Brisbane’s big celebration of Asian culture, BrisAsia, is back in 2024 and ready to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with music, dance and a dumpling festival across the suburbs.

As the dragon is a creature that typically embodies the qualities of power, nobleness, leadership, luck, and success, BrisAsia represents a great way to kick start your year by grabbing a bunch of mates and hitting the one or more of the events on offer over the festival.

Over three weeks, audiences can experience the transformative power of live performance, learn, and grow through immersive experiences and travel the length and breadth of Asia across the incredibly packed festival program that has something for everyone.

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Get ready for the Year of the Dragon!

Running from Thursday 1 February to Sunday 18 February, the festival will see more than 20 events across 11 suburbs bring the best of Asian culture to Brisbane.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the festival provides an opportunity to embrace the many cultures that makes Brisbane an exciting place to live. “Brisbane is an inclusive city where more than a third of our residents have been born overseas and that’s something to celebrate,” he says.

BrisAsia is a fantastic way to do that and this year will see the return of fan favourite events and introduce some new experiences for people of all ages to enjoy.

“The city and the suburbs will come to life with Southside by NightLaneway ParTEABrisAsia DanceBrisAsia Pop Weekend and BrisAsia ParTEA returning once more.

BrisAsia has loads of events to celebrate cultural connection.

“A new street festival will fill Fish Lane with authentic cultural elements, as LUSH transforms West End into a must-visit destination complete with street art, live music and delicious culinary delights.

“Foodies are invited to secure their spot at Southside Restaurant Fish Lane for an all-new Dumpling Festival, where they can dine on authentic dumplings and dim sum crafted by renowned sous-chef Benny Lam.

“The 2023 event saw more than 24,000 people get involved in the cultural celebrations, and with another fantastic line up of free and affordable events, we hope to build on that great success.”

Executive Producer of BrisAsia Festival, Dr Anthony Garcia, described this year’s program as a fantastic celebration of culture, community, arts and cuisine that honours and engages our Asian cultural heritage through learning and fun activities.

Indulge in the ancient art of chado—the way of tea.

“It’s such a privilege to curate one of the most innovative and diverse festivals in Australia with an exciting program of events that brings elements of traditional and contemporary Asian culture together in an inspirational way,” Anthony says.

“The festival is brought to life by more than 500 artists, producers and creatives whose work allows us to celebrate life and art in a way that brings people from all walks of life together, offering artists opportunities to experiment, collaborate and evolve their practice whilst giving audiences the chance to experience world-class entertainment.

“As one of the highlights of Brisbane’s cultural calendar, I encourage everyone to experience what the festival has to offer. Please plan your visit in advance as some events require bookings so secure your tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out.”

BrisAsia Festival, 1-18 February, 2024. See the full program of events here.

Elizabeth Best

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