Celebrate the Year of the Snake at Sydney’s famous Chinese New Year Festival. The arts and culture festival from 8 to 24 February offers more than 80 events, most of them free; ranging from Asian markets, cooking demonstrations, tours, exhibitions and entertainment.
The highlight of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations is the stunning Twilight Parade on 17 February, blending traditional and contemporary Asian culture.
Be dazzled by famous snakes throughout history, colourful floats, illuminated zodiac lanterns, martial artists, circus performers, Chinese musicians and visiting groups from Beijing, Hunan and Shaanxi. The parade, which runs from the Sydney Town Hall to Chinatown, will finish with a bang at Darling Harbour with a fireworks display.
The Dragon Boat Races at Cockle Bay on 23 and 24 February will feature 12-metre-long boats, with the head and tail of a dragon, competing against each other.
Join the thousands of people set to line the shores in the southern hemisphere’s largest dragon boat race event, as more than 3,000 paddlers take to the water.
Frock up as the Dragon Ball returns after 40 years to enjoy an evening of glamour, music and dancing on 23 February at the Sydney Town Hall.
The ball recreates the premiere event of the Chinese-Australian community’s social calendar from 1938-73, a night of big band swing and fancy frocks.
Indulge your senses at the inaugural Lunar Feasts - the best food at the best prices in town running from 8 to 24 February at participating Sydney restaurants. Or visit Snake Snake Snake; an Asian Australian contemporary art exhibition at the Sydney Town Hall.
The full Chinese New Year Festival program is available at www.sydneychinesenewyear.com
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