Ten days of fireworks and firecrackers will bring Melbourne to life with Chinese New Year Melbourne festival heralding in the Year of the Dog, planned from the 15-25 February 2018.

In the 10 days, a range of different activities will take place, including dazzling light displays, street performers, outdoor food stalls, as well as traditional lion dance workshops to take place from Queensbridge Square to Southgate, Pacific Art Centre, and key public spaces in the CBD area. Celebrations will also occur post festival at the Palais Theatre and Malthouse Southbank.

“This year we’re bringing the best of everything to the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival with ten days of festivities and three activation centres destined to bring loads of tradition, performance and learning opportunities for the kids, their family and friends.” said Thomas Ling, chairman of CNY United, the incorporated body established to manage the Festival.

The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival will officially be launched at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel on 5 February 2018.

The Chinese New Year countdown and Chinese New Year’s Day flash mob at Queensbridge Square are two of the Festival’s major highlights featuring more than 300 performers participating in a 30-minute performance.

Other activities include storytelling performances, costume shows, Qi Pao, opera, stilt walking displays, martial arts and a special dinner for international students.

Some key events to be held are:

New Year’s Countdown

Date: 15 February 2018

Time: 6pm – 12.30am

Location: Queensbridge Square

White Night at Chinese New Year

Date: 17 February 2018

Time: 6pm – 12.30am

Location: Queensbridge Square

Chinese Cultural Kaleidoscope

Dates: 12-18 February & 24-25 February 2018

Time: 10.30am – 9.30pm

Location: Queensbridge Square

For a full listing of all the Chinese New Year activities on offer see here.

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