A month of fun with the BrisAsia Festival
BRISBANE celebrates everything Asian in February with art, music, markets and more in the Brisbane City Council's BrisAsia Festival 2020 program.
Taking place across the city and suburbs, the 90 events highlight modern and traditional Asian culture, and most are free.
Here's the top five to help get your BrisAsia planning started.
For a culinary experience like no other, head to new BrisAsia Festival event Valley of Spices in Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley, on February 9 from 4-9 pm. Try exotic spices and foods, and learn how to give your meals that extra "spice'' at one of the food demonstrations.
If that doesn't give you your foodie fill, head to the BrisAsia Bazaar at Aspley Central on February 15 from 4-9pm to experience the sights, smells and tastes of a bustling, vibrant Asian night market.
Spark interesting conversation:
Explore fresh ideas around Brisbane's evolving identity and culture at the free BrisAsia Talks Community Symposium. To be held at La Boite Theatre on February 14 from 12pm-5.30pm, the talks will include debates and live performances on topics like tradition, spirituality, Asian culture in Australia, refugees, e-sports and the future of festivals. Bookings are needed.
Try oriental calm
Find an inner calm and experience with the Japanese custom of Shinrin-yoku, which translates to "forest bathing''. With a guided forest therapy walk through Boondall Wetlands on February 16 and Karawatha Forest Park on February 23, you can deepen your awareness and connection to nature.
Head to Rocks Riverside Park to enjoy Brisbane Holi - Festival of Colours on Saturday, February 29, where you can enjoy an afternoon of dancing, food stalls and live performances.
Get in the groove:
What's a festival without great music? Listen to the newest and coolest Asian-Australian artists who are transforming the Brisbane music scene at BrisAsia Sound on February 29 from 4-9pm. Headlining the event is Fingerfunk, an R&B/hip-hop quartet all the way from Singapore.
Enjoy it all free:
Not only are the events free for seniors, the travel can be too. Leave the car at home and use free off-peak travel for seniors on weekdays between 8.30am and 3.30pm and 7pm to 6am, and all day and all night on weekends. To find out more about BrisAsia, visit brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on-and-event.