MESSAGE FROM THE LORD MAYOR OF MELBOURNE
Welcome to the Melbourne Chinatown 2019 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 celebratory Family Reunion Dinner.
As the Year of the Pig looms, we invite you to enjoy the outdoor cinema in Chinatown Square before the thrill of the countdown. There are lucky spot prizes to be given away each hour until midnight. Watch on as Lion dancers 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 Pig.
Happy Chinese New Year!
MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER
The Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival has certainly cemented its place in Australia’s cultural landscape. From celebrations held by Chinese settlers more than 160 years ago, it has grown to become a much-anticipated annual event and an integral part of our nation’s multicultural calendar.
Our nation is proud of the economic, cultural and political ties we share with China, strengthened by the contributions of those of Chinese descent in Australia.
Over its history, the Festival has served as an important showcase of traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities, as well as an affirmation of our success as a multicultural nation.
All Australians should cherish our diverse and harmonious society, and stand together in support of the hard-won freedoms that allow us to live together in peace. As the ‘Father of Federation’, Sir Henry Parkes, expressed more than a century ago, it is “all the fruits of the culture of the world” that give our nation strength.
With these thoughts in mind, and in a warm spirit of friendship, I send my best wishes to everyone attending this year’s Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival and hope you have a wonderful celebration.
The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia
MESSAGE FROM LEADER OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION
It gives me great pleasure to send my well wishes to everyone attending the 2019 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival.
This year we celebrate the Year of the Pig which occupies the last (or twelfth) position on the Chinese zodiac. The Pig traditionally symbolises fortune, luck and success in all spheres of life. It is often said that people born in the Year of the Pig are fun-loving, happy, trusting and brave.
Lunar New Year is a significant celebration for Chinese Australians – a chance to reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward with optimism and hope to a new year of health and happiness.
From Melbourne’s iconic Chinatown district and right across the city centre, residents and visitors will get to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of the Chinese New Year festivities.
The variety of cultures in Australia contributes to the beautiful mosaic of diverse ethnicities and traditions that make our country the wonderful place it is today.
We are fortunate that so many Chinese families have built their lives here in Australia, and chosen to join their stories to the Australian story.
On behalf of the Federal Labor Party, I want to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of the Australian Chinese community.
To everyone who has worked to make this Festival possible, congratulations and thank you. I wish you well for the New Year ahead, with all the excitement and opportunity it brings.
Leader of the Opposition
MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER
It is impossible to tell the story of Victoria without the many contributions made by our Chinese communities.
The Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival celebrates those contributions and celebrates one of the most important days in our state’s multicultural calendar.
Every year, this Festival goes from strength to strength. I know that this year – the Year of the Earth Pig – will continue this tradition.
I commend the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and its team of volunteers for bringing this important festival to life year after year, and for everything you do to make Victoria stronger, more open, and more inclusive.
And to every Victorian, I hope that the Year of the Pig brings you and your loved ones the best of luck and the best of health.
The Hon Daniel Andrews MP
MESSAGE FROM THE LEADER OF THE STATE OPPOSITION
I am delighted to extend my warmest greetings to Melbourne Dai Leong Association Inc., Chinatown Precinct Association and Victoria’s Chinese community as it comes together to mark the Year of the Pig.
The Chinese New Year is a welcome occasion for all Victorians to experience Chinese cultural traditions , and to reflect on the immense contribution our Chinese community has made to the State.
The Chinese New Year Festival is a popular expression of Victoria’s remarkable cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.
Right across Melbourne , our diverse communities play host to an array of spectacular New Year festivities , giving all Victorians the opportunity to come together and participate in one of our great cultural traditions.
This is also a time to celebrate with family , reflect on the year, and look to the future with renewed energy.
I would like to commend the Melbourne Dai Leong Association Inc. and the Chinatown Precinct Association for its hard work and energy in hosting this festival and for its contribution to Victoria ‘s diverse communities.
On behalf of the Liberal Nationals , I offer my most sincere wishes to all for good fortune , good health, and happiness in the Year of the Pig.
The Hon Michael O’brien MP
Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Liberal Party
Shadow Minister for Small Business
State Member for Malvern