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Lord Mayor Clover Moore

Kung Hei Fat Choy and welcome to the Year of the Sheep.

Whether it’s the brilliant colour of traditional dragons and lions, the glow of lanterns and stunning contemporary art, or sizzling dishes from across Asia, City of Sydney celebrates Chinese New Year in spectacular style.  This year, Chinatown, Thaitown and Koreatown are treating us to a feast of entertainment and flavours for Lunar Streets. Our Twilight Parade, Dragon Boat Races and glowing Lanterns of the Terracotta Warrior Exhibition are part of the festivities that embrace the cultures of the many countries that observe the lunar calendar.

I look forward to enjoying the celebrations together and wish you a happy and prosperous Year of the Sheep!

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Cr Robert Kok

Chair, Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Group

Chinese New Year is the most important time in Chinese culture. It’s a time to celebrate the coming New Year, reflect on the past year and spend time with our family and friends.

From its beginnings as a small community event in Chinatown, the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival has grown to rival those held in Asia. On behalf of the City and the Chinese community we are proud to present more than 80 family-friendly events, sharing culture, food and celebrations as we welcome the Year of the Sheep.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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HE Huaxin Li

Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney (Ambassadorial Rank)

On the occasion of the upcoming 2015 Chinese New Year Festival, on behalf of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney, I wish to extend my sincere greetings and best wishes to Australian friends of all walks of life!

The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival has become the largest and most popular Lunar New Year celebration in the southern hemisphere. The festival plays an important role in showcasing Sydney internationally as a dynamic, inclusive and multicultural metropolitan city, and also successfully promotes the development of local tourism, hospitality and entertainment. As always, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney will offer its best support for this celebration, and will assist the City of Sydney to stage a grand cultural event that is exciting and spectacular.

I wish the 2015 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival every success and may the Year of the Sheep bring peace, prosperity and good fortune to you all!

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Gill Minervini

Creative Director

According to Chinese astrology, the Sheep is wise, kind, dependable, calm and creative. It also has been a fundamental part of Australia’s growth as a nation. Interestingly there are strong ties between early sheep graziers and the Chinese community, with Chinese immigrants who came here in the gold rush also turning their hand to work as shepherds and shearers. This relationship has continued, with China today being the Australian wool industry’s most important trading partner.

We celebrate this and all manner of Sheep characteristics in our Twilight Parade, one of the most loved events of our Chinese New Year Festival. We also have some exciting new events to replace old favourites, bringing a new look to our celebrations. The Chinese New Year Markets have made way for Lunar Streets, bringing a feast of culinary treats to the heart of Haymarket, and we are proud to be hosting the spectacular Lanterns of the Terracotta Warrior exhibition, an Australian first. There are also plenty of performances, art, film and so much more, making our festival one of the most diverse celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the world.

Thank you to the thousands of people that make it all possible.

Happy Year of the Sheep!

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Benjamin Law

Writer and Author

Considering my Cantonese is abysmal and I’ve been called “a disgrace to my race” on several occasions, it’s an unexpected thrill to be an ambassador for the City of Sydney’s 2015 Chinese New Year Festival! This is one of my favourite times of the year, not just because of the tradition and pageantry, but because I’m allowed to shamelessly over-eat until I fall unconscious from a food-induced coma. I hope you’ll join me in doing the same. Gung Hei Fat Choy, Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Year of the Sheep!

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Elizabeth Chong

Celebrity Chef, Author and Cooking Teacher

It is a great honour to be associated with the City of Sydney as it marks the celebration of Chinese New Year 2015.

As one of the Festival Ambassadors, I look forward to participating in the many exciting cultural activities planned and, in particular, marking the vibrant
celebrations in a personal way because, according to the Chinese Horoscope I was born in this, the Lunar Year of the Sheep.

Like myself, and my ABC family, people of Chinese Heritage throughout the world regard the Chinese New Year as the most auspicious of all celebrations.
Traditionally, they mark the occasion with lots of fanfare, with feasts and banquets featuring foods that symbolise abundance, good health, good luck and of course prosperity.

The Year of the Sheep ushers in a period of calm, tranquillity, peace and harmony. We all need that, so we welcome everyone to embrace and engage in events that uniquely express Australia’s cultural diversity.

Goong hei fat choy.

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Kristian Chong

Concert Pianist

I’m delighted to represent the City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year celebrations as an ambassador in 2015. The Year of the Sheep brings with it peace, tranquility and hope, and I’m looking forward to it with much enthusiasm and excitement. In Sydney I’m particularly looking forward to some delicious feasting alongside some magnificent street events, performances and artistic entertainment. It is a time of celebration, reflection and happiness and I do hope you can join us.

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