Communities Turn The Zodiac Into A Performance

The City Of Sydney is inviting community groups & performers that celebrate the Lunar New Year to take part in the Lunar Lanterns exhibition for the 2017 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

Lunar Lanterns will feature 12 giant lanterns representing animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac at some of Sydney’s most popular locations as part of the Festival from the 27th of January to the 12th of February.

Martin Place & Customs House Square will feature colourful & lively performances set amongst the magnificent Zodiac lanterns.

The City is looking for community groups & artists that would like to produce performances & demonstrations for the Lunar Lantern Community Performance Program, part of the Lunar Lanterns exhibition.

Sydney - February 10, 2016: City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival celebrations in Sydney, Australia (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)
Sydney – February 10, 2016: City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival celebrations in Sydney, Australia (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)

“This is a great opportunity for Chinese New Year Festival regulars & other community groups to be part of the biggest Lunar New Year celebration outside mainland China” City Of Sydney Chief Executive Officer, Monica Barone, said.

“We are looking for traditional & contemporary performances & skills demonstrations from martial arts to tai chi”

“This is a great way for participants to showcase their talents & for tourists, workers and residents, to celebrate our city’s many cultures.”

City of Sydney's Chinese New Year celebrations on the 11th February 2016. Photo by DAMIAN SHAW / CITY OF SYDNEY
City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebrations on the 11th February 2016.
Photo by DAMIAN SHAW / CITY OF SYDNEY

Next year’s Sydney Chinese New Year Festival program will provide more opportunities to celebrate the lunar festival throughout the city centre as well as its traditional heart in Chinatown.

Lunar Lanterns will be one of the highlight events of the City’s 2017 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival celebrations. The Festival will also include long-time favourite events like the Dragon Boat Races, Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub, Westpac Painting The Town Red & more than 80 associated events.

Sydney - February 10, 2016: City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival celebrations in Sydney, Australia (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)
Sydney – February 10, 2016: City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival celebrations in Sydney, Australia (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)

“The community is the heart of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival & we want to showcase their talents and help promote these organisations in a vibrant celebration of all of the communities that celebrate the Lunar New Year” said Claudia Chan Shaw, Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Curator.

To be part of the Lunar Lanterns program, applications should be completed and submitted online by Monday the 29th of August 2016.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

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