As a symbol of strength, braveness and exorcising evils, the Year of the Tiger may be just what we need to get on top of 2022.

Astrologically, 2022 is a Water Tiger year and those born under this sign have earned their tiger stripes with the confidence and determination to overcome challenges and achieve their desires.

The Lunar New Year will be celebrated around the world on Tuesday 1 February 2022 and in honour, Fortitude Valley will transform to herald the Year of the Tiger (Tigers are those born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 and 2022). 

Lunar New Year will be celebrated Brunswick Street Mall and surrounding precinct from 6 – 9pm on Saturday 5 February 2022 with traditional lion and dragon dances alongside roving street performers, Japanese drumming, Filipino dance and a sketch performance from troublesome twins Ling and Ping.  

Make a night of it and book a table at one of the Valley’s top Asian restaurants where you can enjoy all the Lunar New Year festivities while indulging in some of the best Asian cuisines this side of the Great Wall.

This year, Lunar New Year in the Valley coincides with the official BrisAsia Festival Launch party taking place from 6pm at Fortitude Music Hall.  BrisAsia Festival is an annual celebration of contemporary and traditional Asian arts, culture and food, running from 1 - 20 February 2022 across the city.  

Getting the launch party started are renowned Tibetan  musician Tenzin Choegyal, sitar virtuosi Sudha Manian, DJ LALKA, KPOP and Brisbane Indigenous dance company BlakDance.  The party will then roll into the night with the OPM Festival at Fortitude Music Hall from 9pm, celebrating the fabrics, colours and emotions of Asian cultures. OPM Festival features live dancing, performances and big productions celebrating centuries of tradition through a modern lens.

Some of the other key events as part of the  BrisAsia Festival 2022 program are BrisAsia Fashion and the BrisAsia Beats series.   BrisAsia Fashion kicks off with a forum at the Outpost on 25 March from 2pm - 4pm.  This panel discussion will be presented by fashion  director Liz Golding and include  a stellar line-up of Asian and Indigenous designers, culminating in a fashion parade from 5pm.

The BrisAsia Beats series will present live music from a selection of local artists at QUIVR in Winn Lane (12pm-6pm) on 6 February along with Shugorei and DJ LALKA at The Zoo (6pm-8.30pm) on 20 February.

Lunar New Year in the Valley and the BrisAsia Festival showcase the colour, vibrancy and experiences of the Asian diaspora that calls Brisbane home. 

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- January 2022