Whats on in Sydney
Sydney is a beautiful city and a fantastic place to explore. With its eye-opening art, theatre and exhibitions, world class sporting events, amazing nightlife and cultural events, and stunning harbours and beaches, there is truly something for everyone.
Chinese New Year Festival
20 January - 5 February 2012
In the Chinese calendar 2012 is the year of the dragon. What does that mean for Sydney? A spectacular festival that will light up our skies and our taste buds. For 2 weeks Sydney explodes with colour, cuisine and culture, featuring arts, entertainment, food markets and dragon boat races.
The festival’s centre point is undoubtedly the spectacular Chinese New Year Twilight Parade on Sunday 29 January. This year the magical parade will weave its way, dragon-style, under the beauty of an evening sky illuminated by giant projections on Sydney's buildings. Experience pre-parade entertainment, including street art, dancers and acrobats, and as dusk descends, a giant dragon head leading the Parade through our city.
Delight in the homage to the many Chinese restaurants named after the dragon, with cooking utensils, yum cha trolleys and plate spinners. Discover the different representations of this mythical beast in Asian and Western cultures, thrill to the Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon tribute, and swing back in time to the famous Dragon Balls held in Sydney’s Trocadero during the 1930s to 1950s.
Visitors from Chengdu, China, are bringing a giant panda float, singers and dancers. There are also groups from Beijing, fabulous floats from local Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities, lanterns, fire breathing and martial arts – all winding their way back to the last float of all, the dragon’s tail.
With conveniently located accommodation in Sydney CBD, Mercure Sydney Hotel is perfectly located within an easy stroll to Chinatown, meaning you can experience the excitement of the festival within minutes.
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 - Permalink