Lord Mayor Clover Moore
Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival is a spectacular celebration of our city’s diversity, with more than 80 family-friendly events embracing the cultures of China, Korea, Vietnam and other countries that observe the lunar calendar.
From its beginnings as a small community event in Chinatown, our festival has grown to rival those in Hong Kong and Shanghai, with a feast of food, art, performance, workshops, tours and more.
The Twilight Parade will light up Sydney’s streets as it weaves its way through our city, while the Chinese New Year Markets at Belmore Park are a wonderful place to enjoy live performances, catch a cooking demonstration and indulge in a delicious meal on a hot summer night. The Dragon Ball is back after its spectacular revival last year, so put on your best frock and dancing shoes and join in the swing.
Chinese New Year is a time to reflect on the year that has passed and spend time with family and friends as we welcome the coming year. It’s also a time to forge closer ties between our communities, with all of Sydney enjoying a celebration that has come to play such an important role in our annual calendar.
Kung Hei Fat Choy and may the Year of the Horse bring peace, prosperity and good fortune to all.
Cr Robert Kok
Chair – Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Group
Chinese New Year is the most important day in Chinese culture and a time to welcome a new year of beginnings.
Traditionally in Chinese culture it is celebrated over 15 days. This year Chinese New Year falls on 31 January and we welcome the Year of the Horse.
In Chinese culture, the horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance. People born in the Year of the Horse are smart, self-reliant, joyful, outgoing, sophisticated, resilient and quick-witted.
The City’s Chinese New Year Festival has over two weeks of fabulous events and on behalf of the City and the Chinese community we are proud to present and share this exciting time with you. So come join us to experience culture, food and a festive atmosphere.
This will be a year of great energy and power and the 2014 Horse will want room to run, so have big dreams and goals and may you ride your way to success!
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Welcome to City of Sydney’s celebration of the Year of the Horse. The horse is dynamic, majestic, energetic, and like Sydney, very fond of a party.
Chinese New Year is a time to start afresh and experience new things. This year’s festival gives us many opportunities to do this, with events ranging from culinary feasts to contemporary art and dance.
For the first time, we have commissioned an artist to create the artwork for our festival. Internationally celebrated artist Hu Ming has produced a beautiful painting that portrays the traditions of Chinese New Year.
We are the first in Australia to see Compartmentalized, an exciting collaboration between Australia’s renowned Stalker Theatre and Hong Kong’s Unlock Dancing Plaza. The City has co-commissioned with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. Featuring some of the best Australian and Chinese break dancers, this new contemporary performance piece premiered in Hong Kong as part of Freespace Fest 2013 and then tours to Australia starting at our festival.
This year’s parade pays tribute to the majesty and grandeur of the horse across cultures, featuring new lighting and projections. I’m also very happy that one of the highlights of last year’s festival, the Dragon Ball, will return to a new venue, The Star. Lunar Feasts has expanded to include more restaurants than ever before, showcasing the best of Sydney’s Asian cuisine.
Thank you to City of Sydney staff who work so hard to deliver this event, to our sponsors and to the communities of Sydney and beyond who collaborate with us to make it the popular and diverse celebration it is.
Happy Year of the Horse – I hope you enjoy the festival.
Claudia Chan Shaw
Fashion Designer, Author, TV Presenter
Animated, energetic and entertaining: these are characteristics of those born in the Year of the Horse. When the horse kicks up its heels, you can be sure that you’re in for a wonderful ride. These are also the characteristics of Sydney’s 2014 Chinese New Year Festival.
This celebration of culture, food and entertainment, where tradition joins with the contemporary, is a magic time for family and friends. I’m delighted to be a part of this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.
Photographer and Performer
I have so many wonderful memories of events in which I have participated at Chinese New Year in Sydney – the Asian Pride parties in the Chinese Gardens as part of Mardi Gras in the 90s, my storytellers from Performance 4A, performing at Belvoir Street Theatre, and more recently the Chinese New Year exhibition at the Town Hall where I met fellow visual artists. It’s a wonderful cultural festival, and of course there are all the dinners amid the bursts of fireworks. Let’s celebrate the Year of the Horse.
Chui Lee Luk
Restaurateur and Chef
I’m proud to be part of the vibrant Chinese community here in Sydney. I’m particularly honoured to participate in the City of Sydney’s Lunar New Year celebrations this year as an ambassador. I’m really looking forward to all the dancing lions and the colour of the Dragon Boat Races. I’m curious about how the Year of the Horse will be expressed in the upcoming events, and of course I’m also looking forward to all the feasting.
Meet the Festival Ambassadors
H.E. Huaxin Li,
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney (Ambassadorial Rank)
On the occasion of the upcoming 2014 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.
Spring Festival, as China’s grandest and most culturally-significant traditional celebration, integrates people’s warm reviews of the past year and great expectations for the upcoming year.
Looking back to 2013, Australia and China have jointly harvested a deepened friendship as well as fruitful political, economic and cultural exchanges. Looking forward to 2014, we are confident of securing closer ties and more harmonious cooperation in the interest of both parties. By working together, we will make our bilateral relationship a fine model of harmonious co-existence and win-win cooperation.
Last but not least, I wish the 2014 Chinese New Year Festival a complete success and all my Australian friends a happy Chinese New Year, good health and fortune!
President – Chinese Parents Association – Children with Disabilities Inc.
The Chinese Parents Association – Children with Disabilities Inc. (CPA) is honoured to be the Charity Partner for the 2014 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.
CPA was established in 1988 by a group of dedicated parents of children with disabilities. It is non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit. It provides a range of services for people with disabilities and their families, and promotes a caring community by raising awareness of the needs of these families and by bringing parents together to form self-help groups.
Now in its 25th year, CPA has 200 members, and is grateful to all its supporters, sponsors and volunteers. Their contribution makes a positive change in the lives of children with disabilities and their families.
To donate see chineseparents.org.au or phone 02 9784 8120.
‘Accept our disability, Develop our ability, Uncover our potentiality.’
On behalf of the Chinese Parents Association, I wish you a very happy and prosperous Year of the Horse.