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 MINISTER FOR MULTICULURAL AFFAIRS

The Hon Richard Wynne MP

I congratulate the Melbourne Dai Loong Association for its hard work in making the 2020 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival come to life.

This much-anticipated festival celebrates the best of Chinese culture, including its splendid cuisine and the iconic traditional lion dance.

Chinese New Year is a special time for family and friends to come together to spread joy and share in good fortune.

This occasion is also a time to acknowledge and celebrate Victoria’s 370,000 strong Chinese community who have contributed so much to our proud multicultural state.

I wish everyone attending a wonderful Chinese New Year celebration.

May the Year of the Rat bring you good luck and happiness.

The Hon Richard Wynne MP

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - CITY OF MELBOURNE

Justin Hanney

Chinatown again provides a spectacular backdrop as Melburnians come together to celebrate Chinese New Year – a time for joyful family reunions and wishing each other a prosperous year ahead.

Seeing this area come alive is a reminder of our strong and deep connection with the Chinese community, and how this thriving relationship has helped shape Melbourne for generations. Today more than half of all our residents are born overseas, the largest number of which are from China. We also enjoy a special bond with our sister city Tianjin.

Over the next fortnight we have the chance to celebrate this connection and to enjoy important time together. Crowds will embrace the dragon parade, free entertainment and so much more. I off er my sincerest thanks to everyone involved in bringing the festival to life.

On behalf of the staff at the City of Melbourne I wish you all happiness, health and good fortune.

Xin Nian Hao and Gong Hei Fat Choy!

Justin Hanney

Chief Executive Officer - City of Melbourne

MESSAGE FROM THE CHINESE CONSULATE GENERAL IN MELBOURNE

Long Zhou

On behalf of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, I wish to extend my best wishes and warm congratulations to the 2020 Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival. I’d also like to take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to all friends who have supported and contributed to the dynamic cooperation between Victoria and China.

As a highlight of Victoria’s multicultural calendar, Chinese New Year is synonymous with community celebration, optimism and good will, and is a wonderful example of the success of the Chinese community developing and living in this land. During the Festival, we are embracing so many exciting events showcasing Chinese culture, and I hope the celebration of the Chinese New Year will provide a platform for the Australian people to better understand the Chinese culture and further deepen the friendship between our two countries.

Wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Rat.

Long Zhou

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