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 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2016.

Lunar Lanterns is part of the new program, and it 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 6–14 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 nine 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, 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 which will run from 6–21 February. The festival will include favourite events like the Dragon Boat races, Lunar Feasts and more than 70 associated events.

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 in Sydney’s calendar.

Last updated: Monday, 2 March 2015