BrisAsia Festival 2017 | Live @ the Pod

Engage Arts presented Live @ the Pod, a program of community focused events and temporary art activations for Brisbane City Council’s annual BrisAsia Festival. The program was held at The Pod in Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley from 27 January to 19 February 2017.


Anna Yen during her Grandma performance

Engage Arts worked closely with artists across diverse artforms to offer a program of workshops, artworks and performances that invited the public to interact with artists and performers. We encouraged the public to explore and experience elements of Asian culture and be part of the artworks and performances though hands-on activities that celebrated the diversity of Asian arts and culture. The interactive program included:

  • Lunar Wish, an interactive art installation by Brisbane-based artist Sue-Ching Lascelles that invited participants to fold origami wishes
  • Kirigami papercutting workshop celebrating Year of the Roster with Brisbane-based artist Brisbane-based artist Elysha Rei
  • Grandma comedy performed by Anna Yen
  • Live music gigs performed by local musicians Mayuresh and Imraan of L A C I D
  • Traditional Sumi-e and Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) ink painting workshops with master calligrapher and Sumi-e artist Yumiko Kigoshi
  • Artist talk and podcast recording session with Elysha Rei and Fringe Art + Culture
  • Live painting demonstration with street artist Phil B
  • Pop-up exhibition of children’s artworks from Tammy’s Art Studio.
  • WunderWalk Travel App D.I.Y culture walk starting point

The Live @ the Pod program included successful collaborations with artists and independent Brisbane organisations including; WunderWalk Travel App, Fringe Art & Culture and Tammy’s Art Studio.

Over 500 visitors experienced the Live @ the Pod program. Families with children, couples, teenagers and adults of all ages were welcomed and involved in the program. During the program we met people of many nationalities, hailing from as far afield as Europe, to our closer neighbours from across Asia and Oceania. Along with national and international visitors we engaged with plenty of local Brisbane and Valley residents.


Engage Arts also designed and implemented a print and digital marketing campaign to promote the Live @ the Pod program. The whimsical “Year of the Rooster” illustration was created by local designer Lisa Dino and we utilised Engage Arts’ social media platforms, partner sites and online event listings to share the event. Brisbane City Council kindly supported the print campaign with print and distribution of posters and cards.

Engage Arts would like to thank Brisbane City Council Valley Malls for their support, and all the artists, contractors, volunteers and participants that brought the Live @ the Pod program to life.

Feature image: origami wishes created for Sue-Ching Lascelles’ Lunar Wish.

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