How to celebrate the Year of the Dog

City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival offers experiences for the whole family, with more than 80 cultural events across 17 days
Chinese New Year Sydney
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Attracting more than 1.3 million people in 2017, City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia.

Highlights of this year’s festival include an aerial theatre show; the magnificent Lunar Lanterns exhibition along the Sydney Harbour foreshore; traditional performances, including Shaolin monks, singers and dancers performing Chinese opera, dance and martial arts; contemporary talks and exhibitions; and Dragon Boat Races at Darling Harbour. Visit Chinatown for lion dancing, Chinese crackers, workshops and an abundance of sumptuous, festive banquets.

The festival welcomes in the Year of the Dog. The Dog is a symbol of loyalty and honesty; people born in the Year of the Dog are said to possess the best traits of human nature.

Join in the festivities of the 22nd year of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival from 16
February to 4 March, 2018. City of Sydney produced events are free. Costs may apply for
other festival events. See website for details.

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