Festival Highlights

Crossing Boundaries

Start:
Wed 22 Jan - Sun 9 Feb 2014
Venue:
Sydney Town Hall

A Celebration of Contemporary Asian Australian Art Discover the depth and range of relationships and artistic exchange that exists between …

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Chinese New Year Markets

Start:
Fri 24 - Sun 26 Jan 2014
Venue:
Belmore Park

From mouth watering spicy dishes and cooking demonstrations to a bold new breakdance performance and Japanese folk dancing, Sydney’s Chinese New Year Markets are the perfect place to feast your senses.

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Festival Launch

Start:
Fri 24 Jan 2014
Venue:
Belmore Park

Belmore Park will be boasting Chinese New Year festivities this January with the official launch on Friday 24 January 2014. Entertainment, markets, food, and more.

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Our Chinese Past by Bike

Start:
Wed 29 Jan - Wed 5 Feb 2014
Venue:
Bonza Bikes

Lions, lanterns and vermillion arches: everyone who comes to Sydney visits Chinatown – but few know the story of Sydney’s …

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Dragon Boat Races

Start:
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Feb 2014
Venue:
Cockle Bay Wharf

Witness the spirit and power of the annual Dragon Boat Races at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour - see them come alive in 8 & 9 February 2014 and battle it out to the beating of drums.

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Dragon Ball

Start:
Sat 8 Feb 2014
Venue:
The Star

After the success of last year’s inaugural all swing and glamour Dragon Ball revival, the frocks, cocktails and dancing are back, in an unforgettable night that brings an exciting contemporary edge to our fabulous past.

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Current Festival Events

Past Festival Events

Getting Ready For the Asian Century

Start:
Tue 11 Feb 2014
Venue:
University of Sydney, Building A35

Pamela Young discusses her book, Getting ready For the Asian Century, including ideas for building stronger relations with China. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

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China Meets Australia

Start:
Tue 11 Feb 2014
Venue:
Sydney Opera House

Featuring over 300 performers direct from Beijing, this is an unforgettable night of choirs, folk music, Chinese orchestra, dance and more.

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CYL Lion Dance Workshop

Start:
Sat 8 Feb 2014
Venue:
CYL Clubhouse

Discover the ancient Chinese Lion Dance with the CYL Lion and Dragon Dance Group. Suitable for all ages. Wear sports clothes and bring a bottle of water.

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Sydney’s First Chinatown

Start:
Sat 8 Feb 2014
Venue:
Sydney Mechanics School of Arts

Sydney's first Chinese residences and shops sprung up in lower George Street, The Rocks, during the 1850s.

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CYL Wushu Workshop

Start:
Sat 8 Feb 2014
Venue:
CYL Clubhouse

Using strength, discipline and focus, Wushu helps you develop physically and mentally. This workshop is suitable for all ages. Wear sports clothes and bring a bottle of water.

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Walking The Great Wall

Start:
Sat 8 Feb 2014
Venue:
Sydney Mechanics School of Arts

While trekking the Great Wall to raise funds for The Smith Family, Justine Dwyer saw sections rarely seen by tourists.

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Chinese New Year at The Galeries

Start:
Fri 7 Feb 2014
Venue:
The Galeries

Visit The Galeries this Chinese New Year and celebrate with lion dances and exclusive retailer offers, and enjoy the cultural cuisines on offer at The Galeries Food Hall and restaurants!

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CYL Table Tennis Workshop

Start:
Fri 7 Feb 2014
Venue:
CYL Clubhouse

Find your inner table tennis champion at this exhibition and workshop suitable for beginners and more experienced players.

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Red Tape Gold Scissors

Start:
Wed 5 Feb 2014
Venue:
Haymarket Library

Join Dr Shirley Fitzgerald for a talk and book signing as she discusses the important role played by the Chinese in Sydney.

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Lotus Wonderland

Start:
Tue 4 Feb 2014
Venue:
Sydney Town Hall

Blending acrobatics, magic, martial arts, music and dance, the renowned Hunan Acrobatic Art Theatre premieres Lotus Wonderland – a spectacular acrobatic performance …

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Chinese Garden of Friendship – Tea Ceremony

Start:
Tue 4 Feb 2014
Venue:
The Chinese Garden of Friendship - Darling Harbour

This event has SOLD OUT. Christina Leung, owner of Zensation Tea House in Redfern, conducts a traditional tea ceremony in which each step is a sensory exploration.

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Sze Yup Kwan Ti Temple Tour

Start:
Mon 3 - Fri 7 Feb 2014
Venue:
Sze Yup Ti Temple

The Sze Yup Kwan Ti Temple has 110 years of service and is a living link to the rich past of Australia’s Chinese community.

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Row, Row Regattas! Family Fun Day

Start:
Sun 2 Feb 2014
Venue:
Australian National Maritime Museum

Join in a family fun day to celebrate the traditions of dragon boat racing and regattas. There’s dancing, character tours, games and on-water displays, with Kids on Deck conducting face painting, and craft sessions where you can make a puppet, boat or paper lantern.

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Chinese Garden of Friendship – Art of Penjing

Start:
Sun 2 Feb 2014
Venue:
The Chinese Garden of Friendship - Darling Harbour

This event has SOLD OUT. The Chinese Garden’s penjing collection aims to capture a southern Chinese provincial sub-tropical character in miniature world. Learn more with Kingston Wang of Bonsai Environment.

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A Horse Is A Horse, Of Course, Of Course

Start:
Sat 1 Feb 2014
Venue:
Macleay Museum, Macleay Building A12

Explore the Museum’s collection and discover the role of the horse in history, culture and Chinese mythology with free art and craft activities for children aged 5 to 12.

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The Tale of the Willow Pattern

Start:
Sat 1 Feb 2014
Venue:
Museum of Sydney

The ‘Willow Pattern’ also known as ‘Blue Willow’ is an instantly recognisable blue and white design found on ceramics that dates back over 200 years.

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Chinese Market Garden Planting Day

Start:
Sat 1 Feb 2014
Venue:
Museum of Sydney

Plant a Chinese market garden on the forecourt of the Museum of Sydney in a celebration of the place Chinese market gardens have in our agricultural history and their important role in sustaining our city’s food industry.

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Zoe’s Lucky Charm Storytelling

Start:
Sat 1 - Sat 8 Feb 2014
Venue:
Powerhouse Museum

Join Museum volunteers for a magical, interactive story telling journey and find out how the Museum’s mascot unravels the mystery of the God of Longevity (Shoulan).

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Yiu Ming Temple Tour

Start:
Fri 31 Jan - Wed 5 Feb 2014
Venue:
Yiu Ming Hung Fook Tong Temple

Take a tour of the Yiu Ming Temple and discover intricate carvings and ornate ritual objects.

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Feng Shui

Start:
Fri 31 Jan 2014
Venue:
Customs House

Have you ever wondered how your home could make you sick?

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Chinatown Historical Tours

Start:
Tue 28 Jan - Wed 5 Feb 2014
Venue:
Capitol Theatre

Discover the customs and traditions of a 5000 year ancient dynasty, and be entertained by the myths, stories and tales of Sydney’s Chinatown.

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