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ImaginAsia | Children & Families
Imaginasia | Sounds Across Oceans

Step into the enchanting world of ImaginAsia, a series of interactive workshops perfect for kids and families! ImaginAsia is your passport to the fascinating cultures from Asia. Through captivating storytelling, music and movement, your whole family will go on an adventure, exploring the rich tapestry of art, culture and philosophy that are embedded in Asian culture. Meet an exciting host of talented Australian artists who bring their unique histories and culture to life through their art. The series also features stories from an Indigenous Australian artist, acknowledging the original storytellers of this land. Designed for all ages, ImaginAsia promises an engaging and educational experience, where learning and laughter go hand in hand.

Crow-nicles: The Adventures of the Common Crow

Sat 3 Feb ’24
10.30am – 11.15am
Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton

1290 X 775 Imaginasia Workshop Crownicles | Sounds Across Oceans

Delight in the enchanting Crow-nicles, a cultural workshop experience for the whole family. Crow-nicles expands on the original work of Ranjini Ganapathy, an exponent of Bharata-Natyam, a form of South Indian Classical Dance. Ranjini teams up with Japanese Koto virtuoso Takako Nishibori to delve into the fascinating world of the ordinary, yet symbolically rich creature, the common crow. With whimsical charm and cultural significance, the crow takes centre stage as Crow-nicles explores its quirks, idiosyncrasies and adventures. The collaboration between Ranjini and Takako promises an interactive fusion of dance, story-telling and music and a fun educational experience for the whole family. Dive into the enchanting world of Crow-nicles and discover the magic within the ordinary.

Maithree: Friendship Through Music

Sun 4 Feb ’24
10:30am – 11:15am
Garden City Library, Garden City Shopping Centre, Cnr Logan and Kessels Rds, Upper Mt Gravatt

1290 X 775 Imaginasia Workshop Maithree | Sounds Across Oceans

Embark on a heartfelt journey of cultural connection and learn about the spirit of Maithree, an ancient Sanskrit word meaning genuine friendliness and kindness towards others. This unique experience is an ode to the essence of deep respect and friendship, led by two distinguished artists. Susmitha Ravi, a renowned South Indian Carnatic vocalist and Peranya Visitchantaragoon, a celebrated Thai musician and dancer, come together to take children and their families on an exploration of the profound beauty and depth of friendship. Through music, movement and story-telling, Susmitha and Peranya will lead an interactive family exploration of Maithree that will help form connections with new friends who share the spirit of friendliness and kindness. Bring the whole family to experience the true essence of Maithree.

Boomerang Banter: An Artistic Yarning

Sat 10 Feb ’24
10:00am – 11.15am
Boondall Environmental Centre, 31 Paperbark Drive, Boondall

1290 X 775 Imaginasia Workshop Boomerang Banter | Sounds Across Oceans

Children and families will love Boomerang Banter – an artistic yarn between Indian Fusion singer Menaka Thomas and Indigenous artist and didgeridoo player Glenn Barry. Together the artists build a bridge between Indigenous Australian and Eastern cultures through sound and story. Through a delightful creative fusion the ancient cultural traditions of Indigenous Australia and Asia are celebrated, acknowledged and expressed. Traditional wisdom and contemporary artistry intersect as the artist’s banter helps young minds forge a deeper understanding of our interconnectedness with nature, the environment and the Earth that sustains us all.

In Yo: Light and Shadow – Regional Folklore from Japan

Sun 11 Feb ’24
10:30am – 11:15am
Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale

1290 X 775 Imaginasia Workshop In Yo | Sounds Across Oceans

Explore the depths of Japanese culture through In Yo – Light and Shadow, a captivating artistic experience presented by the captivating Butoh dancer Yuki Taniguchi and masterful Taiko drummer and Shinobue (Japanese Bamboo flute) player Naoko Yamada.

This interactive storytelling adventure will unveil the vibrant tapestry of Japanese folklore, threading wonder through storytelling, rhythm, and graceful movement. Join Yuki and Naoko on a family journey that immerses you in Japan’s captivating and diverse heritage, where the interplay of light and shadow, artistic expression, and timeless traditions come together to create a mesmerising storytelling experience for children of all ages.

Presented by

Brisbane City Council

Official Media Partner

SBS Australia