Letters to TWT’s Editor: Sydney welcomes Lunar visitors

Dear Sir,
Lunar New Year is a fabulous time to get together with family and friends, to explore Sydney’s multicultural heritage and celebrate the Year of the Dog. 

This is a time for Sydney to celebrate Chinese New Year, from fireworks and glowing Lunar Lanterns to festivities in Chinatown, we’ve got so much on offer to ring in the Year of the Dog We know many distinctive cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year in Sydney, so we are holding events across the city for everyone to enjoy.

The festival’s hero dog lantern has been designed by Chinese Australian artist Song Ling and sits proudly at the side of the Sydney Opera House.

This masterpiece was created by 18 skilled workers and five seamstresses and uses 5 tons of steel, 90 lights and more than 200m of fabric.

Now in its third year, the Lunar Lanterns exhibition features the work of Claudia Chan Shaw along with some of Australia’s most exciting contemporary Chinese Australian artists.

These include Guan Wei, Fan Dongwang, Laurens Tan, Guo Jian, Tianli Zu and Qian Jian Hua.

Designed by Asian-Australian artists, the Lunar Lanterns blend classic Chinese design techniques with modern technology.

More than 80 associated events will offer celebrations of the Lunar New Year, from a traditional tea ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW and congee breakfasts in Chinatown to art exhibitions and a Chinese opera  demonstration.

Chinatown will be transformed into a thundering lion den with traditional lion dancers and red firecrackers.

There will be additional lion dancing on February 25, from midday to 4pm, on Dixon Street and surrounds in Chinatown.

Guarding the entrance to Chinatown, is Shanghai-born artist Fan Dongwang’s ‘Yin and Yang’ Dog Lanterns, each standing almost 4 metres tall.

Other events include the Chinese Youth League’s Cantonese Opera Demonstration and Seminar, Chinatown’s cuisine and local art in 4A Night Walk and Art Space, a cinematic experience with Chindia: Short Films from the Diaspora, and Chinese banquets.

Shoppers can step into a virtual reality world with the World Square Dragon’s Tail Augmented Reality Experience and Red Treasure Hunt.

The Friday night Chinatown markets on Dixon Street and Little Hay Street will offer everything from yum cha and teppanyaki to takoyaki and green-tea flavoured desserts.

Traditional and contemporary Chinese music will play at the Opera House Concert Hall on Thursday, March 1 as the renowned Chinese Orchestra of China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre perform ‘Treasures of a Nation’.

Sydney Chinese New Year 2018 celebrations will run until March 4 and for more information see our website: sydneychinesenewyear.com.au

CLOVER MOORE
Lord Mayor of Sydney