23 – 29 January 2017

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The Sponsors and Supporters of the Chinese New Year Festival in Chinatown Melbourne are helping us express the culture and heritage of our community in Melbourne.

Whether first or fifth generation as Chinese Australians, the Festival reaffirms cultural identity and provides a showcase for people from other cultural background to experience and enjoy.

We thank our Sponsors and Supporters for their participation and enthusiasm.

MESSAGE FROM THE LORD MAYOR OF MELBOURNE

City of Melbourne

Welcome to the Melbourne Chinatown 2017 Chinese New Year festivities!

We invite you to gather in our historic Chinatown, which dates back to the 1850s, to celebrate Chinese cultural heritage and tradition right in the heart of our city.

There is so much for every generation to enjoy as Little Bourke Street and adjoining laneways come alive during the countdown to the Lunar New Year.

Come and join the party as Melburnians and visitors from afar gather with the Chinese community for a feast of cultural performances and splendid cuisine.

On the eve of the New Year, Family Day will bring relatives together for a special Family Reunion Dinner.

As the Year of the Rooster looms, we invite you to enjoy the outdoor cinema in Chinatown Square before the thrill of the countdown. As the year draws to a close, Lion dancers will ward off any malicious and unpleasant elements that might be lurking around.

Our very own Melbourne Big Dragon and the Gods of Prosperity, Wisdom and Longevity will then bless and usher in the New Year.

I wish you all a safe, prosperous and productive Year of the Rooster.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Robert Doyle
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER FOR MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

Multicultural Affairs

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It gives me great pleasure to send my best wishes to the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and the Chinese community of Victoria for the 2017 Chinese New Year.

Each year, thousands of Victorians come together to celebrate this significant occasion and to recognise the many wonderful contributions the Chinese community has mad to our successful multicultural society.

The Victorian Government is proud to support the Melbourne Chinatown 2017 Chinese New Year Festival – one of the biggest cultural events of the year.

I congratulate and thank the Melbourne Dai Loong Association for its dedication and commitment in organising this year’s festival, and wish all who attend an enjoyable celebration.

May the Year of the Rooster bring an abundance of joy, peace, good fortune and good health for our Chinese community and all Victorians.

The Hon Robin Scott MP
Minister for Multicultural Affairs

MESSAGE FROM CHINESE CONSULATE GENERAL IN MELBOURNE

Consul-General of the People’s republic of China in Melbourne

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On behalf of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, I am pleased to send my best wishes and warmest congratulations to the Melbourne Chinatown New Year Festival 2017. Taking this opportunity, I would also like to express sincere gratitude to all friends who have supported and contributed to the cordial cooperation between Victoria and China.

In 2016 the Victorian government released the latest version of its China Strategy, opening up even brighter prospect of this mutually-beneficial relationship. While keeping traditional friendship with Jiangsu, Victoria forged a sister-state relationship with Sichuan, one of China’s fastest-growing provinces. Now China remains as the largest trading partner, the largest source of international students and international tourism revenues of Victoria.

As Premier Daniel Andrews pointed out, Victoria’s relationship with China has gone beyond transactions, it’s about friendship and mutual trust. During this Spring Festival, we are embracing so many exciting events showcasing Chinese culture, among which is the Melbourne Chinese New Year Concert jointly organized by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a group of Chinese musicians led by Mr. Tan Dun. I hope the celebration of the Chinese New Year can provide a platform for the the Australian people to better understand and appreciate the Chinese culture and play an important role in deepening the friendship between our two peoples.

Wish everyone a happy and prosperous “ Year of the Rooster”.

Zhao Jian
Consul-General of the People’s republic of China in Melbourne

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON, VICTORIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION

Victorian Multicultural Commission

On behalf of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, I am delighted to send my best wishes to the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and the Chinese community of Victoria as we prepare to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year is a much anticipated highlight of Victoria’s cultural calendar and is celebrated with much enjoyment by both our Chinese community and the broader Victorian community. It is a wonderful example of how one significant community event can be appreciated by all Victorians.

The Melbourne Dai Loong Association and their team of volunteers do an incredible job of organising this much loved festival every year. I highly commend the organisation for their efforts in making the annual Chinese New Year celebrations a genuine success and for the important work you undertake on behalf of our Victorian Chinese community.

I wish the Dai Loong Association a wonderful festival and all of our Chinese community a very peaceful, happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster.

Sincerely,

Helen Kapalos
Chairperson

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