MESSAGE FROM THE LORD MAYOR OF MELBOURNE

Sally Capp

The City of Melbourne is delighted to support the inaugural Melbourne Chinatown Multicultural Celebration through its Event Partnership Program.

Our historic Chinatown precinct dates to the gold rush of the 1850s and is one of the oldest surviving Chinatown streetscapes in Australia.

We are thrilled to still be gathering amid all that history as we celebrate the vibrant contribution of our Asian, African and European communities to our city.

Join us for a day filled with multicultural performances, traditional food, roving magicians, museum tours, craft sessions and lion dance performances, all against the backdrop of our beaming, lantern-lit Chinatown laneways.

We commend the teams at Melbourne Dai Loong Association and the Chinatown Precinct Association for working hard to bring this celebration to life and ensuring we remain the undisputed events capital of Australia.

Sally Capp

Lord Mayor

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Happy Lunar New Year! May the warmth and welcome of this festival bring joy to all.

Australia is fortunate to share in a calendar of festivals from around the world. From new year to mid-autumn and winter to spring, we celebrate together with enthusiasm.

Lunar New Year is no exception. Across different cultures and traditions, generations of Australians have looked forward to this special time. Its distinctive sights and sounds invite us to honour the past and welcome a new season of peace and prosperity.

Australia is the most successful multicultural nation on earth. As we have welcomed communities from around the world, our country has grown in openness and maturity.

The energy and confidence of the Australian Chinese community has long been a gift to our nation. The joyful traditions of your Lunar New Year festival fill the streets of our cities and towns with inspiration and hope for the future.

Australians are hard to beat when it comes to unity in the face of a challenge. Our strength as a nation lies in our tolerance, respect for human dignity and dedication to the freedoms of our democracy.

Our Australian way has sustained us throughout this pandemic — one of the toughest times our country has endured in recent history.

This Lunar New Year, let’s celebrate our support for each other — working to keep all Australians safe, strong and together.

In the spirit of the zodiac, may we enter this new year with the courage, enthusiasm and self-confidence of a tiger.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION OF AUSTRALIA

Anthony Albanese MP

It is with great pleasure I wish you a happy Lunar New Year. Just as it is an important festivity on
the Chinese calendar, it has also become a much-loved highlight of the Australian summer.

The core themes of the Year of the Tiger include strength, exorcising evils, and courage – and
what very welcome and timely themes they are. Each of them will stand us in good stead as we
emerge from this time of pandemic, begin the recovery, and start shaping our brighter future.

I would also like to acknowledge the success and dedication of Chinese communities in
Australia. The history of Chinese migration to Australia is as rich as it is diverse – you have truly
made the most of this country and all of its opportunities.

You are such an integral part of what Australia has become as a modern nation. I know this time
of pandemic has been particularly tough on Chinese-Australians – often bearing the brunt of
misplaced blame, discrimination and racism. Those attitudes have no place in our Australian
community – but you do. You are an integral part of the great Australian picture. I want you to
know the Australian Labor Party stands with you.

On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I wish you all good health, success, luck, happiness and
prosperity for the Year of the Tiger. After all the challenges of 2021, may your celebrations be a
joyous sign that our best days are ahead of us.

Anthony Albanese MP

Leader of the Australian Labor Party

MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF VICTORIA

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

Welcome to the Inaugural Melbourne Chinatown Celebration.

This is what Victoria is all about.

Celebrating and enjoying cultures from around the world – Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Malaysian – all of which have a home here in Victoria.

As we open back up to the world, this celebration is an opportunity for all Victorians to head into the city – to eat, shop, be entertained and take in all that Chinatown has to offer.

I’d like to give my special thanks to the Dai Loong Association and the Chinatown Precinct Association for their hard work in bringing this magnificent event together.

I hope every Victorian enjoys this wonderful celebration of the many cultures and traditions that make Victoria the diverse and strong place we are today.

The Hon Daniel Andrews MP

Premier

MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

The Hon Matthew Guy MP

| am delighted to send my best wishes to Victoria’s Chinese community as it comes together to mark the inaugural Melbourne Chinatown Multicultural Celebration, 2022.

The onset of COVID-19 has brought challenges and difficulties for many in our community, especially the most vulnerable members. This celebration will allow us to reconnect, engage, and celebrate the things that unite us as a community and make us the world’s most harmonious society.

The Melbourne Chinatown Multicultural Celebration will nurture a spirit of friendship, acceptance and belonging, values that shape the cosmopolitan character of our State and make Victoria more resilient and adaptable to an increasingly dynamic and interconnected global community.

A harmonious, well-functioning multicultural society requires a genuine appreciation of each other’s differences — our life journeys and experiences, the beliefs and customs we hold dear — and what we can all contribute to Victoria.

| thank Victoria’s Chinese community for the enormous contribution it continues to make to the life and prosperity of our State.

| commend the Chinatown Precinct Association and the Melbourne Dai Loong Association for organising this fantastic festival and for the work that you continue to do in sharing the rich Chinese culture and heritage with all Victorians,

| wish everyone a happy celebration and a long and prosperous future.

The Hon Matthew Guy MP

Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party
Shadow Minister for Small Business
State Member for Malvern

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER FOR MULTICULURAL AFFAIRS OF VICTORIA

The Hon Ros Spence MP

It is with great pleasure that I send my congratulations to the Chinatown Precinct Association and the Melbourne Dai Loong Association for its 2022 Melbourne Chinatown Multicultural Celebrations.

I sincerely thank these two associations for their service to the Chinese community in Victoria and for generously enabling us to share in this vibrant and ancient culture. Chinatown itself has been a hub for Chinese migrants since 1851 and remains a centre for entrepreneurship and discovery for both Victorians and visitors from around the world.
As we come together again to celebrate after what has certainly been a difficult time, I wish all involved with this wonderful event the very best as you reopen your doors and rekindle business relationships and friendships.

In doing so, you provide Victorians with the opportunity to engage again with the Chinese community which is an essential part of Victoria’s multicultural success story, and play an important role in the rejuvenation of Victoria after the pandemic.

I thank all Chinese Victorians for the enormous contribution they make to the social, economic and cultural prosperity of our state and wish you all a joyous celebration.

The Hon Ros Spence MP

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON OF VICTORIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION

Ms Vivienne Nguyen

On behalf of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, I would like to commend the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and the Chinatown Precinct Association for organising the inaugural Melbourne Chinatown Multicultural Celebrations.

We hope that all people who attend the festivities enjoy the wonderful celebration of Chinese culture that has been so skilfully – and collectively – organised.

This celebration not only takes place at Melbourne’s Chinatown, but is in fact a celebration of that iconic Melbourne destination – the oldest Chinatown in Australia with an almost 170-year history.

Chinatown began as an area where the Chinese community could gather as business owners, customers, faith groups, family, and friends. It is wonderful to see that Chinatown continues to provide that space for many people in Melbourne and indeed the whole of Victoria. Today’s celebration is evidence of the longevity and
strength of this community, especially following a challenging two years for
businesses owners.

I am proud of and grateful for the Chinese community’s enormous efforts in looking after each other, rising above racism and bouncing back strongly across all aspects of society. The Commission is so thankful for the positivity and unity shown by Victoria’s Chinese and Chinese speaking communities throughout the pandemic.

Chinatown played an important role in establishing Victoria as a proud multicultural state. What began as a collective of primarily Chinese traders, now boasts traders from many cultural backgrounds including Korean, Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporean, and even German. It is wonderful that this history of inclusion has been reflected in the diversity of people invited to take part in the celebrations today.

We are grateful that we can now come together in-person for cultural events like this. I hope this event is the first of many, and a showcase of pride, resilience, and joy at this important cultural landmark. It is my honour to be part of it.

Ms Vivienne Nguyen

Chair of Victorian Multicultural Commission

MESSAGE FROM THE CHINESE CONSULATE GENERAL IN MELBOURNE

LONG Zhou

On the occasion of the traditional Chinese New Year, I wish to extend, on behalf of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, my best wishes and warmest festive greetings to the Chinese community in Victoria. I also wish to take this opportunity to express sincere my thanks to all those who have supported and contributed to the friendship between Victoria and China.

Celebration of the Chinese New Year is an iconic tradition of the Chinese culture, which promotes friendship, harmony, peace and prosperity. Started by the Chinese community, the Chinese New Year celebrations in Victoria have been widely enjoyed by people across the state for decades. It has become a highlight on Victoria’s multicultural calender, a showcase of the vitality of the Chinese community and a symbol of Victoria-China friendship.

I am delighted to learn that the 2022 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival will embrace a series of exciting events showcasing the Chinese culture. I hope these festivities will promote greater mutual understanding and appreciation among different communities in Victoria and further deepen the friendship between the Australian and Chinese people.

I wish the 2022 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival a complete success and wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Tiger!

LONG Zhou

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