Lord Mayor of Sydney
This year marks the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival – an event that has grown to become the largest, most vibrant and exciting celebrations outside of China.
From its modest beginnings as a community street market, our Lunar New Year festivities are now one of the largest outside Asia. Embracing performance, art, fabulous food, dragon boat racing and much more, our celebrations have a distinct Sydney style, and have retained the strong community involvement that makes our festival so special.
This year, we are creating an illuminated path across our city, with our most iconic and beautiful locations lit up by giant lanterns representing the 12 signs of the lunar zodiac. Featuring the work of some of our most exciting artists, these lanterns bring a contemporary flavour to the traditional. They also give us the perfect opportunity to follow the trail across our city, as we take part in festivities that embrace the cultures of the many countries that observe the lunar calendar.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of our sister city relationship with Guangzhou, and we are delighted to welcome a delegation who will be taking part in our festivities.
I look forward to celebrating the Year of the Monkey together.
Kung Hei Fat Choy
Cr Robert Kok
Chair, Chinese New Year Advisory Group
The Monkey is renowned for its love of fun, making this the perfect year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival.
Under the guidance of Festival Curator Claudia Chan Shaw, our festivities bring together all the communities that observe the lunar calendar with celebrations for everyone to enjoy. Wander through the giant lanterns illuminating our city and feast on a New Year banquet, take part in a workshop, or delight in an exhibition or performance, as you welcome the Year of the Monkey with family and friends.
Kung Hei Fat Choy
H.E. Mr Huaxin Li
Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney (Ambassadorial Rank)
On the occasion of the 2016 Chinese New Year Festival, on behalf of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney, I wish to extend my sincere greetings and best wishes to Australian friends from all walks of life!
City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival showcases Sydney internationally as a dynamic, inclusive and multicultural metropolitan city and promotes the development of local tourism, hospitality and entertainment.
I wish the 2016 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival every success and may the Year of the Monkey bring peace, prosperity and good fortune to you all.
Last updated: Wednesday, 9 December 2015