🎉🤡 The Ekka | 2017 🤡 🎉

I can smell that delicious scent of dagwood dogs and hear the sounds of roller-coasters already. Oh my god – that must mean it’s EKKA time!!! 🎈 🙌

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For those of you who don’t know about the Ekka, it is a carnival that is held annually in Brisbane which celebrates Queensland’s farming culture and lifestyle. It runs across 10 days and starts THIS FRIDAY!

The easiest way to get there is by train, with special Ekka only trains departing Central & Fortitude Valley train stations every 20 minutes! 🙂

You can buy your tickets online here or at the door.
$$ Remember to take your Lexis Student Card to get a discount!! $$ 

💥💥 Be sure to hashtag #LexisAtTheEkka on Facebook & Instagram if you decide to go. We’d love to hear about your experience and see all your wonderful photos!! 💥💥

Celebrate the Chinese New Year this weekend! :)

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This weekend marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and this time it is the year of the Monkey. Those of you who were born in 1920, 19321944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 or 2004, then this might be your lucky year! 😀

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Although the new year actually begins on Monday 8th of February, celebrations and festivities will kick off over the weekend. Chinese New Year – also known as The Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year is an event that takes place every year, and is widely celebrated in all parts of the world. Brisbane will have its very own celebrations starting this weekend and running through until next weekend, so if you’re free why don’t you check it out? 🙂

 


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This Friday night as part of the BrisAsia Festival, the William Jolly Bridge will be lit up with local Chinese-Australian artist Pamela Mei-Ling’s artwork. You can watch this eye-catching light projection from anywhere along the riverside from 6pm. The bridge will light up every night until the end of the CNY celebrations. Be sure to have a look! 🙂

 

 

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If you’ve got access to a car, you might want to have a look at this. The Moreton Bay Lunar New Year festivities are being held this Saturday in Caboolture (about 45 minutes north of Brisbane). This is the first time this event is being held here, and they have so much planned for the grand opening! There will be free entertainment starting from 4pm along with traditional music and Chinese dance, Asian-infused cultural experiences and delicious traditional Asian food presented in an Eat Street-style. Don’t worry if you don’t have a car. At the end of the night, there will be a grand finale fireworks display that is guaranteed to be amazing! Read more about the event here.

 

 

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This one is my personal suggestion! Chinese New Year is not complete without having some delicious Yum-Cha! There is a restaurant in Fortitude Valley that is open 7 days a week called Oriental Yum-Cha. They do all you can eat dumplings (YUUUUM!), and will even have New Year celebrations of their own. Take a look at their Facebook page for pricing, opening hours and location.

 

 

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Monday is when the true celebrations begin and there is plenty to see and do in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall! Activities such a lion dancing, Chinese inspired markets and live entertainment will be in full swing from here until next weekend. To see what’s on, have a look at the BrisAsia official website.


 

Be sure to follow this space into next weekend, where there will be plenty more CNY related activities for you to have a look at. For now, enjoy the weekend and as always have fun! 🙂

One week until Christmas!!

Good morning everyone!

Wooo! One more week until Christmas! Who’s excited?! Or perhaps you’re excited about not having any classes for a week? 🙂 Either way you decide to celebrate, it’s an exciting time nonetheless.
This week in the lead up to Christmas, there is yet again many more merry activities you can do to occupy your time!


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It’s still not too late to go on the 4KQ Christmas Light tour! Friday 18/12 is the last night to see it, so if you haven’t already, I do recommend going!! You can buy your tickets here or check out last week’s blog post for more information.
We have a few events starting tonight (17/12) over at South Bank!

  • Christmas Firework Spectacular: 17/12 ~ 21/12.

Running over the next 5 days, the skies of South Bank will come alive with a beautiful fireworks displays! The fireworks show will be on every night starting at 8:15pm until 8:25pm – the perfect way to end your evening down by our beautiful riverside. The best vantage points to watch the show include South Bank of course, Victoria Bridge, Kangaroo Point cliffs and the City Riverwalk. Get your front row seats nice and early – it’s going to get busy!!
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  • Christmas Outdoor Cinema: 17/12 ~ 23/12.

This free family-friendly event down by the South Bank beach is on every night until Christmas Eve! Get together with your friends to watch some of your favourite Christmas movies on the big screen outside!! Bookings are not required, so again you’ll have to get in nice and early to get the best seats! For a full listing of all the Christmas movies and times, click here.
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  • Christmas Carols presented by Hillsong Brisbane: 17/12~20/12.

You can join in the fun and sing along to your favourite Christmas Carols down at the Courier Mail Piazza this weekend. This is also a free event, and bookings are not essential. There will also be a special guest or 2 joining in on the fun – can you guess who? 🙂 The doors are open each night from 5:45pm, the Christmas Carols start at 6:45pm, and will finish just in time for you to watch the nightly fireworks! For more information, check out the website here.
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Don’t forget that we will be having Christmas celebrations of our own here at Lexis! Next Thursday out on the sunny balcony, we will celebrate the festive season, as well as the last day of school ( 😦 ) “Aussie Style” with a yummy BBQ starting at 12pm! See you there! 🙂

This will be the last “What’s On” blog for 2015, so we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe New Year! The school will be closed from 25/12/15 and will reopen on the 4/1/16. So please take care, have fun and we will see you again in the new year!

– Love, Lexis Brisbane 🙂