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Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival welcomes Year of the Rooster

Chinese New Year, Melbourne
Chinese New Year, Melbourne.

Kit Haselden Photography

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Unifying the city’s Year of the Rooster celebrations and presenting a cohesive cultural experience for locals and visitors alike, the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival from 27 January until 12 February 2017 will offer spectacular lighting installations, cultural performances, food experiences and public activities designed to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate.

Melbourne will come alive over 17 days with vibrant festivities which can be experienced citywide from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Emporium Melbourne, Federation Square, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, to Docklands and DFO South Wharf.

Festival highlights include several exciting activations at Queensbridge Square commencing with a New Year’s Eve countdown on 27 January, illuminations and activities at Docklands each weekend of the Festival, performances by Chinese acts at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 3 February, and a Chinese New Year concert by the Chinese Music Orchestra on 9 February.

Chinese New Year, Melbourne
Chinese New Year, Melbourne.

Kit Haselden Photography

The Festival’s lighting installations include peacocks at Docklands, an impressive and colourful rooster at Queensbridge Square, blooming flowers at South Wharf and Chinese mystical animals at Queen Victoria Market.

The festivities will focus on engaging with the 175,000-strong international student community within Melbourne. From Tai Chi and dragon boat trials to cooking demonstrations and an Asian Fusion Dinner at Eureka 89, the Festival proudly celebrates the diversity of the State.

Jane Nathan, Chair of CNY United Pty Ltd, the incorporated body established to manage the Festival said: “We hope to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Festival. We have developed existing, and created new programming for 2017 and will again deliver all events under one cohesive brand.”

The Chinese New Year countdown at Queensbridge Square and the celebration of Chinese food at Queen Victoria Market are two of the Festival’s major highlights featuring leading Chinese cuisine authority and celebrity chef, Elizabeth Chong and TV personality and Melbourne-foodie, Lee Chan.

The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival will be officially launched at Eureka 89 on 23 January 2017.  The full list of programming can be found at www.cnymelbourne.com.au  

This material was produced by the Victorian Government