Chinese New Year festivities are set to take over Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate the Year of the Sheep. Think colour, culture and some seriously delicious cuisine!
With 2015 being the year of the Sheep, it only makes sense to get yourselves involved in the festivities to bring in the Chinese New Year with a bang! The sheep is said to the most creative and artistic sign in the lunar calendar. The Chinese New Year officially starts on Thursday 19 February but the festivities last a couple of weeks.
Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival runs from Friday 13 February to Sunday 1 March. Here are a few highlights.
Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival
When: Friday 13 February,
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Sydney’s Hickson Road Reserve will be illuminated colourful lanterns inspired by the ancient Chinese terracotta warriors. There’s also traditional drumming and lion dances to get you in the spirit for the celebrations to come.
When: Saturday 14 February
When: 5pm to 11pm
Still looking for a way to spend Valentine’s Day with your love? We think the Lunar Streets event a delicious way to celebrate! Chinatown will be lit with the soft glow of lanterns and full of the sounds and spicy smells of sizzling woks.
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
Date: Sunday 22 February
Time: 8pm to 11.55pm
This year, the spectacular Twilight Parade will tell the story of all things Sheep with lanterns, floats and projections lighting up the streets of Sydney. Follow the Parade right from Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown and enjoy the fireworks at Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour.
When: Thursday 16 February to Sunday 1 March
Melbourne is renowned for its amazing laneways and this Chinese New Year, they’ll be illuminated for you to explore the quirky bar culture in Chinatown. Check out the festivities at New Gold Mountain and Double Happiness in Liverpool Street or Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane. You can also enjoy the laneway ambience in Longrain at Punch Lane which is known as one of Melbourne’s favourite Asian restaurants.
Chinese New Year
Where: Federation Square
When: Thursday 26 February to Sunday 1 March
Each evening, Georgie Pinn, one of Melbourne’s finest multimedia artists will present her specially commissioned work, Electric Dragon on the Big Screen on the main stage.
Where: Little Bourke Street Melbourne,
When: Sunday 22 February
Think Chinese dragons, lions, street performers and cultural activities parading through the streets of Melbourne, starting in Little Bourke Street. With firecrackers a-plenty, it’s a cracking way to celebrate the cultural heritage of Melbourne’s Chinese Community.