The mythical dragon commands the wind, the mist and the rain, surging through the skies and the seas.

For more than 2,000 years, Dragon Boat racing has had a special place in Chinese culture, with 12-metre long boats battling it out to the pounding of drums. The first races were held to commemorate Qu Yuan, the great warrior poet, who drowned himself in a river as a protest against political corruption. Today, the race represents patriotism and group integrity.

Get up close to all the action on the 90 metre viewing pontoon as these spectacular boats race through the waters, each with a carved dragon head and tail, a hull painted with dragon scales, and paddles to represent the claws.

 

Saturday 28 February 2015

9am – 5pm God of Wealth
11am -Noon Children’s Activity – Face Painting
Noon – 12.15pm Drumming roving performance
1pm – 2pm God of Wealth roving performance
1pm – 3pm Children’s Activity – Face Painting
3pm – 3.15pm Lion Dance performance

 

Sunday 1 March 2015

9am – 3pm God of Wealth
11am -Noon Children’s Activity – Face Painting
12.30pm – 12.45pm Drumming roving performance
1pm – 3pm Children’s Activity – Face Painting
1pm – 1.15pm Dragon Dance roving performance
2pm – 2.15pm Lion Dance performance

 


What’s On

Eye Dotting Ceremony

Eye Dotting Ceremony

Date:
Saturday 28 February
Time:
9am

Come and be part of a unique Taoist ceremony that blesses the waters to ensure a safe weekend of racing and awakens the dragon by dabbing red paint onto the eyes of each boat’s figurehead

Check out the 2014 Dragon Boat Races

Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races

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