Budding young artists – get ready to roar

A new competition will make young Sydneysiders the star of our Year of the Tiger celebrations.

We’re calling on local junior creatives to help make the next Sydney Lunar Festival a roaring success.

6 winning designs by illustrators aged 5 to 12 will be displayed on street banners, bus shelters, billboards and across advertising as part of the 2022 Sydney Lunar Festival.

Competition winners will also receive a $150 arts and craft gift card.

Local junior designers can help make the Sydney Lunar Festival a roaring success

We’re looking for fun and playful drawings of tigers that are celebrating the Lunar New Year, which runs from 29 January to 13 February.

Illustrations can be submitted using the entry form on our website from Thursday 19 August. Entries close at 5pm on Monday 13 September.

This is the first time we’ve drawn on young talent to create the Sydney Lunar Festival hero artwork.

Winning designs by illustrators aged 5 to 12 will be displayed across the city

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said this competition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase children’s unique talents and help reinvigorate the city centre after the impacts of the pandemic.

“We’re pushing ahead with plans for the 2022 Sydney Lunar Festival so when we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, we’re ready to transform our streets into a colourful gallery with installations, activations and artworks welcoming the Year of the Tiger,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Young people contribute so much to our city – they help make it a fun, vibrant and joyful place to be, and I’m sure they’ll bring that unique perspective to their creative work.

“In Chinese culture, tigers are seen as the guardian of children, so I think it’s only fitting that we hand over creative control for our Year of the Tiger Sydney Lunar Festival celebrations to our youngest citizens.

“It’s going to be a special privilege to look at all the colourful tiger illustrations submitted as part of this competition, but I’m sure it’s not going to be an easy task selecting just 6 winning designs.”

Sydney Lunar Festival runs from 29 January to 13 February

Your Sydney Lunar Festival tiger image theme could be:

  • eating or drinking a favourite Asian food or drink
  • performing or playing sports and games associated with Lunar New Year
  • happy, friendly or cuddly
  • fierce and strong.

The competition is a great opportunity to showcase children’s unique talents

Entrants can submit up to 3 illustrations with a short description on each. They’re asked to keep hard copies of their illustrations in a safe place as selected designs will need to be mailed in.

Illustrations can be sent in using the entry form from Thursday 19 August. Entries close at 5pm Sydney time on Monday 13 September.

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