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2013 Buddha Birth Day Festival

One of the Iconic Events of Queensland, the 3 day Buddha Birth Day Festival is returning at the start of May to the Parklands, South Bank.

The Iconic accolade from the Queensland Government is one of many that the family friendly Festival has attracted, including acknowledgement as an accredited Climate Friendly Event and honoured as one of the Six Signature Events of Brisbane. 

Over the past 16 years the celebration of Buddha’s birthday at South Bank has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors and grown from a small half day event into Queensland’s largest multicultural festival. 

The Buddha Birth Day Festival now has activities occuring right throughout the Parklands including:
• Suncorp Piazza
• Cultural Forecourt
• Gallery of Modern Art
• Queensland Performing Arts Centre
• Queensland Conservatorium
• Brisbane River 

With over 200,000 people in attendance, 1,000 volunteers helping and more than 300 performers providing a wide range of entertainment, the Brisbane event has become the largest annual celebration of Buddha’s birthday in the world. 

The Buddha Birth Day Festival is supporting 150 events spread throughout the greater South Bank precinct inclusive of the Suncorp Piazza, Cultural Forecourt, the Arbour, Queensland Conservatorium, GoMA, QPAC, and the Brisbane River.

In the Year of the Snake visitors can expect an auspicious time as they are touched by a culturally rich Festival experience. 

Bathing Buddha, one of the major Festival events where visitors symbolically wash away the inner impurities of life, will once again return to Suncorp Piazza and the Cultural Forecourt.

The famous Buddhist style Vegetarian Food Fair, offering a wide range of delectable tastes from the four corners of the Asian continent will be open till 9:00pm each night.

A range of cultural arts and activities are on offer including Chinese Tea making, Calligraphy, Face Painting, Origami and the famous Ju Percussion workshops.

The 3 Good Deeds Festival Mascots will be travelling throughout the Parklands sharing their message of “Thinking Good Thoughts, Speaking Good Words and Taking Good Actions”.

If seeking more than getting close up to traditional Chinese Lions and Dragons, visitors can partake in a little reflective time with some Meditation or participate in one of the many information sessions on Buddhism.

Each year the Buddha Birth Day Festival continues to grow and this is due to the wholesome message the Festival promotes and of the joy and happiness a visit to the Festival provides.

All activities at the Buddha Birth Day Festival are free and open to the whole family.

Festival Dates: Friday May 03 - Sunday May 05 

Baby Blessing: 11:00am Saturday May 04

Riverside Fireworks: 7:00pm Sunday May 05

Free Event

Event Details
Date: 3-5 May 2013

Where is it?
The Parklands, South Bank
Stanley Street
South Bank, 4101

For further information...
Ralph Smith
07 3841 3511
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