23 – 29 January 2017

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  • GOD OF PROSPERITY VISITATIONS

    GOD OF PROSPERITY VISITATIONS

    Mon 23 – Sun 29 Jan
    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

  • ROVING PERFORMERS

    ROVING PERFORMERS

    Mon 23 – Sun 29 Jan
    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?

    Mon 23rd – Sun 29th Jan
    Try guessing how many fortune cookies there are in the towers located in the shopping arcades in Chinatown.
    206 Bourke Street Shopping Centre

  • CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR STAGE

    CHILDREN’S OUTDOOR STAGE

    Fri 27th Jan
    A children’s participatory program of Chinese legends through dance and song.
    Cohen Place
    5.00pm to 11.30pm
    Free

  • THE LANTERN WISHING TREE

    THE LANTERN WISHING TREE

    Fri 27th Jan
    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

    Fri 27th Jan
    The Chinatown Square is illuminated setting the scene for Year of the Rooster celebrations.
    The Chinatown Square
    Late Till Midnight
    Free

  • OUTDOOR CINEMA

    OUTDOOR CINEMA

    Fri 27th Jan
    A bean bag theatre springs to life in Chinatown Square with Asian short films screening from dusk to CHINATOWN COUNTDOWN.
    Cohen Place
    5.00pm to 11.00pm
    Free

  • CHINATOWN COUNTDOWN

    CHINATOWN COUNTDOWN

    Fri 27th Jan
    The traditional lion dancers bring in the Lunar New Year – Year of the Rooster.
    Cohen Place
    11.30pm and 12.00 midnight
    Free

  • CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING

    Sun 29th Jan
    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

  • DRAGON PARADE DAY AND MAIN FESTIVAL DAY CELEBRATIONS

    DRAGON PARADE DAY AND MAIN FESTIVAL DAY CELEBRATIONS

    Sun 29th Jan 2017
    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 29th Jan
    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 29th Jan
    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 29th Jan
    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

  • COMPETITIONS

    COMPETITIONS

    Sun 29th Jan
    Chicken Painting, Dumpling Eating, Fortune Cookie Guessing, Waitpersons’ Race, and more…
    Russell St.
    11.00am and 9.00pm

  • CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY

    Sun 29th Jan
    Free entry when you visit the Chinese Museum on Sunday 29 January. 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 29th Jan
    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 29th Jan
    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 29th Jan
    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

  • HAN DYNASTY – LIFE EVERLASTING EXHIBITION

    HAN DYNASTY – LIFE EVERLASTING EXHIBITION

    Mon 23 – Sun 29 Jan
    While the power of Roman Empire was rising in the West, the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) founded the Eastern……
    Chinese Museum
    Prices Apply

  • AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS IN CHINATOWN SQUARE

    AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS IN CHINATOWN SQUARE

    Fri 27th Jan
    Watch a live broadcast of Australian Open, Men’s semi-final in Chinatown Square.
    Cohen Place
    5.00pm to 7.00pm
    Free