2-14 FEBRUARY 2016

Major Sponsors

major sponsors
  • GOD OF PROSPERITY VISITATIONS

    GOD OF PROSPERITY VISITATIONS

    Tue 2 – Thu 4 Feb
    The Emporium Melbourne is pleased to offer shoppers, visitors and tourists with an exclusive opportunity to visit the “Gods of Prosperity” in centre!
    Emporium Melbourne
    Every day
    Free

  • QUEENSLAND DRAGON: CHINESE IN THE NORTH

    QUEENSLAND DRAGON: CHINESE IN THE NORTH

    During February 2016
    A century ago, Chinese migrants constituted 20 to 30 percent of the population of north Queensland’s major towns……
    Chinese Museum
    Prices Apply

  • MEDIA LAUNCH – CHINATOWN MELBOURNE 2016 CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

    MEDIA LAUNCH – CHINATOWN MELBOURNE 2016 CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

    Fri 5 Feb
    The 2-week program of events will be unveiled and celebrations will commence on the weekend, right here, right in the heart of Melbourne Chinatown
    Throughout Chinatown.
    11.30am
    Free

  • ROVING PERFORMERS

    ROVING PERFORMERS

    Sat 6 – Sun 14 Feb
    By day, roving musicians, artists and performers take to the streets of Chinatown.
    Throughout Chinatown.
    Every day
    Free

  • HOW MANY FORTUNE COOKIES?

    HOW MANY FORTUNE COOKIES?

    Sat 6th – Sun 14th Feb
    Try guessing how many bananas and fortune cookies there are in the towers located in the shopping arcades in Chinatown!
    Telstra cnr Bourke & Swanston St., Target Centre, 222 Bourke St. and 206 Bourke Street Shopping Centre

  • MAKE A CHILDREN’S DRAGON MURAL

    MAKE A CHILDREN’S DRAGON MURAL

    Sun 7th Feb
    Visit the Chinese Museum, see the Chinese Dragons and make a Dragon scale for the Children’s Dragon Mural.
    Chinese Museum
    12.00 noon to 4.00pm
    Free with family admission, Free for RACV members

  • CHILDREN’S MARTIAL ARTS AND LION DANCE LESSONS

    CHILDREN’S MARTIAL ARTS AND LION DANCE LESSONS

    Sun 7th Feb
    Learn martial arts, lion dance, and Chinese traditional dance. From 6-12 years.
    Uniting Church, Lonsdale St.
    1.00pm to 3.00pm
    $10.00 per child

  • CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR STAGE

    CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR STAGE

    Sun 7th Feb
    A children’s participatory program of Chinese legends through dance and song.
    Cohen Place
    5.00pm to 6.00pm
    Free

  • CHINESE NEW YEAR TRADITIONAL TREATS

    CHINESE NEW YEAR TRADITIONAL TREATS

    Sun 7th Feb
    Many Chinese food dishes have special meaning for Chinese New Year…
    Cohen Place
    12.00 noon to 12.00 midnight
    Purchase from food stalls

  • THE LANTERN WISHING TREE

    THE LANTERN WISHING TREE

    Sun 7th Feb
    Buy a Lantern, make a New Year wish and hang it in Chinatown’s Wishing Tree.
    Cohen Place
    8.00pm
    Free

  • CHINATOWN SQUARE LIGHTING

    CHINATOWN SQUARE LIGHTING

    Sun 7th Feb
    The Chinatown Square is illuminated setting the scene for Year of the Monkey celebrations.
    The Chinatown Square
    Late Till Midnight
    Free

  • CHINESE NEW YEAR’S EVE FEAST

    CHINESE NEW YEAR’S EVE FEAST

    Sun 7th Feb
    Celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve with a special outdoor dining experience in the ambience of Chinatown.
    Cnr Exhibition and Lt Bourke St.
    6.00pm to 11.00pm
    A la Carte Menu

  • OUTDOOR CINEMA

    OUTDOOR CINEMA

    Sun 7th Feb
    A bean bag theatre springs to life in Chinatown Square with Asian short films screening from dusk to CHINATOWN COUNTDOWN.
    Cohen Place
    8.30pm to 11.00pm
    Free

  • CHINATOWN COUNTDOWN

    CHINATOWN COUNTDOWN

    Sun 7th Feb
    The traditional lion dancers bring in the Lunar New Year – Year of the Monkey.
    Cohen Place
    11.30pm and 12.00 midnight
    Free

  • MASTERCHEF 2016 CHINATOWN CHINESE NEW YEAR

    MASTERCHEF 2016 CHINATOWN CHINESE NEW YEAR

    Mon 8th Feb
    MasterChef Contestants will visit Chinatown Square on Monday 8 Feb 2016 to tackle a challenge celebrating Chinese New Year.
    Cohen Place
    7.30pm and 10.00pm
    To be advised on the evening of event

  • CHINATOWN COMMUNITY DINNER

    CHINATOWN COMMUNITY DINNER

    Thu 11th Feb
    This community celebrates Chinese New Year in 2016 and their continuous community bond of over 160 years.
    Secret Kitchen Restaurant, 222 Exhibition St.
    7.00pm
    A ticketed event for the Chinatown Community

  • LIGHTING HERITAGE BUILDINGS

    LIGHTING HERITAGE BUILDINGS

    From Fri 12th Feb 2016 Ongoing
    The Precinct’s evening ambience will be enhanced with lighting of a number of Chinatown’s historic buildings arranged through the City of Melbourne’s design department.
    Throughout Chinatown
    Free

  • CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    Sun 14th Feb
    The Official Opening of Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival takes place on stage followed by a cultural performance program into the evening.
    Cnr. Russell and Lt Bourke Sts.
    11.00am and 10.00pm

  • CHINESE NEW YEAR DRAGON PARADE

    CHINESE NEW YEAR DRAGON PARADE

    Sun 14th Feb
    Melbourne’s Dai Loong emerges from the Chinese Museum with onlookers in awe truly heralding the commencement of the Spring Festival.
    Throughout Chinatown
    11.30am and 1.00pm
    Free

  • FO GUANG SHAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND DISPLAY

    FO GUANG SHAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND DISPLAY

    Sun 14th Feb
    Visit the temple established by Fo Guang Shan to give your blessings to Buddha on your visit to the Festival in Chinatown.
    Chinatown Car Park, Lt Bourke St.
    11.00am and 4.00pm

  • CHINESE LIONS

    CHINESE LIONS

    Sun 14th Feb
    The streets are awash with a cacophony of rhythmic drumming as Chinese Lions bring in the New Year by blessing the businesses of Chinatown.
    Throughout Chinatown
    11.00am and 6.00pm

  • ASIAN DELIGHTS

    ASIAN DELIGHTS

    Sun 14th Feb
    Quality hawker stalls and produce stores will span Russell Street, offering traditional Chinese New Year treats and other treats.
    Russell St.
    11.00am to 9.00pm

  • WITH LOVE FROM CHINATOWN

    WITH LOVE FROM CHINATOWN

    Sun 14th Feb
    Valentines day coincides with Chinese New Year Celebrations on
    this day.
    Russell St.
    11.00am and 8.00pm

  • CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    Sun 14th Feb
    Free entry when you visit the Chinese Museum on Sunday 14 February. See 5 floors of Chinese Australian history from early Gold Rush Australia to the present day.
    Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Pl, VIC 3000
    1.00pm and 5.00pm

  • MAKE A CHILDREN’S DRAGON MURAL

    MAKE A CHILDREN’S DRAGON MURAL

    Sun 14th Feb
    Visit the Chinese Museum, see the Chinese Dragons and make a scale for the Children’s Dragon Mural. (Parent supervision required).
    Chinese Museum, Cohen Pl. Melbourne
    2.00pm to 4.00pm
    $5.00 per Child

  • FREE CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

    FREE CULTURAL WORKSHOPS

    Sun 14th Feb
    Feng shui, calligraphy mah jong, cooking demonstrations and craft workshops provide insights into Chinese customs and pastimes.
    Russell St. Melbourne
    11.00am and 5.00pm

  • CELEBRATIONS INTO THE NIGHT

    CELEBRATIONS INTO THE NIGHT

    Sun 14th Feb
    Pop Asia DJ and dancers take to the stage early evening followed by Chinese dancers and singers on stage celebrating into the night.
    Main Stage Cnr. Russell and Lonsdale St.
    6.00pm and 9.00pm