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Sydney Chinese New Year Festival starts this weekend

Head to Circular Quay for the free Lunar Spectacular Show. Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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The City of Sydney's Chinese New Year celebrations begin on Friday February 16. Head down to the outdoor stage in First Fleet Park – the green space where The Rocks meet the Quay, next to the MCA – for the first of six free performance celebrating culture, community and friendship. 

Gather from 5pm for pre-show acts including choral singing, opera, classical music, fashion shows, tai chi and kung fu.

Then from 7pm, the Lunar Spectacular Show commences – a one-hour curated program showcasing traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian dancing, Korean
drumming, and Japanese hip hop. The show features the Chinese New Year Festival dancers and stilt walking.

The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is honoured to welcome an international delegation of 22 artists from China’s north-central region of Henan including Shaolin Monks. The ensemble will showcase Shaolin Xiang Xing Quan (imitation boxing), kung fu skills, Shaolin weapons and stunts. 

Henan artists will also treat guests to traditional dance and music performances. Cultural entertainment includes Henan dialect rap, Chinese classical dance, and a traditional performance using the pipa, which is often referred to as the king of Chinese folk musical instruments (February 24-25 only).

The performances are happening Friday-Sunday this weekend and next weekend. 

While you are down at Circular Quay, don't miss the spectacular exhibition of giant Lunar Lanterns in locations from the Opera House to The Rocks.

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