Brisbane bolsters Lunar New Year celebrations

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today launched the inaugural Lunar New Year in the City celebrations, performing a traditional dotting of the lion’s eyes to mark the occasion.

The Queen Street Mall will be transformed for three days from Friday, 16 February to Sunday, 18 February as the city rolls out celebrations to mark the Year of the Dog.

The new event features a food market from 11am daily and free entertainment in the shopping hub including lion dancers, dragons, bamboo pole performers, a Chinese orchestra and Kung Fu display.

Cr Quirk said the event was designed to celebrate the Asian culture and strengthen the city’s ties with the region.

“Holding Lunar New Year celebrations in the heart of the city highlights Brisbane’s recognition of this important tradition throughout the Asia Pacific,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane has welcomed record numbers of visitors from Asia, with China being our number one visitor market.

“A growing Asian middle class is travelling more and looking for destinations that provide exciting leisure, shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. The Lunar New Year celebrations will add to the city’s already world-class offering.”

Brisbane has steadily gained acclaim in Asia as a place to shop, dine, trade, study, visit and live, with an inclusive focus on multilingual services and facilities, Asian-fusion dining and luxury brand shopping.

Brisbane is also host to high-profile events including the annual BrisAsia Festival, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.

Free entertainment runs from Friday, 16 February to Sunday, 18 February in the Queen Street Mall.

  • Friday, 16 February Main stage midday, 1pm, 2pm Chinese music
  • Friday, 16 February The Regent 12.30pm Lion dance (bamboo)
  • Friday, 16 February Main stage 5pm, 6pm Kung Fu display and Lion dance
  • Friday, 16 February Wintergarden 5pm, 6pm, 7pm Chinese music solo
  • Friday, 16 February Wintergarden 5.30pm, 6.30pm Lion dance
  • Saturday, 17 February The Regent 10am Ice sculpture (Year of the Dog)
  • Saturday, 17 February Wintergarden 11.30am Lions on poles
  • Saturday, 17 February Main stage midday, 1pm, 2pm Chinese orchestra
  • Saturday, 17 February Wintergarden 5pm, 6pm, 7pm Chinese music solo
  • Sunday, 18 February Queen Street Mall 11.30am Dragon dance
  • Sunday, 18 February Main stage midday, 1pm, 2pm Chinese music
  • Sunday, 18 February Wintergarden 12.30pm, 1.30pm Lion dance