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Lion dancers roar to success at Sydney Lunar Festival

An all-female group of world champion lion dancers to show their pride at Lunar New Year celebrations.

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Sydney Lunar Festival is set to be a roaring success when an all-female team of lion dancers show exactly why they are world champions at their sport.

The all Chinese–Australian team will light up Circular Quay in LED lion costumes and dance to thrilling drum beats as crowds flock to see the world champions.

The group, who train at the Chinese Youth League, won the MGM Lion Dance World Championships in Macau in November 2018.

“Winning the championship was a huge achievement and a real highlight for the team – and it was such a surprise!” said Ching Tan, Chinese Youth League President.

This year’s Sydney Lunar Festival will feature the champions and other lion dance performances at Circular Quay and Chinatown until 10 February.

Sydney Lunar Festival lion dancers and musicians.
Sydney Lunar Festival lion dancers and musicians.

Catch the troupe at:

Circular Quay lion dance program: Friday 1 to Thursday 7, and Sunday 10 February at 7pm and 7.30pm

LED lion and dragon dance at Circular Quay: Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February at 8.15am–8.30pm, 8.45am–9pm and 9.15am–9.30pm

Chinatown lion dance: 8–10 February at 6pm and 6.30pm

You can see other lion dance performances at:

The Rocks Lunar Markets lion dance program on Fridays at 1pm and 6pm, Saturdays 1pm, 2pm and 6pm and Sundays 1pm, 2pm and 6pm.

The Royal Botanic Gardens lion and dragon dance: Thursday 7 February at 12pm.

Published 5 February 2019