2019 Brisbane International Arts Festival


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Taiwanese: Chio-Tian Folk Drums & Arts Troupe | 九天民俗技藝團

Founded by Mr. Chen-Jung Hsu in 1995, the Chio-Tian Folk Drums & Arts Troupe (hereafter Chio-Tian) was initially a traditional Taiwanese temple fair parade team. It has since focused its efforts on the innovation and refinement of its art and performance, elevating the traditional local parade show to a higher level of artistic quality and expertise. 

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Korean: Queensland Korean Choir

Queensland Korean Choir (QKC) is a community choir consists of ethnic Koreans in Brisbane. QKC was founded with a love of music when Queensland Korean Orchestra performed in 2011.

The purpose of foundation is to revitalize life through chorus, to relieve the loneliness of immigrants, and to provide comfort and peace of mind to Korean society. QKC’s repertoire focuses on Korean classical songs, pop music, and traditional folk songs.

To Korean listeners, these are popular and easy to sing along; to a broader audience, these selections are easy to understand and enjoy. They frequently perform in New Year, Winter, and Korean Festivals. QKC is a very inclusive community organisation and consists of members’ with a very wide range of age, religion beliefs, genders, and professions. QKC members share affection and love of music with each other and in turn enrich the harmonious chorus.

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Indonesian: Seharum Nusantara Dance Group & Viva Lestari Indonesia Dance Group

Australian Indonesian Culture and Welfare Association Inc presents the culture team, Seharum Nusantara dance group and Viva Lestari Indonesia dance group. We are all Indonesian who live in Brisbane. 

Indonesia - the country we were born in, consist of 19,000 islands and hosts 300 ethnic groups and who speak 600 languages. In total they are about 270 millions and mostly are members to 6 major institutionalized religions in the world. It is a big and diverse nation.

East part of Indonesia - Gemufamire & Tobello

Gemufamire + Tobello are Indonesian famous folk dances and at the moment are viral amongst our community in Indonesia. Originally, the dances came from East part of Indonesia East Nusa Tenggara and Maluku.

The dances involve lots of movements, rhythms and a group of people as dancers. The aim of these dances are to improve our love to Indonesian provincial dances and challenge people's creativity.

Central part of Indonesia - Merak Dance from West Java

Merak dance is a traditional folk dance originating from Pasundan land, West Java. The dancers wear the peacock head crown. Merak dance has delicate hand movements and it follows by traditional gamelan music that becomes the main characteristic of this dance.


East part of Indonesia - Sajojo Dance from Papua

Sajojo dance is folk dance originated from Papua, the largest island located in the eastern region of Indonesia. It is a type of social dance where everybody like to move and jump normally include man and woman more than 5 people. The more people to dance, the merrier. 

Papuais a province that rich with culture and arts, minerals and tribal groups. It is also well-known as the heaven of the east. 

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Taiwanese: Chinese Youth Goodwill Association dance performances

Chinese Youth Goodwill Association, together with Chinese Youth Arts Association, are proud to showcase some traditional Chinese dances and Taiwanese folk culture in SIFAF 2018 to better prevail classical and contemporary Taiwanese/ Chinese cultural scenes and to further cultural exchange with other artistic groups from both domestic and abroad. 


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South African: Beats Eclectic Drumming Group

Affectionately known as BE, Beats Eclectic is not your everyday girl band! United by their passion for rhythm, world music and conscious expression, this bright spirited bunch will have you tantalised by their infectious energy, joyful exuberance and musical eclecticism.

Beats Eclectic offer enchanting showcases of unique world inspired music and dance. Five talented women who share a deep connection to the difference that music makes every day, everywhere. 

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Greek: The Hellenic Dancers of St George Brisbane

1977 saw the formation of Brisbane‟s “Hellenic Dancers”. Since then the group has spent over 30 years promoting and preserving Greek Culture predominately through traditional dance. As ambassadors of the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, The Hellenic Dancers are Brisbane‟s leading professional Traditional Greek Dancing Group driven by a group of dedicated young volunteers showcasing their Culture all over Australia. 

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Taiwanese: Miao Hsuan Dance | 妙璇舞蹈團

Miao-Hsuan started as a private dance academy and later was registered as the first dance performing troupe in Taichung, Taiwan in 2001. The director Ms Chang-Ning Hung is enthusiastic in dance education and community involvement in performing arts.

The troupe was soon well recognised with their excellent and frequent performance. Ms Hung believes in that dance education advocates learners’ physical, mental and social development. They won the title of “Outstanding Performing Group of Taichung” from 2005 to 2009 continuingly. 

Miao-Hsuan's dances have very recognisable festive, ritual, and folkloric elements of traditional Taiwanese society. Their artistic interpretation makes this grassrooted beauty enchanting. They use dance to tell the stories and relationship between the people and the land of Taiwan. 

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Taiwanese: Da-Feng Symphony Orchestra | 大豐管弦樂團

The conductor of the Da-Feng Symphony Orchestra is Dr. Jeffrey Liang, who assists to contemplate a vision for the future of the orchestra. As a result, "Christmas in Forest", in 2016, "Movie and Musical Spectacular", in 2017, Year's Eve Concert in Taipei Station, and other concerts have won praises from all walks of life! Due to the love of music and the excellent team-work established during the school orchestra period, the members are now able to make splendid performances.

大豐管弦樂團前身為新北市大豐國小管弦樂團校友團。大豐國小管弦樂團已走過 20 年歲月,除了於全國音樂比賽中屢獲特優第一名佳績外,更積極參與各政府機關/民間機構相關單位音樂活動演出,並多次受邀國內外演出活動,如:澳大利亞訪問表演、新加坡、馬來西亞音樂交流、日本大阪與美國帅獅青少年管弦樂團的聯合音樂之旅、日本東京音樂大學聯合音樂之旅等。

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Cultural WorkShops


Chinese Youth Goodwill Association, together with Chinese Youth Arts Association, are proud to showcase some traditional Chinese dances and Taiwanese folk culture in SIFAF 2018 to better prevail classical and contemporary Taiwanese/Chinese cultural scenes and to further cultural exchange with other artistic groups from both domestic and abroad. 


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Exhibitions - STORIES


Hosting Artist - Melody Chen

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Artist from Australia - Mark Davey

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Artist from Taiwan - Chang, Pi-Er

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Artist from Taiwan - Hsieh, Chih-Ping

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Artist from Poland - Renata Buziak

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Artist from Australia - April Giblin

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Taiwan Week Lantern Painting Competition


Held on the first full-moon night of the lunar year, the Lantern Festival is commonly regarded as one of the most important and romantic festivals in Taiwan. The origin of the festival lies in the festive activities of an agricultural people celebrating the lengthening of daylight hours and the coming of spring after the New Year.


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470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank QLD 4109

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Calamvale Community College

11 Hamish St, Calamvale QLD 4116

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Queensland Taiwan Centre

Shop 36B, Sunny Park Shopping Centre (342 mcCullough Street), Sunnybank QLD

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Sunnybank Plaza

Cnr Mains Rd & McCullough St, Sunnybank QLD 4109

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