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A Hot Shanghai Night or To Bollywood With Love?
Brisbane City Council's popular Friday Night Laneways are back and in the month of February they have a decidedly Eastern cultural flavour, thanks to BrisAsia Festival. Do you want the mystery of Old Shanghai or the cultural explosion of Bollywood? Thankfully, you don't have to choose.
Have you ever wondered what is was really like in the Shanghai of the 1940s? If the opening sequence of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has any basis in fact? Well, there won't be rows of Hollywood dancing girls but you will be transported to the Paris of The East, as Shanghai was known in the early twentieth century. Burnett Lane will become Old Shanghai for one evening only for the BrisAsia Festival. And with that comes all the associated mystery, glamour, sights and sounds. Enjoy traditional fan dances and the fusion of Chinese and jazz music that was characteristic of the time.
Where: Burnett Lane, Brisbane When: Friday 7th February from 5pm to 9pm Cost: FREE
You know you love it - the riot of colour, music and culture that is Bollywood. Well, Bollywood is coming to Brisbane as part of the BrisAsia Festival with one extra special Friday Night Laneways event. It's so huge that it can't be contained in a laneway and will spill over into the street instead - Albert Street, to be exact. This has been described as an "immersive theatre and film event" and a "love song to Bollywood", and you get to take it all in as either a spectator or a participant.
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When: Friday 28th February, from 5pm to 9pm Where: Albert Street, Brisbane (between Mary and Charlotte Streets) Cost: FREE
Friday Night Laneways are presented by Brisbane City Council to bring the sometimes hidden spaces of Brisbane to life for the community. Laneways and small streets such as Burnett Lane, Little Roma Street, Market Street and Jacob's Ladder have been revived by the council and are now hubs for shopping, dining and art. Friday Night Laneways are usually held on the first Friday of the month, with themes reflecting what's going on around town. You can find out more information on the Brisbane City Council website.