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Chinese New Year Fair 2016

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A massive free street carnival celebrating Chinese New Year
The annual and wildly popular Chinese New Year Fair is a free community event that welcomes in the Year of the Monkey, beginning on Monday 8th February 2016. This loud, fun and colourful street celebration takes place on Sunday 14th February 2016 from 12pm to 9pm on James Street between William and Lake Streets, on Lake Street between James and Francis Street in Northbridge, the Northbridge Piazza and extend through to the Chinatown precinct on Roe Street.

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As the most festive holiday of the year celebrated by the Chinese community, Perth's own Chinese New Year Fair is a free one day street carnival to ring in the new lunar year. Despite battling Western Australia's unforgiving 41 degrees Celsius summer heat, the family-friendly festival attracted a crowd of more than 80,000 people last year to celebrate a new year and showcases a huge variety of cultural entertainment and food.

Over 100 stalls will be present offering food, beverages, arts, crafts, services and a whole range of different products to reflect the wonderful diversity of Perth's Asian community. The Chinese New Year Fair aims to promote Chinese culture by sharing the joy and festivities together with the wider community.

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Lion dances are a familiar colourful sight during Chinese New Year, and there is no shortage of both lion and dragon dances at the fair amongst other excitement such as fire crackers on the street. Other attractions include games, rides, water slides, street performances and entertainment, traditional cultural activities and demonstrations, market stalls, a huge variety of food stalls and a Multicultural concert lined up in the evening from 7:45pm to 9pm at the Northbridge Piazza.

Visitors can browse the various stalls on James Street and enjoy the activity area set up on Lake Street. It will be lined with fun-filled activities, games and attractions such as Cup and Saucer Ride, Clown Playport and Slide, Simulator Ride, Laughing Clowns Game, Lucky Numbers, Pluck a Duck Game and a Muppets Game.

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The Northbridge Piazza will be transformed into a Kids Zone from 12pm and 4pm and will feature a variety of activities for the kids. A water slide installation will delight the little ones, along with rides, activity stalls, origami, face and hand painting, balloons, clowns and much more. The official ceremony will take place for half an hour from 7:15pm and will include spectacular fire crackers alongside lion and dragon dances.

As evening falls, the multicultural concert will feature a whole program of entertainment and performances from a host of dance groups, primary schools and various organisations. The acts that will line the stage vary from fire breathing and mask changing acts right through to martial arts and tai chi.

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Image from chungwah.org.au/event-and-activities/pcnyf2015/

The God of Fortune is believed to be the god that brings in wealth and riches to the people. To make this a reality, there will be a God of Fortunes at the fair handing out red packets (commonly known as hong bao or lai see) to children as blessings and tokens of good luck and great fortune.

There will be planned road closures for the Chinese New Year Fair, with James Street, Lake Street and Nicks Lane in Northbridge set to be closed off from traffic on the day of the fair. There are loads of opportunities on the day to experience the joy of a traditional and important Chinese celebration. For further information about the Chinese New Year Fair of 2016, visit the official Chung Wah Association website and celebrate everything the Year of the Monkey has in store for you!
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When: Sunday 14th February 2016 / 12pm-9pm
Phone: 93288657
Where: James Street, Lake Street and Chinatown in Northbridge
Cost: Free
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