Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Year of the Monkey

Spectacular giant lanterns representing animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac will take over some of Sydney’s most popular locations as part of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2016, with the City and Transport for NSW working collaboratively to deliver the best possible experience.

Lunar Lanterns is part of the new program, and is the first exhibition of its kind in Australia to mark the 20th anniversary of the festival and its evolution from a small community event to the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside China.

Lunar Lanterns is a contemporary take on a centuries-old tradition, with some lanterns standing multiple stories high, located throughout the city from Circular Quay to Chinatown from 6 to 14 February 2016.

Lanterns will flank the entrance to Circular Quay, transform the business heart of Martin Place and illuminate the bustling streets of Chinatown, allowing everyone to follow the trail to find their zodiac sign and bringing the summer nights to life in a uniquely Australian celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Groups from Asian communities will be invited to perform and take part in activities at each lantern location over the 9 days and nights, giving them an opportunity to celebrate and showcase their cultures.

Following the enormous success of the Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at Dawes Point in February 2015, Lunar Lanterns will take Sydney’s Chinese New Year to the next level, and is expected to increase visitation across the city during the festival.

Lunar Lanterns will be one of the highlight events of Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebrations with the festival running from 6 to 21 February. The festival will include favourite events like the Dragon Boat races, Lunar Feasts and more than 70 associated events.

Plans for 2016 are still being finalised but the City and TfNSW are in discussion about a festival launch featuring live entertainment, performances by community groups and crowd favourites – lion and dragon dances.

The City is also planning a series of events to mark the 30th anniversary of Sydney’s sister-city relationship with Guangzhou.

The festival now attracts more than 600,000 visitors to more than 80 events across the city, also making it one of the most popular events on Sydney’s calendar.

Last updated: Wednesday, 4 November 2015