Premier welcomes Chinese New Year 2015

Published 13th February, 2015 in Arts & Culture, Economy, Tourism

NSW Premier Mike Baird welcomed the commencement of the 2015 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival by issuing a warm greeting to the people of Guangdong, our Chinese sister province.

Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors

Growing friendship

The Premier said Sydney’s iconic Opera House will be turning red as a mark of friendship between NSW and Guangdong. He also highlighted a flourishing economic relationship between the States. In the past 12 months, NSW and China have signed a new free trade agreement and Sydney has become an established offshore settlement hub for the Chinese Renminbi.

Chinese New Year Festival

NSW is gearing up for a spectacular 2015 Chinese New Year Festival celebration. The festival will officially commence at 7pm on 13 February among the lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors at Dawes Point on Sydney’s Harbour.

Sydney’s streets will come alive with the sight, smells and tastes of one of the world’s biggest lunar New Year celebrations. The festival will feature more than 80 events and is expected to attract over 600,000 visitors.

Festival highlights

From 13 -22 February, 90 Chinese warriors each standing 2.1 metres tall will glow against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. This year’s Twilight Parade will take place on 22 February, featuring lanterns, floats and projections to light up the city streets. The action-packed Dragon Boat Races will run for 2 full days (28 Feb – 1 March) with 3,000 paddlers racing across Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

For information on the full Sydney Chinese New Year 2015 program, visit www.sydneychinesenewyear.com

Published 13th February, 2015 in Arts & Culture, Economy, Tourism