With the biggest celebration outside of mainland China, Sydney has become the country’s must-visit Chinese New Year destination. The vibrancy and energy of the festival has made it one of the city’s most popular, with over 80 events including live performances, music, markets, food and art.
Sydney will slither into action on February 8 as we say goodbye to the dragon and welcome in the Year of the Snake. As well as a program packed with entertainment, there will be activities for all the family, including tours, workshops, arts and craft, exhibitions, illuminations and plenty of firecrackers.
Visitors will experience traditional costumes, dances and music at events like the Twilight Parade, Asian flavours at the Chinese New Year Markets and they will be able to shout for their favourite teams at the Dragon Boat Races.
Here are some key events and dates for your 2013 Festival calendar:
- Festival Launch Celebrations: Friday 8 February
- Chinese New Year Markets: Friday 8 February to Sunday 10 February
- Chinese New Year Twilight Parade: Sunday 17 February
- Daragon Ball: Saturday 23 February
- Dragon Boat Races: Saturday 23 February to Sunday 24 February
- Lunar Feasts: Friday 8 February to Sunday 24 February
- Snake Snake Snake (蛇 rắn 뱀 ) – An exhibition of contemporary Asian Australian Artists: Tuesday 5 February to Saturday 23 February
- New Year’s Day in the lunar calendar will be Sunday 10 February 2013.