Federation Square will host a wide array of events to welcome the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year Festival will run from 26 February 2015 to 1 March 2015. The Year of the Sheep will be welcomed with a fabulous programme itinerary which will be as follows:
On 28 February 2015, visitors will be regaled by Melbourne Chinese Choir at 1pm, Tai Chi and Health Qigong performance at 2pm and Mahjong lessons at 3pm.
Commissioned by Fed Square's Creative Program, the Electric Dragon will be presented on the Big Screen and Main Stage at 8pm from 26 February 2015 to 1 March 2015. A creation by the talented Georgie Pinn, Electric Dragon illustrates the tale of Fang, a dragon character animated with motion graphics technology, shadow puppetry and on-stage performance by artist Anna Yen. At the end of the show, audience will be given the opportunity to go to the Main Stage and make their own dragon using silhouetted images of animal parts and corresponding sounds, which will be displayed on the Big Screen.
On 1 March 2015, Qunyi Lion Dancers will hold a live lion dance performance from 12pm to 1:30pm. The traditional dance will snake its way through the Square and various locations around Fed Square bestowing ritual blessings on the surrounding businesses for the new year and will conclude with a vibrant performance on the Main Stage. On the same day, from 1pm to 4pm Chinese Art Demonstrations will be organised to give visitors glimpses of various Chinese art activities and will include lantern making, calligraphy, Chinese painting and other handcrafts. There will also be a horde of cultural events. Visit this website to find a full program. Also, visit this website for more information.
The Square in the Fed Square will be the setting for the Chinese New Year Festival. Fed Square is located right across from the Federation Square railway station and can be easily accessed by trains, trams and buses. From 1 January 2015, Free Tram Zone in Melbourne CBD has been introduced which means you can now catch free trams to this free festival.