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BrisAsia Festival 2024

Feast your way through a dumpling festival in Fish Lane, then get sipping at a Chinatown tea party at Brisbane's citywide celebration of Asian culture.
By Sarah Ward
November 15, 2023
By Sarah Ward
November 15, 2023

Timed around Lunar New Year, the annual BrisAsia Festival turns the city into a three-week-long party, celebrating the city's ties with Asia and the many cultures that have originated from the continent. Every year, the event serves up buffet of things to eat, sip, see and do around the River City — and if you like dumplings and tea, plus dragon dances and Asian pop, get excited about 2024's lineup.

Mark Thursday, February 1–Sunday, February 18 in your diary, then make plans to hit up 20-plus events in 14 suburbs around the city, including returning favourites and new festivities alike. Fish Lane will be the site of two huge additions to the event, hosting Asian street festival Lush to help kick off BrisAsia 2024, then also becoming the home of the Southside Dumpling Festival.

The first is free to attend, and will showcase everything from Asian cuisine to street art. The second pushes restaurant Southside to the fore, with Sous Chef Benny Lam taking attendees on a tour of delicious dumplings and dim sums. Pop-up kitchens will also be part of the fest, which is slinging tickets for $22, as will live performances.

Elsewhere, the city's tea festival is back again, with BrisAsia ParTEA moving to Chinatown with its sips. On offer: tastings of hot and cold cuppas, bubble teas as well, craft workshops and tunes. And, the Southside by Night event that combines street food with a car meet (yes, think Fast and Furious vibes) is also returning, taking place in Willawong. BrisAsia's big summer party keeps its spot on the lineup, too, this time popping up at the Thomas Dixon Centre in West End.

You can also start looking forward to Awakening, a live concert at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. Indigenous artist and musician Glenn Barry will be joined by sound healer and Crystal Armonica artist Chiho Kagawa, plus Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal — and the imagery displaying on the Mt Coot-tha venue's Cosmic Skydome.

BrisAsia Dance will see street dance events take over Vent Space in South Brisbane and the Queen Street Mall's main stage, while an interactive workshop series for kids will spread the fun to BrisAsia attendees of all ages.

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