Lunar New Year beams across Hobart

THE Lunar New Year will be welcomed in Hobart from 28 January with a number of events planned across the city to celebrate the “Year of the Rooster”.

The Lunar New Year Festival on Parliament House Lawns will be held on Sunday 29 January from 10am until 4pm.

Community members are invited to experience a taste of Chinese culture and cuisine, with dragon and lion dancing, fire crackers, traditional dancing, music and food.

Another family favourite will be the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival, which will be held on Saturday 11 February at the Hobart Town Hall.

The event will include more dancing, music and food, but this time with the added colour and dazzle of lanterns lining the room and paper-cutting demonstrations.

The Chinese Music Orchestra will visit Tasmania for the first time on Tuesday 14 February to perform its Treasures of a Nation Chinese New Year concert at the Federation Concert Hall.

Blending traditional and contemporary musical styles, the prestigious ensemble’s visit is supported by the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Chinese Business Council.

Other Lunar New Year events will include a lion dance performance from the Chinese Buddhist Academy of Australia at the Royal Hobart Regatta on Monday 13 February and the Chinese Students celebration at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research on Thursday 16 February.

A full listing of events can be found online at: www.hobartcity.com.au/lunarnewyear

Caption: Chinese New Year celebrations will be celebrated in Hobart with a lively program of events featuring performances, demonstrations and displays. Image courtesy of the City of Hobart.

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