From dumpling making to lion dancers, a rooftop dance party, and a weekend food festival, city-wide celebrations will take over Brisbane in February for the ninth annual BrisAsia Festival.

The festival, held throughout the month of February, will be one of the first major events to bring back vibrant art, music, and markets to Brisbane in 2021.

“Without a doubt, Brisbane residents have been missing the festival atmosphere and there’s no better way to ring in the Chinese New Year than with the much-loved BrisAsia festival,” Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said.

BrisAsia will bring more than 30 diverse events, featuring dozens of local singers, dancer, and artists, across 20 Brisbane suburbs, including the popular Lunar New Year lion dance in Chinatown Mall; the BrisAsia Bazaar night market; live music, dance, and theatre performances at SunPAC and Seven Hills; and Holi – the Festival of Colours – following a year of major event cancellations.

“A new look Food Festival will also deliver a weekend of culinary delights and classes, with ten much loved Asian restaurants and their expert chefs in the spotlight.”

The 2021 Chinese year of the Ox is symbolic, representative of the hard-work following a difficult start to 2021 due to coronavirus challenges.

BrisAsia Festival 2021 will return to delivering a full program after a large portion of the 2020 BrisAsia Festival program was cancelled in the early stages of last year’s coronavirus outbreak.

“Our community has put in so much-hard work to help keep coronavirus at bay which has helped ensure we can still come together, support our local community and celebrate our city’s rich diversity of cultures,” Cr Schrinner said.

The festival will operate in-line with Queensland Health’s safety guidelines, with enhanced safety measures and cleaning in place across all venues and QR codes to be used to assist with contact tracing. Tickets are strictly limited, so residents are encouraged to get in early and secure a spot!

For the full BrisAsia Festival program and other events, visit the official BrisAsia Festival website.