2018 Brisbane International Arts Festival

*The preparation of this Festival is in progress;

the content of this page will be updated accordingly.


The 2018 Festival includes´╝Ü


09 February - 02 March

  • Lantern Painting Competition for students from local and community language schools.


07 March


09 March


10 March

  • Taipei Puppet Theater, Taiwan and Changhua Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Taiwan at SunPAC, Sunnybank.


14 March

  • Taiwan Week Lantern Painting Exhibition begins at Queensland Taiwan Centre

  • Lantern Painting Competition Award Ceremony


15 March

* All visitors should enter the parliamentary precinct via the Parliamentary Annexe Building, located on Alice Street (opposite William Street) *


17 March


21 March

  • STORIES Multinational Painting Exhibition and Lantern Painting Exhibition end

  • Festival completes




Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above 



Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above is a 2013 documentary film which documents Taiwan completely in aerial photography. It is directed by aerial photographer Chi Po-Lin and produced by Hou Hsiao-hsien, with narration by Wu Nien-jen. The music is composed by Ricky Ho, with three songs written and performed by Nolay Piho (Lin Ching-tai). The film opened on November 1, 2013, at 44 theatres in Taiwan, with Chinese and English subtitles. The film broke the Taiwan box office records for the largest opening weekend and the highest total gross of a locally produced documentary. The film was nominated for Best Documentary and Best Original Film Score at the 50th Golden Horse Awards, winning the best documentary category.


Changhua Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Taiwan



Since the establishment of Changhua Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in 2009, the Orchestra has been promoting classical music learning and performance in Changhua County. Collaborating with elementary and secondary schools throughout the County, a great effort has been devoted to provide resources and opportunities so that students could appreciate classical music as a joy of their lives. The performances raised many children's interests in music and showed a way to nurture children's humanistic temperament. The frequent stage performances demonstrated the student musicians’ learning results, enriched their cultural and arts lives, and foster a high quality music environment. In addition to the regular performances, the Orchestra has been invited to perform at various cultural and art event and has won a good reputation from the wider community. The Orchestra not only created many performance opportunities for music students and better learning and performing environment, but also promoted the integration of music and life, realizing the goal of deepening the influence of arts and culture in life.


Taipei Puppet Theater, Taiwan


Taipei Puppet Theater was founded in 2010 under the well-respected Taiwan puppet master Tien-Lu LEE’s enlightenment. The theater performers are long serving professionals with over 15 years’ experience in average. Masters Shi-Huang CHEN and Tran-Tsan LEE are the two major instructors of the Theater. The missions of the Theater are to preserve the traditional performing techniques, to maintain the standards of traditional puppet art, to create innovated presentation of the art form, and to promote Taiwanese puppet art globally. These performers determined their career purpose to continue the life of traditional puppet art; they are the vibrant new generation of puppet theatre in Taiwan. Taipei Puppet Theater inherits the traditional art, and further innovates the delicate performance methods with every efforts for the multiplicity in Taiwanese puppet art. Their performances have successfully attracted more audience to come into the theater and enjoy the art.

Dance Kaleidoscope


Dance Kaleidoscope dance mostly English folk dances, also called Playford or English country dances.We dance because we enjoy it and those who perform do so as it gives a good reason for improving style and dressing up.


Kaleidoscope represents the changing patterns of the dancers as they dance, as well as the variety of dance styles performed by the group.



Let's Bollywood



Let’s Bollywood Dance School started with a passion to bring the fun and excitement of Bollywood dancing to Brisbane. We get the kids and adults of Brisbane to enjoy the movement of their bodies to the upbeat Bollywood music. We fuse together classical and folk Indian dance styles with contemporary Bollywood movements to create a fun and thrilling environment. Our classes are focused on making you happier, smarter and a whole lot healthier!


SAKURA Dance Group



The Sakura Dance Group is a non-profit organisation based on the Gold Coast, Australia. Our aim is to spread the awareness of Japanese culture and history through traditional Japanese dance. We hope to bring entertainment and happiness to our audiences.

Teacher, choreographer, art director and leader Junko Thomson has fused together a variety of traditional styles to create a unique and yet authentic Japanese cultural experience.

The Sakura Dance Group performs regularly at cultural events, schools, churches, aged-care centres and charity functions.


Bolivia Marka Dance Group



The Bolivia Marka dancers are a group of fun-loving passionate people who have diverse cultural backgrounds, including Bolivia, Peru and Australia brought together by their shared passion of Bolivian music and dance.

The folkloric music and dances of Bolivia originate from a variety of regions throughout the country and each dance represents a unique cultural story.

Formed in 1999, the Bolivia Marka dance group has a long and colourful history and has performed at countless cultural events around Australia.



Event Schedule


Friday 2 Fri

  • Lantern Painting Competition open for invited schools

Friday 9 Fri

  • Lanterns delivered to Calamvale Community College and Queensland Taiwan Centre

Friday 2 March

  • Lantern submission due date

Wednesday 7 March

  • STORIES exhibition at Queensland Parliament House begins

Friday 9 March

  • Cultural Workshops at Calamvale Community College

Friday 9 March

  • Cultural Workshops at Calamvale Community College

  • 2018 BIAF Grand Opening Ceremony (6:00 pm)

  • Multicultural performance at SunPAC, Sunnybank

Saturday 10 March

  • Taipei Puppet Theater and Changhua Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra at SunPAC, Sunnybank


Wednesday 14 March

  • Taiwan Week Lantern Exhibition at Queensland Taiwan Centre begins

  • Lantern Painting Competition Award Ceremony (6:30 pm)

Thursday 15 March

  • STORIES painting exhibition official reception (morning tea) at Queensland Parliament House

Saturday 17 March

  • Environmental documentary movie "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above"

Wednesday 21 March: 

  • STORIES and Lantern Painting exhibitions end, Festival completed.