Free concerts, lion dance workshops, roving street performances, exhibitions, tours and sumptuous restaurant feasts are just some of the attractions on offer as Sydney gets set to celebrate the Year of the Ox.
More than 80 events will take place from 12 to 21 February marking the City of Sydney’s 2021 Sydney Lunar Festival celebrations.
Launching this year’s program, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Covid-safe festivities were a chance to attract people back into the city and support local businesses impacted by the pandemic.
“We were in the midst of last year’s Lunar New Year celebrations when the pandemic first hit Sydney. Almost overnight, Lunar New Year events and businesses in Chinatown and surrounds were greatly impacted,” the Lord Mayor said. “This Lunar New Year we’re welcoming people back to the city centre with Covid-safe events, colourful decorations and roving performances that celebrate our multicultrual community while supporting local businesses. We have also supplied close to $180,000 in additional grants and sponsorship to directly support creativity and culture. Our festival is the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside Asia. For decades, this unique and internationally recognised event has played a vital role in unifying Sydneysiders, strengthening our cultural relationships and supporting local businesses of all sizes. “
“It’s also a wonderful way to showcase our city’s artists, entertainers and cultural groups. The Sydney Lunar Festival brings the community together to celebrate and put our beautiful city centre stage.”
On Saturday 13 February, the City of Sydney is staging three, free one-hour Lunar Spectacular shows at Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall.
Chinese, Korean, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Indonesian performers will share their culture, with traditional and contemporary song, dance and music. Expect to see Japanese drumming, K-pop routines, Chinese folk dancing, fashion shows and more.