What a good looking rooster
Born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 or 2005? You’re a rooster. And a very balanced and neat rooster too, if you believe that the closest western sign to the rooster is Virgo and Libra. Either way, Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin) and Gong Hey Fat Choy (Cantonese) to you all.
Be a part of one of the biggest Chinese New Year festivals outside of Asia, by joining with more than 1 million Sydneysiders as they celebrate the Lunar New Year at these incredible events between 27 January and 12 February, with our own MLC Centre celebrating on Wednesday 25 January with lion dances and lucky red envelopes.
Dragons, Lions, Mass Sing-A-Longs & Flash Mobs
Martin Place, the beating heart of Chinese New Year, features a 50m canopy of red lanterns, a Mahjong Garden and nightly DJs and entertainment, while Sydney landmarks are lit in auspicious red for 3 nights from 27 to 29 January. “Painting the Town Red” will highlight the Sydney Opera House sails, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Town Hall and other landmarks.
3 February marks the 21st birthday of the festival at the Hub with lion dances, community dance performances, live music and an opportunity for everyone to join an enormous 'massaoke' singalong.
The final weekend of the festival (11 and 12 February) will feature the excitement and thrill of the dragon boat races - 3,000 paddlers will converge on Darling Harbour for the largest dragon boat regatta in the southern hemisphere.
Eat & Dance Your Way Through Asia
While more than 1,000 performers from Sydney's diverse Asian communities will be bringing the city's streets to life with hip hop, children's performances, folk dance, martial arts, kung fu and traditional dance performances, you can eat your way through some of the best parts of Asia with Bun Me, Lok Lok Dumplings, Stir Crazy Thai and Sushi Hon at the food precinct of MLC Centre
The popular community performance program by Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese performers will entertain audiences with mob style performances throughout the festival on Friday and Saturday evenings in Martin Place and Customs House Square, with more performances celebrating the festival in Chinatown.