Monkey Business: How Brisbane Will Be Celebrating the 2016 Chinese New Year
Moira Kennedy | On 01, Feb 2016
To mark the beginning of The Year of the Monkey, Brisbane streets will be graced with a week long colourful celebration. Music, performances, food, live fireshows and much, much more across venues all around the city have been lined up for an oriental extravaganza. Â It’s time for round two as Brisbane prepares to bring in the Chinese New Year this February. Â
Officially beginning on February 7, you’ll find entertainment all through the city from the 5th as BrisAsiaÂ starts the festivitiesÂ with eclectic DJ and light show Neon Pop, a fusion of Asian pop and cosplay.Â Keep an eye out for traditional performing artsÂ like China doll stilt walkers, lionÂ dancing, firecrackers, and music from theÂ Chung Tian Chorus Group. Â For more event details, go to the BrisAsia website.
On the 13th and 14th, the colours and music will be emanating from theÂ FortitudeÂ Valley Chinatown Mall as it hosts talk of the town shows across multiple stages. Â Many restaurants are annually involved and with each venue offering its own unique festival theme, performances and food, there will be no wanting for diversion. Â Entertainment includes market stalls, illusionist shows, Vietnamese and Taiwanese dancing, fruit carving and much more. Â For more information, head to the website.
After you’ve experienced the Asian art outside the walls, if you haven’t had the chance, the New Year celebrations coincide with APT8‘s tenure at GOMA (ends 10 April). Â In its eighth year running, The Asia Pacific Triennial is a free exhibition and is the chance to explore and marvel at the artistry from more than 80 creatives spanning our section of the globe.
Late February sees theÂ Shen YunÂ performing arts company glideÂ into town for another year. End your New Year celebrations by witnessing the acclaimed talent of the Chinese dancers. Gaining a reputation that equates them to the Cirque Du Soleil of the dance world, Shen Yun set about bringing the 5000 year oldÂ wondrous ancient Chinese culture to our city, in a fantasy of colour and excitement.
Keep an eye out for the William Jolly Bridge as it lights up from this February 5th with the work ofÂ Brisbaneâ€™s celebrated artist Pamela Mei-Leng See. Â The artwork featured will be a version of her 2007 piece Falling. See as the bridge glows with Pamelaâ€™s contemporary paper cutting as an eye-catching light projection on Brisbaneâ€™s iconic bridge.
Happy New Year!