2 Feb – 10 Feb 2019

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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.


Multicultural Affairs

The spectacular light shows, lion and dragon dancing performances , and exquisite culinary experiences right in the heart of the city bring to life the highly anticipated celebrations of Chinese New Year.

But more than just a feast for the senses , the historic Melbourne Chinese New Year celebrations unite our diverse communities and showcase the strength of our multicultural society.

The Year of the Pig symbolises new beginnings . I am so pleased to have been given the privilege of serving as the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and to work with you in this year of prosperity, generosity and kindness.

The Victorian Government believes that our state ‘s cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets and is committed to supporting all Victorians to feel connected to their cultural heritage.

Victoria is home to a strong, diverse and proud Chinese community, and I commend the Melbourne Dai Loong Association , partners and volunteers for all their work bringing this highly anticipated event to life.

I wish everyone attending the Year of the Pig celebrations a year of fortune and luck.

The Hon Richard Wynne MP
Minister for Multicultural Affairs


Victorian Multicultural Commission

Chinese New Year is one of the most exciting and highly anticipated events in Victoria’s vibrant cultural calendar.

Victoria is a state that is renowned and admired for the way we celebrate our multicultural roots, and our Chinese community’s New Year festivities have been taking place on Little Bourke Street for more than 150 years.

As the Victorian-Chinese community grows, so too does this festival, going beyond the borders of Chinatown and attracting Victorians from all cultural backgrounds to take part in the constantly evolving celebrations – especially the much-loved Dai Loong dragon parade.

This is the very essence of multiculturalism – the sharing of traditions, food, dance and music – coming together as one to learn about and appreciate one another’s cultural heritage

I wish everyone attending this years festivities a very happy and prosperous New Year, and I thank the Melbourne Dai Loong Association and their many partners for putting on such a fabulous festival.

Most of all, I would like to recognise Victoria’s Chinese community for all you have added to the rich cultural fabric of our state.

Whether you’re a life–long Victorian, a new Victorian, or even here temporarily for your studies, your many contributions make our Victorian community stronger and more proudly diverse.

Happy Year of the Pig – a year of fortune and luck!

Helen Kapalos
Victorian Multicultural Commission



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

On behalf of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, I wish to extend warm congratulations to the 2019 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival. Taking this opportunity, I would also like to express sincere thanks to all the friends who have supported and contributed to the cordial cooperation between China and Victoria.

The Chinese New Year is a festival celebrated across the communities with optimism and goodwill, which also constitutes a highlight on Victoria’s multicultural calendar. As in previous years, we expect many exciting events showcasing the Chinese culture during the festival. I hope the celebration of the Chinese New Year can provide a platform for the Australian people to better understand and appreciate the Chinese culture and further contribute to the deepening of friendship between our two countries and peoples.

Wish everyone a happy and prosperous “Year of the Pig”

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

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