What's on Sydney Lunar Festival 2020

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Lunar Festival Performance and Exhibition around Sydney CBD

Credits: City of Sydney


Art for Tết: Vietnamese folk art

Monday 16 December 2019 to Sunday 22 March 2020

Australians Mona Brand and Len Fox lived in Vietnam from 1956 to 1958.

During their time in Hanoi, they amassed a large collection of art, including folk, contemporary and propaganda. After their deaths, the collection of mid-century Vietnamese art was bequeathed to the State Library of NSW.

This display features several pieces from the collection which were most likely acquired during Tết (Lunar New Year), an important holiday for Vietnamese people. Back in the 1950s, it was still common to see these kinds of ephemeral folk art decorating homes in Hanoi to welcome in the new year.

State Library of New South Wales

Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
4.4 rating

The ratrobats

Meet our troupe of 8 larger than life “rats” showing off acrobatic skills inspired by the ancient Chinese performance.

8 rat sculptures (each 2.5m high) will be on display at World Square during Lunar New Year.

Mimic their playful poses as they balance and juggle. Watch the cheeky ratrobats come to life in augmented reality on the interactive live screen – that’s when the fun really begins.

World Square will also host the renowned Jin Wu Koon, bringing good luck and prosperity during the cultural performance Plucking of the Greens on Friday 24 January, and the traditional lion dance on poles on Saturday 25 January.

World Square

644 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
4.2 rating

Exhibition of Rice Paper Painting

An exhibition of Chinese brush painting on rice paper by the members of the Australian Chinese Painting Society.

The society is a collective of oriental brush painting artists and art enthusiasts based in New South Wales, Australia. The society and the art exhibition promote traditional and contemporary expressions of the art of Chinese ink brush painting on rice paper with an Australian context.

Join us at this exhibition celebrating the Lunar New Year.

The Shop Gallery

112 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037, Australia
4.1 rating

Harmony by ArtSHINE

The exhibition celebrates what it means to be a contemporary artist in multicultural Australia as part of Lunar New Year.

The artworks in this show are inspired by Eastern cultures, philosophies, and aesthetics.

Among the styles presented in this exhibition are chinoiserie, fashion design and fabrics, oil painting, watercolor, block printing, and photography.

ArtSHINE Gallery

Ground Floor, 161 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009...
4.6 rating

Shaanxi Delegation at Lunar Lanes

Saturday 25 January 2020 from 6pm to 6.30pm

Shaanxi “Happy Chinese New Year” Performing Troupe is a provincial artistic performance troupe entitled “Happy Chinese New Year” jointly set up by Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe, Shaanxi Acrobatics Troupe and Shaanxi Wushu and Sports Center.

The performance troupe is composed of 24 professional performers who will present a variety show integrating song and dance, instrumental music, vocal music, acrobatics and martial arts.

Through exquisite organisation and planning, the performance troupe selects erhu solo, folk song of the northern Shaanxi, Tang dance accompanied by music, acrobatics, solo and martial arts, which are full of strong Shaanxi characteristics.

While highlighting traditional cultures and local characteristics, it has positively integrated fresh elements to reflect the characteristics of the times, and showed the unique cultural charm of Shaanxi as the starting point of “Silk Road”, so it is a performance with higher artistic level.

Chinatown Sydney

82-84 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
4.2 rating

Jin Wu Koon Performance

Head down to Market City, the premier retail hub in the heart of Chinatown this Lunar New Year, when Jin Wu Koon will be back to perform their spectacular lion dance on high-poles.

Jin Wu Koon pride themselves on being one of the few Australian teams that perform freestyle lion dance on poles with jumps up to 3 metres high and over up to 2 metres in length, leaving their audiences amazed and exhilarated.

Visitors can also marvel at the traditional decorations throughout the centre and head to the 1909 Dining Precinct to discover a range of delicious restaurants serving special dishes to mark the start of the New Year.

These include traditional Japanese “Teishoku” at Yayoi, spicy noodles at Mr Meng, world-class hotpot at Dolar Shop and 3 bespoke banquet options at Beijing Impressions including spicy hot crab, French lamb chops and crisp jellyfish in special sauce (available from 24 January – 8 February only). All dishes will be available for the whole month of January to keep up the spirit of celebration.


Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia

Chinatown Lantern

As you wander through Dixon Street be amazed by a spectacular curtain of silk Chinese lanterns suspended over the heart of Chinatown.

Get your camera ready – it’s a perfect pic for Instagram!

The Chinatown Lanterns will be in place for the 15th and final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, also known as the Lantern Festival day.

Chinatown Sydney

82-84 Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
4.2 rating


An exhibition of unique crafts by members of Society of Arts and Crafts of NSW and invited ceramicists.

Opening Saturday 25 January 2020, 2pm to 4pm.

12 Argyle Pl

12 Argyle Pl, Millers Point NSW 2000, Austral...
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