BrisAsia Symposium 2019 – Belonging, is an intimate and thought-provoking day designed to inspire and connect individuals passionate about the drive for cultural change. The Symposium includes a range of interactive panel discussions and artistic performances. Topics of discussion include intercultural arts practice, cultural heritage and diplomacy, philosophy, creativity and wellbeing.

Chef, writer and television presenter Adam Liaw will be joining us as guest speaker at the 2019 Symposium. His television series, Destination Flavour, has travelled through Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Scandinavia and Singapore, winning an AACTA award for Best Lifestyle Program. Liaw is an official ‘Goodwill Ambassador for Japanese Cuisine’ and UNICEF Australia’s National Ambassador for Nutrition.

We look forward to sharing this fabulous day with Adam along with a host of other guests and panellists including ABC Radio National host Paul Barclay – who will conduct a live recording of Big Ideas – and author, journalist and presenter Indira Naidoo.

The Symposium strengthens the bonds of cultural and multi-disciplinary communities. Forge new pathways with fellow creatives over a curated lunch by local food entrepreneur and celebrity chef Margaret Nguyen. Nurture your sense of belonging through conversations with our growing collective of innovators dedicated to bridging our networks of cultures and communities. Join the stellar panel and engage with local and international thought leaders, and leave with fresh perspectives, rejuvenated ideas and stronger creative connections.

Download the BrisAsia Symposium 2019 – Belonging Program [PDF 1.3 MB]

PANEL 1: Thresholds: Intercultural Arts Practice LIVE

Speakers: Jeremy Neideck (QUT), Sandi-Woo (Dance Artist), Ling-Hsueh Tang (Actor / Theatre Director), Matt Hsu (musician, multi-instrumentalist and composer)

PANEL 2: Driving Change Forum

Speakers: Sarah Mak (Co-Founder The Story Boxes), Susan (String) Nguyen (Tech Strategist), Margaret Nguyen (Celebrity Chef), Dianna Nguyen (Comedian / Actress), An Le (Social Change Entrepreneur)

LUNCH – Catered by Margaret Nguyen of Café O’Mai

PANEL 3: Confucianism: Its Essentials and Relevance to the World Today

Speakers: Mr Benedict Kelly (University of Queensland Confucius Institute), Professor Zuo Biao (Shanghai Maritime University)

PANEL 4: Cultural Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Cultivating the seeds of belonging

Speakers: Professor Caitlin Byrne (Griffith Asia Institute), Natsuko Akagawa (UQ Researcher), Douglas Watkin (Filmmaker), Dr. Anthony Garcia (Sounds Across Oceans, JADE New World Collective), Takako Haggarty Nishibori (JADE), Dheeraj Shrestha (JADE), David Williams (JADE), Pongsaporn Upani (Thai Folk Musician), Mrs Archana Singh (India Honorary Consul)

ABC Radio National BIG IDEAS

Speakers: Paul Barclay (Broadcaster), Indira Naidoo (Food sustainability advocate, author, garden designer), Adam Liaw (Celebrity Chef), Chong Ali (Hip Hop Artist), Anna Yen (Performer, Movement Teacher)

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Presented by Brisbane City Council BrisAsia Festival in partnership with QPAC and Sounds Across Oceans

Pricing Guide

ADMISSION Adult $45 Concession^ $25

^Concession card holders, students and senior card holders

A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only. Please see the event calendar when booking for the available date(s) and time(s) of this performance.


Ashwin Segkar

Professor Caitlan Byrne
Griffith Asia Institute

Chong Ali
Hip Hop Artist

Douglas Watkin

Ling-Hsueh Tang
Actor / Theatre Director

Margaret Nguyen
Celebrity Chef

Sandi Woo
Dance Artist

Sarah Mak
Co-Founder The Story Boxes

Zuo Biao
Shanghai Maritime University

Matt Hsu

Natsuko Akagawa
Cultural Diplomacy Researcher