Australian Radio Network Announces Partnership With The City Of Sydney

AUSTRALIAN RADIO NETWORK (ARN) ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE 3-YEAR MEDIA PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY OF SYDNEY

ARN today announces a new partnership with the City Of Sydney, kicking off a huge year of events, celebrations & experiences that celebrate the best of Sydney.

As the exclusive frequency modulation (FM) commercial radio partner, ARN’s KIIS 106.5 FM, Western Suburbs (WS) 101.7 FM & The Edge 96.1 FM/Digital Radio Station will play key roles in supporting major events on Sydney’s calendar including the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, Sydney Christmas & Sydney’s première global event, Sydney New Year’s Eve, which will be presented exclusively with KIIS 106.5 FM.

It all starts with Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival from January the 27th with a 2 week celebration for the Lunar New Year & the Year Of The Rooster.

Over the past 20 years, the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia & 2017 will be no exception.

The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival program is packed with a diverse range of events. ARN activations will include KIIS 106.5 FM Lucky Lunar Lanterns while WS 101.7 FM’s Jonesy & Amanda (Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones & Amanda Keller) will be hitting the water as part of the celebrity Dragon Boat Racing event & taking the stage to sing one of their karaoke favourites at Massaoke.

ARN Chief Executive Officer, Tony Kendall, said “ARN are extremely proud to be partnering with the City Of Sydney & contributing to a calendar of great events across the year. KIIS 106.5 FM, WS 101.7 FM & The Edge 96.1 FM/Digital Radio Station are made for Sydney – we love the city’s diversity, spirit of adventure & culture”

“The program of events is the epitome of ‘So Sydney’ & the energy that is our #1 station, KIIS 106.5 FM, in particular. From the vibrant celebrations of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and of course, Sydney Christmas & Sydney New Year’s Eve, ARN is excited to partner with the City to create memorable experiences for the whole of Sydney & its community”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the partnership with ARN would open up more opportunities to promote some of Australia’s biggest events: “We are delighted to join with ARN for the next 3 years. This partnership will capitalise on ARN’s capacity to reach large audiences across the nation through their top-rating programs to promote our fantastic city & brilliant events”

ARN will also play a part in helping Sydney transform into a magical summer playground during the festive season with Christmas & New Year activations & experiences including KIIS 106.5 FM broadcasting live on New Year’s Eve making sure listeners don’t miss a minute of the action of Sydney’s ultimate celebration of the city.

For more details on the City Of Sydney, their events & programs, go to cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Media Release: Australian Radio Network

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Chinese New Year To Feature Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Projections For The 1st Time

This year’s Sydney Chinese New Year Festival will add pylon projections to the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the 1st time in the event’s history while there is also the possibility that Australia Day will have similar treatment but also with the Sydney Opera House!

For the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, the pylon projections will, other than the colour red, feature the Festival’s branding images such as an artist-inspired festival logo & an image of a rooster symbolising the Lunar New Year Of The Rooster.

In Chinese culture, the colour red symbolises good fortune & joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year & other holidays and family gatherings.

The Sydney Opera House in recent years has also been lit up red while last year, the Sydney Harbour Bridge featured red light-emitting diode lighting (similar to Vivid Sydney’s Dress Circle) for the 1st time along it’s catwalk & arches during the event.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge pylon projections would form part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival’s Painting The Town Red.

Also, the City Of Sydney is in talks with the New South Wales Government’s Department Of Premier & Cabinet to light up the Sydney Opera House & the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylons in the national colours of green & gold for Australia Day. Their inclusion is not confirmed at this stage.

Australia Day is on the 26th of January 2017 while the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival runs from the 27th of January to the 12th of February 2017 with the Painting The Town Red part of the latter event running until the 29th of January 2017 inclusive.

Sydney Spectaculars will be publishing it’s Season 2017 guide in the next week.

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Sydney Icons Light Up For Lunar New Year

The City Of Sydney & Westpac are Painting The Town Red – lighting some of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks bright red to mark the beginning of the City’s Chinese New Year Festival.

For 3 nights, 27-29 January, buildings across the city – including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House & Sydney Town Hall – will be lit up in the colour of happiness, good fortune & joy to ward off evil spirits in preparation for the Year Of The Rooster.

Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the illuminations were the perfect way to launch one of the world’s largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year.

“The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is the largest and most exciting Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia & lighting our iconic buildings lucky red will provide the perfect backdrop” the Lord Mayor said.

“Sydney will come alive from Friday the 27th of January welcoming the Year Of The Rooster with over 80 events including art, food, performance, workshops, dragon boat racing & much more”

The illuminations are supported by Sydney Chinese New Year Festival Principal Partner, Westpac, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2017.

“The City is pleased to be partnering with Westpac again for this year’s Festival & we congratulate them on their 200th anniversary. We encourage Sydneysiders & visitors alike to celebrate with us at the many special events, performances & exhibitions on show around the city” the Lord Mayor said.

In addition to the illuminations, Westpac will host a first of its kind Wall Of Fortune at Circular Quay that displays up to 600 Lunar New Year messages every minute on a giant screen measuring 2 metres tall & almost 8 metres wide.

Passers-by can capture their own Lunar New Year fortune by taking a photo of the screen & are encouraged to share their message on social media using #westpaclunar.

At Martin Place, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub will feature a 50-metre canopy of red lanterns, nightly disc jockeys and entertainment & food and drink offerings by Messina, Bao Stop & Taylor’s Pop-Up Bar. Visitors can learn to play one of the most popular Chinese games at The Star’s Mahjong Garden, while Messina will be giving away 200 free ice-creams a night for Westpac customers from 5pm.

On Friday the 3rd of February, the Hub will host a party to mark the 21st anniversary of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival with lion dances, community performances & live music. Visitors will be encouraged to join an enormous mass-karaoke sing-along with Massaoke.

Bernadette Inglis, Westpac’s Group General Manger For Retail & Premium Banks, said Westpac is excited to partner with the City Of Sydney for the 2nd year in a row to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

“Westpac is delighted to support the Lunar New Year celebrations & to wish the Chinese community success, prosperity and good luck in the Year Of The Rooster. We are looking forward to lighting up some of Sydney’s landmarks in red & getting involved in many of the wonderful events taking place around the city” said Miss Inglis.

Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival runs from the 27th of January to the 12th of February & features more than 80 events including the City’s Lunar Lanterns trail along the Sydney Harbour foreshore, Dragon Boat Races at Darling Harbour & Lunar Eats at restaurants across the city.

Westpac Activations

Painting The Town Red – at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Town Hall, State Library of New South Wales, Circular Quay Railway Station, Australian National Maritime Museum, David Jones Elizabeth Street Store & the Capitol Theatre with the support of Aladdin – The Musical. From the 27th to the 29th of January from 8pm until late.

Westpac Wall Of Fortune – at the northern end of East Circular Quay. From the 27th of January to the 12th of February, 10am to 10pm.

Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub – Martin Place between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets. All day, every day until the 12th of February.

The lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails is part of Painting The Town Red & is produced by the City Of Sydney in collaboration with Westpac & Sydney’s Chinese community through the Australian Council For The Promotion Of The Peaceful Reunification Of China.

For more information, visit sydneychinesenewyear.com or #CNYSYD.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

Shake A Tail Feather For The Year Of The Rooster

More than a million visitors will enjoy the sights, sounds & tastes of Asia when the city comes alive for the 2017 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival from the 27th of January to the 12th of February.

Sydney will strut its stuff & shake its tail feathers when it celebrates the Year Of The Rooster in one of the biggest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia.

City Of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the Festival has developed into an internationally renowned celebration of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai & Korean culture.

“Chinese astrology predicts that the Year Of The Rooster will be a powerful one & as it’s our 21st birthday, we really have something to crow about” said the Lord Mayor.

“From its humble beginnings in Chinatown, the Festival now extends all the way to Sydney Harbour & last year attracted 1.3 million people, making it the 3rd largest annual event in Sydney”

“Featuring the Lunar Lanterns & 80 traditional and contemporary events across Sydney, the 2017 Lunar New Year celebrations have something for everyone”

Visitors can follow the Lunar Lanterns trail around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to Dawes Point. 12 spectacular zodiac animal lanterns, designed by Australian-Chinese artists & varying in size up to 10 metres high, will line the foreshore for the entire 17 day festival”

Festival Curator, Claudia Chan Shaw. said the Lunar Lanterns walk will create a vibrant precinct around the harbour for visitors & families to explore.

“Following the enormous success of last year’s inaugural Lunar Lanterns exhibition, in 2017 we will introduce several new lanterns that will amaze & delight visitors” Claudia said.

“And being the Year Of The Rooster – an animal that loves being the centre of attention – there will be 2 hero Rooster lanterns, one at the Sydney Opera House and the other in the Festival’s cultural heart in Chinatown”

The City will collaborate with principal partner, Westpac, in lighting Sydney’s most famous landmarks in auspicious red for 3 nights to welcome the Year Of The Rooster from the 27th to the 29th of January. Painting The Town Red will highlight the sails of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay Railway Station, Sydney Town Hall & other Sydney landmarks.

Bernadette Inglis, Westpac’s General Manger For Retail & Premium Bank, said Westpac is excited to partner with the City Of Sydney for the 2nd year in a row to celebrate Lunar New Year.

“Westpac is thrilled to support the Lunar New Year celebrations & to recognise the incredible contribution the Chinese community makes to Australia. The Chinese community remains one of Westpac’s largest multicultural audiences. We are looking forward to seeing iconic Sydney landmarks lit up in red” said Ms Inglis.

At Martin Place, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub will feature a 50-metre canopy of red lanterns, food, drink, The Star Fortune Mahjong Garden & nightly disc jockeys and entertainment.

On Friday the 3rd of February, the Hub will host a party to mark the 21st birthday of the Festival in Sydney with lion dances, community dance performances, live music & an opportunity for everyone to join together in an enormous sing-along with ‘massaoke’.

More than 1000 performers from the Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese & Japanese communities from across Sydney will bring the City’s streets to life with hip hop, children’s performances, folk dance, martial arts, kung fu & traditional dance performances.

The popular community performance program will entertain audiences with pop-up style performances throughout the Festival on Friday & Saturday evenings in Customs House Square & Martin Place with more performances celebrating the Festival in Chinatown.

More than 80 associated events across Sydney will offer diverse celebrations of the Lunar New Year from singing karaoke at the top of the Harbour Bridge, to tea ceremonies, exploring the moon at Sydney Observatory, lantern workshops, photography exhibitions & renowned composer Tan Dun conducting the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.

Pyrmont Bay Park will be transformed into a pop-up food festival filled with Asian cuisine, live entertainment & culture.

The final weekend of the Festival – Saturday the 11th & Sunday the 12th of February – will feature the excitement & thrill of the dragon boat races. With origins dating back 2500 years to ancient China, 3000 paddlers will converge on Darling Harbour for the largest dragon boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Roosters are always active and happiest when surrounded by others & the 2017 festival will reflect this spirit with visitors able to enjoy a packed calendar of events, exhibitions, community performances, film screenings, tours, talks and delicious food” said Miss Chan Shaw.

“Sydney’s 21st Chinese New Year Festival will be lively, colourful, noisy & exciting – a dazzling celebration of culture, heritage & inspiring artistic talent that provides an opportunity to make your Lunar New Year experience as traditional or contemporary as you want”

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New ‘Lunar Lanterns’ Add Star Lights To Festival

4 spectacular new Zodiac lanterns will be part of the City Of Sydney’s 2017 Chinese New Year Festival celebrating The Year Of The Rooster.

The giant artworks, representing animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac, will join the Lunar Lanterns exhibition that featured as part of the 2016 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, which attracted 1.3 million visitors.

The new animal lanterns – a rooster, rat, pig & snake – will be located in key locations throughout the city from the 27th of January to the 12th of February 2017.

Interactive lighting & design architects, Amigo & Amigo, will design new concepts for the rooster & snake lanterns; Chinese-Australian artist, Guo Jian, will design the rat lantern while the pig lantern will be created by Beijing-born artist & sculptor, John Deng.

11th February 2016 - 'The Monkeys' at the Sydney Opera House during the City Of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival celebrations. Photo by DAMIAN SHAW/CITY OF SYDNEY
11th February 2016 – ‘The Monkeys’ at the Sydney Opera House during the City Of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival celebrations.
Photo by DAMIAN SHAW/CITY OF SYDNEY

Next year will be the 21st anniversary of the Festival and the 2nd year the City has exhibited Lunar Lanterns.

City Of Sydney Chief Executive Officer, Monica Barone, said the new lanterns will mean even more people can enjoy the 2017 Lunar Lanterns exhibition & Sydney Chinese New Year Festival celebrations.

“Our 1st ever Lunar Lanterns were a huge hit in 2016, attracting more than 750,000 visitors & providing more than 1000 community group members with the opportunity to perform at each lantern”

“These new lanterns will help us continue to build on what is one of the biggest & most successful Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia. I look forward to seeing the lantern designs by local artists”

11th February 2016 -City Of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival celebrations. Photo by DAMIAN SHAW/CITY OF SYDNEY
11th February 2016 -City Of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival celebrations. Photo by DAMIAN SHAW/CITY OF SYDNEY

Festival curator, Claudia Chan Shaw, said the City will work with artists to deliver the new lanterns.

“For more than 2000 years, the lantern has been an important part of Chinese New Year celebrations & the Lunar Lanterns exhibition is a modern, contemporary twist on this ancient tradition” Claudia said.

Lunar Lanterns will encourage more visitors into the city, providing a boost for local retailers as well as showcasing a variety of community performances & events throughout the 2017 Festival”

From its modest beginnings in 1995 as a community street market, the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia.

The Festival will include favourite events like The Dragon Boat Races at Darling Harbour, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub, the Westpac Painting The Town Red & an extensive associated program of more than 80 partner events.

Media Release: City Of Sydney

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

Sydney Harbour Bridge To Feature As Part Of Chinese New Year

Despite all the downside over light rail construction affecting Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival Twilight Parade over the coming years, there are plans to light the Sydney Harbour Bridge & several Circular Quay buildings red as part of Chinese New Year for the 1st time over the next 2 years.

In Chinese culture, the colour red symbolizes good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year & other holidays and family gatherings.

In July this year, an artist impression of the City Of Sydney’s ‘Lunar Lanterns‘ element for the 2016 Festival was released. This element was designed to make up for the cancellation of the Twilight Parade next year. In the artist impression, it featured the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit red with fireworks seemingly coming off it’s upper arch.

Lunar Lanterns‘ Artist Impression: Alexandra & Bradley Creative

Whilst the red lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was confirmed at the end of September with the issue of a tender request, the City Of Sydney said “At this stage, we don’t currently have plans for a fireworks display off the top of the Bridge.” when enquiring about the pyrotechnic portions of the artist impression.

This year, a small fireworks display off Dawes Point was held to signal the start of the Chinese New Year Festival with a main fireworks display held in Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour to conclude the Twilight Parade a few days later.

As part of now annual tradition, the Sydney Opera House will continue it’s recognition of the Chinese New Year Festival by lighting the western sails of the Sydney Opera House red again over the next 2 years.

The 2016 Chinese New Year Festival, which is to be held from Saturday 6 February to Sunday 21 February 2016, will celebrate the Year Of The Monkey. The launch of the Festival will occur later this month, where confirmation that the City is proceeding with the lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge & several Circular Quay buildings red is expected to be announced.