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The Best Lunar New Year Events in Brisbane

Thursday January 27, 2022 ● By Emily Russ // Place Estate Agents

Lunar New Year, Brisbane

Cherished for its exciting festivities and scrumptious food, Lunar New Year (February 1) will see a myriad of extraordinary events take place across Brisbane. 


Marking the beginning of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar, this much-loved celebration synonymous with Chinese and south-east Asia cultures brings us together to welcome positive energy for the year ahead. Ready to kick off the Year of the Tiger? Add these amazing experiences to your calendar! 


Spoil yourselves with an indulgent banquet 

Easily one of the most popular and lavish ways to celebrate the occasion, treating yourselves to a mouth-watering Chinese banquet is a truly unforgettable experience. Renowned for its authentic Cantonese fare and sophisticated setting, Howard Smith Wharve’s Stanley is going all-out this year with a delicious set menu and thrilling lion dance performances by the river (January 29 and February 1). 

Also known for its high-end cuisine, Donna Chang in the CBD’s heart is offering a decadent banquet menu (February 1 to 6). Why not go all-out with their wine-paired menu? Or, hop across the river to South Bank and enjoy Lunar New Year-inspired cocktails and two hours of unlimited dim sum at The Emporium’s Terrace (February 1). 


Embrace tradition in Fortitude Valley  

Always a highlight this time of year, Fortitude Valley’s Lunar New Year festivities (February 5) in Brunswick Street Mall will feature everything from Filipino dance to Japanese drumming and Korean instrumental performances. 

Just a leisurely stroll away, Chinatown will come alive with dazzling firecracker displays and lion dance performances. There are also a slew of incredible Chinese restaurants in the precinct, inviting you to top off the night and make it one to really remember.  


Let your hair down at the BrisAsia Festival Launch Party  

Also taking place in the vibrant Fortitude Valley, this year’s BrisAsia Festival is commencing with a fabulous launch party at Fortitude Music Hall (February 5). 

Celebrating the start of the three-week festival, this spectacular event will showcase the talents of accomplished Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal and Sitar virtuosi, Sudha Manian. You can also expect energy-packed KPOP, DJ and breakdancing performances. 


Experience cultured at GOMA  

Prefer to keep things a little more relaxed? Running until April 25 at South Bank’s Gallery of Modern Art, the remarkable ‘10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ is not to be missed! 

This phenomenal exhibition celebrates the works of more than 150 artists from 30 countries, including China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. The young at heart will love the craft activities on offer as part of GOMA’s accompanying ‘APT10 Kids’ exhibition, while those seeking an elevated experience should book themselves an after-house viewing with a drink on arrival.  


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