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Monday, January 20, 2014

And They're Off! Year of the Horse Starts in Magnificent Style

Cutting-edge breakdancers, traditional drummers, swirling lions and non-stop Asian pop will kick off 
562392Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival in spectacular style at the Chinese New Year Markets next weekend.

From 24 to 26 January, Belmore Park in Haymarket will be transformed into a bustling marketplace, exploding with the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia as part of the City of Sydney’s program of events to welcome the Year of the Horse.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said she was thrilled to see this year’s up line up of colourful stalls, workshops and entertainment.
“People born in the Year of the Horse are characterised by their grandiosity and magnificence – that fits the City’s Chinese New Year celebrations perfectly,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Come and see a flurry of colour and excitement with dozens of lion dancers, world-class performances and a colourful sky lit up by firecrackers – and don’t forget to stop and enjoy some of Sydney’s finest Asian cuisine.
“The markets are a much-loved feature of the Chinese New Year celebrations, attracting thousands of people each year to celebrate our city’s diversity and also provide a fantastic boost to local businesses.”
The festival launch on Friday 24 January in Belmore Park will feature live performances that ring in the sounds of Asia, including the beats of traditional Chinese drummers.
In a first for Australian audiences, the exhilarating outdoor performance, Compartmentalized, will bring together champion Chinese and Australian breakdancers to stretch the boundaries of physical theatre.
The SBS PopAsia radio crew will blast non-stop contemporary Asian pop to keep the crowds moving, with a heated search for Sydney’s 2014 Chinese New Year Karaoke Champion taking place on Saturday evening.
On Saturday, kids can share in the wonder of Lunar New Year with a puppet-making workshop and puppet show. Then on Sunday, adults can wind down with a taste of Asian culture as part of an evening outdoor film screening.
With 18 food stalls selling classic Asian dishes from juicy dumplings to sizzling stir-fries, family and friends can come together and enjoy all the exciting features on offer.
Visitors to the markets can also learn how to recreate these unique flavours in their own kitchen, with the AYAM Kitchen offering live demonstrations from top chefs including festival ambassador Chui Lee Luk sharing their secrets to achieving an authentic Asian taste.
Visitors can also take a piece of Asia home with a huge range of stalls selling traditional New Year’s gifts.
The Festival Launch will be held from 6-8pm on Friday 24 January at Belmore Park, between Eddy Avenue and Hay Street, Haymarket.
The Chinese New Year Markets will be open from 4-10pm on Friday 24 January and 11am-10pm on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January at Belmore Park.
All events are free, along with bike parking available on site.
Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2014 is proudly supported by AYAM, Medibank, The Star, 2DayFM, ABC, SBS, TVB Australia, BMW Sydney Dealership Group, Sydney Airport, Telstra, China Southern Airlines, National Australia Bank, Slater & Gordon, Urban Walkabout, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Charity Partner, Chinese Parents' Association - Children With Disabilities Inc.
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