12 Feb – 2 March 2018

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CHINATOWN SQUARE LIGHTING & CHINESE NEW YEAR WISHING TREE Monday, 12 February to 2 March 2018 The Chinatown Square is illuminated, setting the scene for the Year of the Dog celebrations. The gingko tree is brightly decorated with the lanterns and various Chinese New Year decorative memorabilia.
OUTDOOR CINEMA Thursday, 15 February 2018 6.00 p.m. to 12.15 a.m An outdoor theatre springs to life at Fed Square, with an Asian film, screening from dusk to CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN.
CHINESE NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN Thursday, 15 February 2018 6.00 p.m. to 12.15 a.m. Come gather at the Fed Square … along with the DJs who will warm up the crowd with New Year competitions and riddles for onlookers whilst the local and international artists and performers come out into the streets and stage.
PING PONG DIPLOMACY Thursday and Friday, 15 and 16 February 2018 Experience the ooh and ahhs as Melbourne celebrities take on the ping pong challenge of this former British parlour game that helped heal US-China relations in the 1970s. Play on the public tables, challenge your friends and take the crown of ping pong master. Sponsored By: Swisse Wellness and Melbourne Central
FLEMINGTON GREAT HORSE RACE DAY Saturday, 17 February 2018 11.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. This Chinese New Year, immerse yourself in an unforgettable cultural Melbourne experience at Flemington’s Great Horse Race Day. An impressive line-up of Asia-inspired hawker style food offerings will be set against the backdrop of world-class horse racing.
CHINATOWN TOP OF THE TOWN YUM CHA Sunday, 18 February 2018 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Email booking: info@melbournechinesenewyear.com Or telephone: 0416 878 638 for your booking. To confirm your seating, bookings must be prepaid. $36/per head (Drinks not included). Booking essential. Limited seats.
CHINESE NEW YEAR MELBOURNE MILLENNIUM DAI LOONG DRAGON PARADE Sunday, 18 February 2018 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. In a cacophony of rhythmic drumming, the Chinese Lions bless the businesses of Chinatown. Melbourne’s very own Dai Loong emerges from the Chinese Museum with onlookers in awe, truly heralding the commencement of this Spring Festival.
CHINESE MUSEUM OPEN DAY Sunday, 18 February 2018 12.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Free entry when you visit the Chinese Museum on Sunday 18 February. See 5 floors of Chinese Australian history from early goldrush Australia to present day. Featuring Han Dynasty Exhibition - the origins of Chinese culture over 2000 years ago.
CHINESE MUSEUM TREASURE HUNT Sunday, 18 February 2018 12.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Families and children can pick up a Zheng He Treasure Hunt Map at the front desk ($5.00 per child), find the answers to the map around the Chinese Museum and win a prize!
DOG DAY AFTERNOON PARADE Sunday, 25 February 2018 11.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Email booking: info@melbournechinesenewyear.com Or telephone: 0416 878 638 for your booking. To confirm your seating, bookings must be prepaid. $36/per head (Drinks not included). Booking essential. Limited seats.
CENTRE STAGE – CHINATOWN FESTIVAL OFFICIAL OPENING Sunday 18th February 11.00am and 10.00pm The Official Opening of Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival takes place on stage followed by a cultural performance program into the evening.
CELEBRATIONS INTO THE NIGHT Sunday 18th February 6.00pm and 9.00pm Pop Asia DJ and dancers take to the stage early evening followed by Chinese dancers and singers on stage celebrating into the night.
FO GUANG SHAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND DISPLAY Sunday 18th February 11.00am to 4.00pm Visit the temple established by Fo Guang Shan to give your blessings to Buddha on your visit to the Festival in Chinatown.
ASIAN DELIGHTS Sunday 18th February 11.00am to 9.00pm Quality hawker stalls and produce stores will span Russell Street, offering traditional Chinese New Year treats and other treats.
HOW MANY FORTUNE COOKIES Monday 12 February – Friday 2nd March Try guessing how many fortune cookies there are in the towers located in the shopping arcades in Chinatown.
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