12 Feb – 2 March 2018

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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.


City of Melbourne

Welcome to the 2018 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival!

Over two weeks, our City will come alive with feasting, firecrackers, Lion dance performances, hawkers markets and much more as we welcome the Year of the Dog.

One of our City’s most-loved events, Chinese New Year is also the biggest event on Melbourne’s Chinese calendar. It’s a celebration of migration, cultural diversity and Melbourne’s Asian community – with the Millennium Melbourne Dai Loong Dragon as its centrepiece, ushering in health and wealth.

This year, festivities will take place right across the city, from Fed Square to Queen Victoria Market, with the iconic Chinatown providing a stunning red and gold backdrop as revellers come together to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

In this most auspicious Year of the Dog, the City of Melbourne wishes you all a safe, productive and prosperous year ahead.

Happy Chinese New Year!


Multicultural Affairs


I extend my best wishes to the Melbourne Dai Loong Association as you prepare for the 20187 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival.

The Victorian Government is committed for supporting every Victorian to feel connected to their cultural heritage, including through traditional festival and events.

In recognition of the significant contributions the Chinese community has made in all aspects of Victorian life, we are proud to support the Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival.

This year, the Chinese New Year celebration will be bigger than ever before, extending beyond the Chinatown precinct to other iconic landmarks across Melbourne, including Federation Square and the Queen Victoria Market.

With international performers hailing from China and Malaysia, as well as lion and dragon dances performed by local communities, the Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

On behalf of the Victoria Government, I wish Victoria’s Chinese community a wonderful Chinese New Year celebration and a prosperous Year of the Dog.

Robin Scott MP
Minister for Multicultural Affairs


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


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, our best wishes and warmest festive greetings to the Chinese community in Victoria. I also wish to take this opportunity to express sincere thanks to all those who have supported and contributed to the fruitful cooperation between Victoria and China.

Celebration of the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, 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 2018 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival will embrace a fortnight 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 2018 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival a complete success and wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Dog!

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


Victorian Multicultural Commission

On behalf of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, I send my warmest regards to Victor ia’s Chinese community as you gather to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The Commission embraces and celebrates cultural diversity, and welcomes festivals that showcase the many wonderful contributions that multicultural communities make to our state.

The Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival is a perennial highlight on Victoria’s multicultural calendar, and I thank the Melbourne Dai Loong Association for bringing the festival to life year after year. With a range of cultural performances and culinary delights on offer across Melbourne, the Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival is truly a feast for the senses.

As we usher in the Year of the Dog, I wish Victoria’s Chinese community a prosperous and joyous year ahead.

Helen Kapalos
Victorian Multicultural Commission

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