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Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is coming

Buildings are painted red and giant lanterns illuminate the city in celebration of the Lunar New Year

Bring the family into the city to see Sydney in a whole new light when the Chinese New Year Festival celebrations begin on Friday January 27.

To welcome the Year of the Rooster, Westpac presents Painting the Town Red – wherein famous Sydney landmarks are lit up in red lights for three nights, January 27-29.  

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and several other icons will be lit up by red projections from 8pm to midnight, symbolising good fortune and happiness, plus a featured projection of the Festival Rooster on the Australian National Maritime Museum. 

From Friday January 27 through to Sunday February 12, Lunar Lanterns will be installed around Circular Quay.

Towering up to ten metres in height, the 12 lanterns represent the signs of the Lunar Zodiac and have been designed by Asian-Australian artists with festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw. The lanterns will be illuminated each day from dusk – you can learn more about them and see photos here.