The Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival is a showcase of Western Australian Chinese culture and tradition, set in Burswood Park, Burswood Peninsula, Burswood, on the banks of the beautiful Swan River from 12 May to 18 May 2019. Kicking off with a spectacular dragon boat race and finishing with a lotus flower ceremony, this 7 day festival is a great time to experience ancient Chinese culture.
TheOpening Ceremony runs from 9-10am on Sunday 12 May. A FREE family friendly event, Burswood Park will be transformed. It'll feature dragon boat racing, kite shows, lantern making, Chinese storytelling, Lion and Dragon Dances, Tai Chi, a thriving market with activities, performances and food stalls.
Throughout the Festival, the Chinese Art Exhibition; another FREE event, will run from 9am to 10pm each day, except for the last day (18 May) when it closes at 8.30pm. Presented by Australia Chinese Traditional Culture Federation, you'll find the exhibition at Crown Perth,Botanicals Function Room, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood.
12 May - Guang - Two brothers, one autistic, the younger, feeling helpless and angry trying to help his older brother, till he discovers his talent.
13 May - Wushu Orphan - Winner Best Film 2019 Golden Koala Film Fest & Winner Spirit of Asia Award 31st Tokyo International Film Festival, a tale of Kung Fu training and a cultural education till a new teacher arrives and starts an unusual experience.
14 May - Flower - a young girl who is mute going through the highs and lows of life, finding her voice in the touching tune of Dombura (long necked lute) until fate plays its hand.
15 May - Ala Changso - Secrets and perplexities of love, morality, responsibility and belief between a woman and the men in her life.
16 May - Hello Life - A documentary about the real life of 15 ordinary people from different walks of life, working to overcome their difficulties.
17 May - A Mongolian Tale - An orphaned young girl and a motherless boy raised together as siblings, grow to be childhood sweethearts. He is sent to study in the city, but promises to return for her.
18 May - Have Your Name Carved - A young lad diagnosed with a terminal disease cannot be buried in the family grave, so his father decides to donate his son's organs so he can have his son's name carved on the gravestone.
This Film Festival is the biggest and most influential overseas Chinese film event, and it features award-winning, family-friendly films. See the event page for details about Q&A sessions for the Opening and Closing Night events, including Opening Night's Fade Away Pastoral (see event page); the nomadic life of Chinese Kazakh herdsmen. CLICK HERE for trailers on YouTube.
The Festival closes with the Lotus Lantern Festival on Saturday 18 May from 9am to 8.30pm at Burswood Park. As with the Opening Festival, the venue will be filled with cultural performances, activities, food stalls and more, followed by a lotus flower ceremony and fireworks. Peking Opera and Chinese Folk Singer Shannon Lee will be performing. With so much going on, be sure to stay updated via the Facebook page.