yourself is better than personal success (cue the violins).
3. Maquia: Where the Promised Flower Blooms (MA 2018)
Friday 1 March from 5.30 to 7.30 pm (115 minutes) The Iorph people apparently live for hundreds of years but cannot love each other (sounds like purgatory). When their peace is threatened, young Maquia who is an orphan, escapes and finds a parentless child whom she raises as her own.
Lunar Down under Exhibition (image from organiser's website)
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 and is being held to coincide with the BrisAsia Festival hosted by the Brisbane City Council, It presents creative intercultural art by Australian artists and disadvantaged communities. Join in for FREE artist talks and a tea ceremony on Sunday 3 February 2019 from 2.00 pm.
The artists include:
- Spectator Jonze (one of my favourite young creatives, with a great moniker)
- David Fu Chong
- Joan Medlam
- Hyo Young Yim
- Jeremy McPherson
- Quentin Clark
- Beki Tara
- Tammy Law
- and artists from Milpera State School.
For the Love of the Game Brisbane Multicultural Sports Festival
At F.R. Caterson Park, 730 Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road, Mansfield on Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
The first Brisbane Multicultural Sports Festival will celebrate local communities with the love of sport. Eagle Sports Complex will be alive with fans of sport as they support teams which will compete over two days for great prizes. Watch cricket, volleyball and soccer across three locations at the complex.
No bookings required. See the full schedule of events here.
For the Love of the Game (image from organiser's website)
The Minni Festival of Indian Dance
At Queen Street Mall, Queen Street, Brisbane City on Sunday 10 February from 11.00am to 1.00 pm.
From Bollywood to Bhangra, Indian dance and thriving dance scene in Brisbane. See some of the city's best performers and experience the many forms of Indian Dance such as Garba, Kathak and Tapori. the Minnie Festival will feature dance troupes Dance Masala, Tapori Squad, Gujratri Association of Queensland and Infinity Kathak.
You're sure to enjoy the elegant and colourful spectacle. For more details check out the website here.
Minni Festival of Indian Dance (organiser's website)
Inala Food Trail Share
At Inala Plaza Shopping Centre and Inala Civic Centre on the corner of Corsair Avenue and Kittyhawk Drive, Inala on Sunday 10 February from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Although not strictly a free event, the Inala Food Trail is a food discovery experience, showcasing the ingredients and menus of Inala. Entry is free but you will have to pay $2 to $5 per plate to sample the offerings of a big selection of authentic Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and others. There will be FREE cooking demonstrations and other entertainment. Foodie heaven.
Various dates from Saturday 2 February at 8.00 am to 9.00 am; and venues around Brisbane, such as New Farm Park, Woolcock Park and Robinson Park. Check here for schedule times, dates and venues.
Tai Chi is invigorating, works with both your body and your mind and is purported to help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm. I can vouch for that. You can rejuvenate your body and learn to create a tranquil mind. This is a FREE activity and bookings are not necessary. You can join any week and everyone is welcome.
For more information visit Living Chi or phone Rod at Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong on 0400 335 645.
Tai Chi Qigong (image from organiser's website)
9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
At QAGOMA, Stanley Place, South Brisbane from Saturday 2 February from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
The APT9 exhibition is brimming with colour and talent. You can explore a mixture of never-before-seen installations, paintings, sculptures, photographs and video from emerging and established Asia Pacific artists. You'll also discover the stories behind the art with FREE, in-depth 30 to 40 minute tours with knowledgeable guides, of the exhibition's highlights. Highlight tours are at QAG at 11.00 am and GOMA at 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm. This is a free event and bookings are not required.
9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (image from organiser's website)
Histropix #3 by Vanghoua Anthony Vue
Artwork "Histropix # 3" will be projected onto the William Jolly Bridge from 20 to 24 February from 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm each evening.
Vanghoua Anthony Vue is a Brisbane-based artist, currently completing his PhD at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He contextualises his Hmong heritage within his Australian upbringing. Histropix involves the digital manipulation and exaggerated pixilation of the artist's family photographs from Thailand. These have been built up in several layers, with pixels of various sizes and colours blocking and revealing the original photographic image. Histropix #3 reflects obscured stories that have been lost or incorporated into broader narratives. The work also explores the way that new technology assists the recollection of stories.