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Sydney’s communities invite all to celebrate Lunar New Year

More than 1.4 million people are expected to help ring in the Year of the Pig from 1 to 10 February.

Lunar New Year performers

This year’s Sydney Lunar Festival will bring together more communities than ever to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Visitors can enjoy community performances and special Lunar Eats banquets representing Sydney’s Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian communities.

Lunar Eats banquet.
Lunar Eats banquet.

An outdoor stage near the Overseas Passenger Terminal will feature an eclectic mix of community groups performing traditional and modern dance, cultural stories, martial arts and music.

Korean pop (Kpop) dance troupe, I.Krush, and renowned hip-hop crew, Kookies N Kream, finalists in the hit TV show Australia’s Got Talent, will feature as part of the program.

Be sure to check out the spectacular Lunar Lanterns exhibition, a contemporary interpretation of the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac around the foreshore at Circular Quay.

Lunar Lanterns exhibition.
Lunar Lanterns exhibition.

An impressive 3,000 participants will take part in the largest Dragon Boat Races in the southern hemisphere at Darling Harbour on 9 and 10 February.

And more than 80 associated events including performances, art exhibitions, film screenings and historical tours will take place around Sydney.

See the full program at

Published 16 January 2019, updated 31 January 2019