When it comes down to it, a balloon is really just a lot of hot hair. A balloon is, however, a little ball of possibility, colour and fun. No-one is ever too big to love a balloon and as it happens no-one is too big or to small to dress up. This is what made the Neon Pop festival at The Cultural Forecourt at South Bank today such an awesome idea. The festival was part of the BrisAsia festival celebrating the close links and influence on Brisbane of our Asian neighbours. It was also part of the Brisbane Welcome Festival designed to throw out the red carpet for all the international students descending on the city for the start of the university year. But it was also about dressing up, watching live entertainment, eating good food and joining in a giant balloon pop where everyone was invited to pop a balloon in the method of his or her choosing. It's hard to think of a better way for a city to come together to show the world what a bright, fun vibrant city Brisbane is for residents and visitors of all ages.