Sydney’s spectacular Chinese New Year Festival kicks off this weekend with the City’s annual markets at Belmore Park in the heart of Haymarket.
A big-screen karaoke competition, cooking demonstrations by MasterChef Australia stars, live performances direct from Shenzhen in China and dozens of food stalls will feature at this year’s Chinese New Year Markets, from 8-10 February.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said there was no better way to welcome the Year of the Snake than gathering with friends and family at the annual Chinese New Year Markets.
“Our Chinese New Year Festival is one of the biggest celebrations in Sydney’s calendar,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The bustling Chinese New Year Markets are just the first of 80 events in this spectacular celebration.”
There’s something for everyone as the City rings in the Year of the Snake. Visitors will be able to try delicious dumplings or noodles at the food stalls, settle in for an outdoor film screening under the stars, or bring the kids to enjoy a lion dance, craft activities and games.
This year’s celebrations will kick off on Friday night with a traditional eye-dotting ceremony bringing dragons and lions to life, plus sparkling firecrackers to banish any misfortune left over from the previous year.
Folk singers and magicians from the City’s 2013 Chinese New Year partner city, Shenzhen, will perform live on stage, and crowds will get a sneak preview of next weekend’s hugely popular Twilight Parade with a special ‘snakes alive’ performance.
DJ Tikki Tembo will play contemporary beats from the stage early on, while Jamaica dela Cruz and the SBS PopAsia radio crew will keep revellers entertained until late into the night with competitions, giveaways and nonstop Asian pop.
More than 50 market stalls selling delicious food and New Year gifts will run all weekend, along with kids’ activities, art and craft workshops, opera demonstrations, lion dances and dramatic martial arts displays.
Foodies can learn how to make delicious New Year dishes with festival ambassador Adam Liaw and fellow MasterChef Australia finalist Alvin Quah in the AYAM Demonstration Kitchen, hosted by Ready Steady Cook TV chef Janelle Bloom.
On Saturday afternoon, Korean rock band Drawbridge will take to the stage, followed by the grand finale of the City’s annual Chinese New Year karaoke competition. Tai Chi Zero, an epic kung-fu action film, will be screened under the stars on Sunday night.
The Festival Launch will be held from 6pm on Friday 8 February.
The Chinese New Year Markets will be open from 4-10pm on Friday 8 February and 11am-10pm on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February at Belmore Park, between Eddy Ave and Hay Street, Haymarket.
Both events are free, and free bike parking will be available on site.
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