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China Cultural Centre (Sydney) and City of Sydney Work Collaboratively to Dish Out 2017 Chinese New Year Programs

China Cultural Centre (Sydney) joins hands with City of Sydney in the “2017 Happy Chinese New Year Cultural Events” media conference on Tuesday, 14th December.

During the conference, major organisations that participated in the New Year celebration of 2017 in Sydney were also invited and gave detailed information regarding each of their associated programs.

“I want to thank all the participating guests and media friends to come to today’s event, this is a great opportunity for art and cultural organisations to share their upcoming programs and events in the lead up to the Chinese New Year”, said Mrs Zhao Li, Director of China Cultural Centre (Sydney), and MC of the event.

With a worldwide reputation, Sydney has the largest Chinese New Year Celebration outside China in Asia. Initiated and organised by City of Sydney, this program incorporates an array of Chinese New Year themed events such as performances, workshops and exhibitions.

“There is indeed an eclectic variety of cultural activities involved in the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival; and the successful running of this program is largely contributed to the supportive Chinese Embassy and Consulate General of China in Sydney, as well as the Chinese community”, Councilor Robert Kok gave a speech during the event on behalf of Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“The partnership between City of Sydney and China Cultural Centre (Sydney) is also very important, as China Cultural Centre (Sydney) plays a significant role in spreading Chinese knowledge and the promotion of our multicultural society”, Councilor Kok added.

Stephen Gilby, Creative Director of Events at the City of Sydney, continued to introduce details of this year’s Chinese New Year Festival.

“2017 marks the 21st birthday of the Sydney festival, which started in Chinatown and now extends all the way to Sydney Harbour. In 2016 it attracted 1.3 million people making it the third largest yearly event in Sydney, which has developed into an internationally renowned celebration of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean culture.”

“This year, visitors will follow the Lunar Lanterns trail around Circular Quay from the Sydney Opera House to Dawes Point; Australian Chinese artists have designed 12 spectacular zodiac animal lanterns varying in size up to 10m high that will line the foreshore throughout the festival”, said, Mr Gilby.

Cooperating with a wide range of both public and private organisations in Australia and China, such as City of Sydney, Adelaide Festival Centre, Salamanca Arts Centre, Art Nova 100, China Cultural Centre will present distinct cultural programs at the beginning of 2017, such as “The World is Not Flat — Chinese Youth Photo Exhibition”, “Butterfly Ladies Band — Happy Chinese New Year Concert”, “Sichuan Intangible Cultural Heritage Workshops”, and “Chinese Chamber Music 2017”, covering Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart.

“Though partnership with local institutes, these programs and events enphasise the ideas of harmony, sharing, and blessing, they also seek to express Chinese traditional culture through contemporary means and forms”, said Zhao Li, Director of China Cultural Centre.

Other major Chinese art and cultural organisations also took the opportunity to share and introduce their associated programs and events during the upcoming Chinese New Year Festival.

Dr Feng Dunping, CEO of Ausfeng Group, introduced the his Sydney-based company’s long commitment in promoting Chinese culture overseas. Following that Ausfeng outlined their series events such as “Opening Performance on 2017 China Australia Tourism Year”, “Treasures of the Nation” The Chinese Music Orchestra’s touring performance in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart), as well as their participation in this year’s Canberra Multicultural Festival.

Li Bing, Managing Director of Nanhai Culture & Media (Australia) Spoke briefly about Nanhai’s involvement in presenting Chinese New Year events, and gave details regarding the Chinese Lantern Festival, which will be opened on 22 January 2017.

“The Chinese Lantern Festival, which symbolises the annual family reunion as well as prayer for luck and fortune, has become one of the most significant celebrative activities during the Chinese New Year ever since Han Dynasty; In 2017, set in Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, we are set to continue bringing this highly anticipated event to Sydney.”

The media conference was also attended by Mr. Yang Zhi, Minister Counselor for Culture, Chinese Embassy in Australia; Mr. Zhang Yingbao, Cultural Counselor, Consulate-General of China in Sydney, and covered by CCTV, China News Service, People.cn, China Radio International, SBS, etc. 

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