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Painting the Town Red - Sydney Chinese New Year Festival 2016

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Sydney does Chinese New Year bigger and better every year and this Year of the Monkey we are in for many treats. From the zodiac lanterns spread across the city to the Lantern Festival in Darling Harbour, Lunar Feasts, Lunar Markets, Dragon Boat Races, workshops, performances and more, there's plenty to celebrate and enjoy.

Chinese New Year Sydney

To ring in Chinese New Year in 2016 the City of Sydney Council, in collaboration with Westpac, are painting iconic landmarks in red for the first time. Welcoming a new festival format, due to construction in George St seeing the Twilight Parade not going ahead, the colour red symbolises good fortune and joy. It is also believed to ward off evil and represent vitality, along with celebration.

Glowing lucky red, from 8pm until midnight, are:-

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay Station Sat 6th Feb to Mon 8th Feb constituting a gateway to the city's icons and amenities

Sydney Opera House Chinese New Year

Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub in Martin Place Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb where you can step inside a canopy of swaying lanterns, grab a drink with friends and a bite to eat

Sydney Town Hall Sat 6th Feb to Sun 21st Feb and whilst there see the tiger zodiac lantern at the QVB Forecourt and inside, under the dome, is another sea of red oriental lanterns on display

Capitol Theatre Sat 6th Feb to Sun 21st Feb courtesy of The Sound of Music

Saluting 20 years of Chinese New Year in Sydney with over 80 events in the city, you may find yourself venturing into our megalopolis on multiple occasions this year. You won't be disappointed as there is something to delight both young and old.

Have a happy and prosperous New Year.
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Why? For all things bright
When: 8pm to midnight
Phone: 02 9265 9333
Where: Circular Quay to Town Hall
Cost: Free
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