Parramatta will welcome the Year of the Rooster at its annual Lunar New Year celebrations in Centenary Square on Friday 3 February from 4.30pm to 9.30pm.
Festivities will showcase the flavours, colours and sounds of Asia with traditional and contemporary entertainment from local and international performers, workshops and a wide selection of culinary delights.
“We have a vibrant Asian community in the City of Parramatta and this celebration is an important event in their cultural calendar and for the City. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their beautiful and colourful traditions to the wider community,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.
Comedian Michael Hing will host the main stage entertainment featuring talented local performer Sophia Bridget Dalisay, community groups and special guests, Shaan’xi Province Art Group.
The Lunar Food Village will feature cuisine from popular eateries including Tsuru, Jimmy Liks and Yan’s, as well as mouth-watering desserts from Koi and KayterCo. A colourful lantern canopy will delight all ‘selfie’ enthusiasts and families can explore Lunar Land’s workshops including lantern making, umbrella decorating, calligraphy and story time.
Highlights of the evening’s celebrations will include a 10-minute fire show by the Dauntless Movement Crew, the traditional Lion & Dragon Dance, Chinese fire crackers and a spectacular fireworks show.
Storytelling and information relating to Parramatta’s history will be shared at the Parramatta Library and the Parramatta Heritage and Information Centre stalls, to coincide with the anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese immigrant.
“This year marks 200 years since Mak Sai Ying, also known as John Shying, arrived as a free settler, and worked as a carpenter before establishing his business in Parramatta. This story is particularly special because it reveals the beginnings of a long and fruitful relationship with the Chinese community in our City,” Ms Chadwick said.
Parramatta’s Lunar New Year program also includes partnerships with North Rocks Shopping Centre which is hosting free family friendly workshops on Saturday 28 January and Wentworth Point Community Central who will host a community event on Sunday 4 February from 6pm.