There’s plenty of celebrations in Melbourne this weekend to be enjoyed by one and all. China Town in Bourke Street is full of activity and colour, with roving musicians, artists and performers bringing to life traditional figures from Chinese mythology and performing traditional Chinese music.
On Sunday 14th February at 11am the Official Opening of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival will be held on the stage at the corner of Russell and Little Bourke Streets, followed by a cultural performance program into the evening.
Melbourne’s Dai Loong Dragon emerges from the Chinese Museum at 11.30am and 1pm thrilling onlookers as it heralds the commencement of the Spring Festival. The Dragon will wind its way through Chinatown amidst much cheering and excitement. The streets of Chinatown will be alive with a cacophony of rhythmic drumming as Chinese Lions also bring in the New Year, visiting the businesses of Chinatown to give their blessings at 11.00am and 6.00pm.
Russell Street, where TANG The Asian Food Emporium is situated, will also be awash with vibrancy, with hawker stalls offering traditional Chinese New Year treats from11.00am to 9.00pm. You can also attend craft workshops, learn about feng shui, calligraphy, mah jong and pick up some new recipes at cooking demonstrations. In the evening dance to Pop Asia DJ and join in the celebrations with Chinese dancers and singers on stage on the Main Stage corner Russell and Lonsdale Streets, at 6.00pm and 9.00pm. Call in to TANG at 185 Russell Street and say hello, open until 11pm.