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K-Pop, comedy and fast cars: BrisAsia Festival bounces back

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From K-Pop concerts to hotted up cars, tea tasting and E-sports workshops, Brisbane is set to be the stage for a celebration of Asian culture next month with the return of the BrisAsia festival to the city’s streets.

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The Brisbane City Council is hoping the festival, which runs for the first three weeks in February, will signal the city’s return to the days of live performances, markets and art exhibitions that have been severely cut back for the past two years due to the Covid pandemic.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the festival would include 50 events runs across 10 suburbs.

“The much-loved BrisAsia Festival has an incredible array of events on offer, and we are really proud that we can offer such an extensive program for residents to enjoy,” Cr Schrinner said.

“At a time when international travel may not be on the radar for most people, it’s a delight to be able to bring a taste of Asia to Brisbane and celebrate the rich diversity of our community.

Highlights will include the traditional Lunar New Yer celebrations on February 5, a car meet where owners show off their luxury Euro vehicle and Japanese Domestic Market, or JDM, cars like those in the Fast and Furious franchise.

On Valentines Day eve, February 13, there will be a performance of Asian love songs at the Mt Coot-than Botanic Gardens amphitheatre.

For K-Pop and J-Pop fans, there will be a concert of the best local acts at the Southbank Piazza on 18 February, followed by a summer party of Asia pop culture the following evening.

Many events require bookings and ticketing. The full BrisAsia Festival program here.

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