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BNE January/February 2017 |

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While the western New Year has already begun,

communities around the world will celebrate

the start of Chinese New Year and welcome

the Year of the Rooster with gifts, fireworks and

feasts from 28 January.

In Brisbane that will include a colourful,

and loud, array of entertainment including

lion dancers, fire shows, music and live

performances, market stalls, roving street

performers and a special Chinese New Year

Parade that will begin on Saturday 28 January

(5pm-10pm) and continue on Sunday 29 January

(12pm-5pm). The Chinese New Year events in

Chinatown Mall are free.

Chinese New Year

also marks the start of

the BrisAsia Festival

which launches in

Brunswick Street Mall

on 27 January and

continues with a mix of

cultural events around

the city until 19 February.

See

www.visitbrisbane.com.au For more information call the Planetarium on (07) 3403 2578 or visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/planetarium Enjoy a show in the Cosmic Skydome and take a tour of the night sky with an astronomer. Discover the secrets of the universe at

Happy New

Year, again

Emily Devers and Rick Hayward have had a

big year. As their alter ego Frank and Mimi

‘visual identifiers’ they have travelled from their

Brisbane base to Toowoomba, New Zealand,

Hawaii, Sydney, Wollongong and the Gold

Coast (often) to leave their mark and their

message on sea walls, laneways (as in Arch

Lane, Brisbane

above

), building sites, inside

cafés and behind bars. In February we will be

able to see them, and many other artists, at

work during the second annual Brisbane Street

Art Festival at more than 25 locations across

the city from Brisbane Powerhouse in New

Farm to Fish Lane in South Brisbane.

Frank and Mimi’s work will go up on a wall

outside Wandering Cooks in Fish Lane and,

more than simply a work of art, the wall mural

will aim to stimulate our minds with visual

cues that explore the role of sustainable food

production. Social awareness is a common

thread throughout their work. “We like to focus

on something affecting the local community,”

Devers says, which is why they have been

in demand at festivals such as First Coat in

Toowoomba, where their work was inspired by

the sacredness of land in the region, and at Sea

Walls in Napier, New Zealand, which put the

spotlight on ocean conservation.

The Brisbane Street Art Festival will be a

mix of mural art, light shows, performance and

workshops. For example, Brisbane Powerhouse

will feature light projections of work by different

artists every night. The first event last year,

initiated by artists Lincoln Savage and David

Don, was so successful it has attracted major

sponsors this year including Telstra, Brisbane

City Council, art supplies company Ironlak,

QUT and Brisbane Powerhouse to help make

it bigger and bolder than ever and, according to

Savage, to ensure it will be back again in 2018.

Brisbane Street Art Festival is on 11-26

February, various locations. For the program

see

www.bsafest.com.au

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