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Coming up - lots of events for February 2018. See below the quick list for further information and go to pages 1, 3, 4 and 5 for more events. 

  • The BRISASIA FESTIVAL showcases traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events. It’s now in its sixth year and will stage more than 80 events across the city over three weeks from Saturday, 10 February to Sunday, 4 March 2018.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend a FREE OPEN DAY with traditional lion dancers, KUNG FU and TAI CHI DEMONSTRATIONS and FREE-TO-JOIN-IN CLASSES, plus the launch of Philosophy of a Fighter: A Life of Learning by Grandmaster HENRY SUE. Kung Fu Fighting is at the Chinese Kung Fu Academy, 963 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane, on Sunday, 11 February 2018 from 9.00 a.m.  
  • Dread public speaking? Help is at hand! The first BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BREAKFAST for 2018 features award-winning author, international presenter and performance coach RUTH BONETTI who will give you some handy techniques to stop you from freaking out. Breakfast is on in the Moreton Room, Ground Floor, United Services Club Queensland, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at 7.00 a.m. for 7.15 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9.00 a.m. 
  • Discover LI CUNXIN’s incredible journey from childhood poverty in China to becoming a world-famous dancer. The Museum of Brisbane’s exclusive exhibition MAO'S LAST DANCER THE EXHIBITION: A PORTRAIT OF LI CUNXIN, is an intimate portrait of a contemporary Australian icon and Brisbane identity who continues to have an extraordinary impact on the lives of many people. The exhibition and associated events are ON NOW and run until Sunday, 29 April 2018.

 

The Event: BRISASIA 2018 – A CELEBRATION OF OUR DIVERSITY

Date and time: Saturday, 10 February 2018 to Sunday, 4 March 2018. See below for dates and times for some specific events.

Venue: 80 events across the city at various venues – see below. 

Ticket price: Some events are FREE to attend and some are ticketed. See below, and go to https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/brisasia-festival-2018 to find out what’s on, where, and how much it costs. Some events require bookings.

What’s happening: The BRISASIA FESTIVAL showcases traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events. It’s now in its sixth year and will stage more than 80 events across the city over three weeks from 10 February to 4 March 2018. Click here https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/brisasia-festival-2018 to check out what’s happening.

The program will feature some of the finest dance, theatre, music, food, film, talks and visual arts, providing residents and visitors with a wonderful opportunity to discover and celebrate Asian cultures in Brisbane. Enjoy Chinese Lunar New Year, Kisaragi-Sai, food discovery tours and more. See the full BrisAsia 2017 schedule. ABC Radio Brisbane is the official media partner for BrisAsia Festival 2018 and will keep you informed of what’s going on, so tune in for the latest. Here are some of the events you can look forward to:

  • VIETNAMESE LUNAR NEW YEAR on Friday, 9 February at 4.00 p.m. – head for the Inala Civic Centre carpark at 156 Inala Avenue, Inala to celebrate with traditional foods, including Bánh Chưng (sticky rice cake), Hạt Dưa (roasted watermelon seeds).
  • BRISASIA ANIME: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (PG) on Friday, 9 February 2018 from 5.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at the Brisbane Square Library. Based on Fumiyo Kono’s manga series, this beautiful, 2016 award-winning anime film is set in Hiroshima during World War II, and follows Suzu and her family’s journey in the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima. The film runs for 130 minutes and It’s in Japanese with English subtitles. Both the Brisbane Square Library and Garden City Library will be showing the BrisAsia Anime films Tea Pets (PG) and A Silent Voice (M). Ask them about dates and times or pick up a ‘What’s On’ from your local library.
  • LUNAR NEW YEAR IN THE CITY – BRISBANE. The Queen Street Mall in the Brisbane CBD will come alive on Friday, 16 February from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., Saturday, 17 February from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., and Sunday, 18 February 2018 from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. There will be an ice sculpture (good luck with that in the current heat wave), traditional music, lion and dragon dancers, Kung fu performances, and lots of munchies with a variety of Asian pop-up food stalls. All festivities are FREE and no bookings are required.
  • CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR IN THE VALLEY – BRISBANE. Head for the Chinatown Mall, Duncan St, Fortitude Valley from 4.00 p.m. on Saturday, 17 February 2018 to celebrate the most important day in the Chinese and Asian calendar. Chinese Lunar New Year offers residents and visitors the chance to discover more about the many Asian cultures in Brisbane and enjoy the cultural diversity of Fortitude Valley. Get involved in the festivities with lion dancers, fire shows, traditional music, cultural performances, interactive workshops and roving street performers to welcome THE YEAR OF THE DOG – no bookings required. Go to https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/event/chinese-lunar-new-year to check out what’s on and when.
  • SUPERCELL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE. Supercell presents a curated program aimed at developing and connecting choreographers, dancers and audiences.
  • KARATE AND SELF DEFENCE FOR ALL at OrielPark, Ascot. Bookings essential. Learn the discipline of self-defence including confidence, goal setting and personal fitness.
  • PROBLEM-WISDOM: THAI ART IN THE 1990S at the QueenslandArtGallery (QAG), Stanley Place, SouthBrisbane. This exhibition encompasses a range of artistic approaches exploring social, political, spiritual and meditative principles.
  • DUMPLING DAY head along to Dumpling Day at the Wandering Cooks on Saturday, 17 February 2018 for your chance to try, buy and create delicious dumplings from Tibet to Palestine to Chinese Jiaozi.
  • 2018 LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE DOOMBEN RACECOURSE. Head to Doomben Racecourse on Saturday, 17 February 2018 for the inaugural LUNAR NEW YEAR RACE DAY. With live racing on the track all day and a range of traditional festivities and entertainment to enjoy, this is an event track enthusiasts won’t want to miss. Each racegoer will receive a red envelope on arrival with a special gift inside. Don’t miss the spectacular Dancing Lions demonstrating their strength, agility and rhythm.  Go to the website at http://brc.com.au/lunarnewyear/index.html for more information, including Getting Here, Dress Code and the Form Guide.
  • KISARAGI SAI FESTIVAL Embrace Japanese culture and journey to Japan at this summer-evening festival. Kicking off from 5.00 p.m. on Saturday, 24 February 2018, the festival will give you the chance to experience many facets of Japanese culture including music, dance, martial arts, Bonsai, Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement), market stalls and much more! Check out the full program here.

 

The Event: CHINESE KUNG FU ACADEMY – FREE OPEN DAY AND BOOK LAUNCH

Date and time: Sunday, 11 February 2018 at 9.00 a.m.

Venue: Chinese Kung Fu Academy, 963 Stanley Street East, East Brisbane.  

Ticket price: FREE to attend and all are welcome. Go to the website at http://www.ckfa.com.au for more information or phone (07) 3393 2588.

What’s happening: Everyone is welcome to attend the FREE OPEN DAY at the Chinese Kung Fu Academy in East Brisbane. There will be traditional lion dances, KUNG FU and TAI CHI DEMONSTRATIONS at 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. and some free-to-join-in classes. The open day will also see the launch of Philosophy of a Fighter: A Life of Learning, a book by Grandmaster HENRY SUE.

Kung Fu and Tai Chi help to develop your physical and mental strength. Training in martial arts promotes confidence and discipline to overcome the challenges in your life. The women’s self-defence course at the academy teaches the use of Tai Chi fighting principles for effective self defence.

 

The Event: SPEAK OUT WITH A CONFIDENT VOICE – BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BREAKFAST WITH RUTH BONETTI

Date and time: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 at 7.00 a.m. for 7.15 a.m. Breakfast ends at 9.00 a.m. 

Venue: Moreton Room, Ground Floor, United Services Club Queensland, 183 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane (Parking).

Ticket price: Bookings are essential. Go to Brisbane International Womens Breakfast for more.

What’s happening: Dread public speaking? Help is at hand! The first BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS BREAKFAST for 2018 features award-winning author, international presenter and performance coach, RUTH BONETTI. Words and music are her passion, and in this interactive presentation, Ruth will share some handy techniques to help you become confident on your feet, learn easy tips to enhance your natural voice, project with ease, clarity and poise, as well as a pre-presentation warm-up for resonance, modulation and confidence. 

Ruth has presented in Scandinavia, the USA, UK and across Australia and New Zealand. Her techniques for confident presentation are encapsulated in her book Speak Out – Don’t Freak Out. Ruth’s recent heritage memoir Burn My Letters was shortlisted and won the Omega Writers CALEB non-fiction prize. Apart from speaking, writing and playing her instrument, Ruth also provides one-on-one coaching and training – visit her website at www.ruthbonetti.com for more.

 

The Event: MAO'S LAST DANCER THE EXHIBITION: A PORTRAIT OF LI CUNXIN – AT THE MUSEUM OF BRISBANE

Date and time: ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 29 April 2018.

Venue:Museum of Brisbane, Level 3, BrisbaneCity Hall, King George Square, Adelaide and Ann Streets, BrisbaneCity.

Ticket price: Adults $12, Concession $9, Family $30 (children under 5 free). Season passes from $15. Curated tours and group bookings upon request. For more information visit Museum of Brisbane.

What’s happening: This summer's most anticipated Brisbane exhibition is here! MAO'S LAST DANCER THE EXHIBITION: A PORTRAIT OF LI CUNXIN is on now at the Museum of Brisbane. The inspiring story of Li Cunxin has been translated into a best-selling memoir and award-winning film and this world-first exhibition is an opportunity for audiences to discover both Li’s moving story and his remarkable artistic achievements.

The exhibition also brings audiences up to date with Li’s life in Brisbane today and the extraordinary impact he continues to have on the lives of so many both within and outside the dance community. The exhibition features never-before-seen interviews with Li’s family and colleagues from the ballet world, original objects and documents from Li’s personal archives, and footage of Li at the height of his career.

For a behind-the-scenes insight, head to MoB’s Feed where exhibition curator Madeleine Johns shares her personal experience working on this exhibition, at http://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au/blog/a-curators-insight-into-maos-last-dancer-the-exhibition .

You might like to participate in these ASSOCIATED EVENTS:

  • The Kite Wishes Project – on now until 29 April 2018, daily. Become part of Li’s story at the Museum by creating your own kite and adding a wish. Then on Saturday, 24 February 2018 send your wishes flying high as part of a kite procession from King George Square to BrisAsia’s Kisaragi-Sai Festival at the Roma Street Parklands.
  • MoB Makers: Drawing the Body – on 16 March, and 13 April 2018 from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Presented in partnership with Ausdance Queensland, this life drawing series with a twist sees dancers of all disciplines pose and share their practice, as participants use the models and their stories as inspiration for sketching.
  • Li Cunxin with Trent Dalton: Five Things That Have Moved Me – on 20 April from 6.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Come along for a riveting and poignant evening of conversation as The Australian’s award-winning feature writer Trent Dalton delves into the emotional life of Li Cunxin to find out a little more about the man we thought we knew everything about.

 

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WATCHWORDS HOME

She woke up with a start and her husband, half asleep, asked her what was wrong. ‘I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for Valentine’s Day,’ she said. ‘What do you think that means?’ ‘You’ll find out tonight,’ he said. And sure enough, that evening he presented his excited wife with a small package. Agog with anticipation, she opened the present – and found a book entitled ‘The Meaning of Dreams’. (Photo courtesy of CGVector)