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Valley Chinese Lunar New Year Festival 2014

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valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014

Get ready to welcome the Year of the Horse in the Chinatown Mall with a vast array of action-packed events and activities from Friday 31 January to Sunday 2 February 2014.

The three-day festival will be full of free events for adults and children alike celebrating all Asian cultures that observe the lunar calendar. There will be a myriad of festivities with dancing from various cultures, musical showcases, cooking demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, scrumptious food and displays of firecrackers throughout the weekend. With so much going on, you'll definitely be engrossed in the beautiful Asian culture, with festive and enchanting music, bright costumes, and fascinating performances. So dive right in and immerse yourself in the culture at the Chinatown Mall

valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014
valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014

Come and snatch a bargain and stumble upon something unique at the market stalls where you'll find all sorts of things peculiar, Asian and vintage. And if you look hard enough, you'll find interesting odds and ends that you may want to take home.

Bring your friends, kids and family because you don't want to miss out on the traditional Lion dance. Watch as the lion comes alive with performers imitating a lion's movements in a lion costume. And kids, you may want to cover your ears because cymbals, a gong and drums will accompany this lively scene making a huge racket. Oh yes, it's loud, but only because we want to scare away evil spirits. You may also want to keep your ears closed for cracking firecracker displays throughout the weekend.

valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014
valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014

There will be lots of dancing in all shapes and sizes with different costumes, music and moves guaranteed to be a feast for the eyes and ears. Queensland World Dance Academy will be putting on a delightful performance showcasing Chinese dance; Chinese fan dancers will entertain you in their lavish silk costumes and Chinese classical music bringing harmony, luck and positive spirits into the New Year; and for something entirely different, Chinese Pop Girls will be showing their funky pop dancing moves to the hottest Chinese music.

The Chinese Belly Dancers will be full of energy and vigor with their demonstrations of the original Chinese belly dance and the Shanghai Dancers will display a dance that's combined Chinese classical song and western style dancing. Intrigued?

The Vietnamese community will share their traditional dance moves while the Filipino Australian Cultural Entertainment will present a perfect mix of cultural dances from the Philippines. The Thai Buddhist Sunday School will be performing various dances from different cultures representing serenity and happiness and a group of Taiwanese dancers will welcome the New Year with a performance that stands for laughter and thanksgiving.

valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014
valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014

Be mesmerised by the Japanese drumming group, Toko-Ton, with their moves, rhythm and beats; be enthralled by the mandolin and guitar ensemble showcasing compositions inspired by contemporary, classical and folk music; be bopping your head to Kpop DJ's tunes; and get a taste of traditional Chinese instruments including the pipa and er hu.

There will be martial arts extravaganza with exciting Kung Fu demonstrations by Hock Chong Wu Shu Centre, and fabulous Tai Chi classes and workshops to suit all ages and fitness levels.

Be on the lookout for the Three Brothers - Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, who were brave warriors all well-known for their brotherhood, loyalty and courage. Don't forget to take a photo with these historical roving characters. And don't forget to watch the awesome puppetry shows by Daniel Anderson, which will wow audiences.

Last but not least, you'll not only be able to eat like a horse at the various fabulous restaurants in Chinatown, but also learn a few tricks of the trade of Asian cooking with a local chef.

valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014
valley chinese lunar new year festival 2014

For more information on this event, visit the Brisbane City Council website and click on the 'What's on & Events' tab.
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Why? Because it's the Year of the Horse! Neighhh!
When: Friday 5pm-10pm; Saturday 9am-10pm; Sunday 9am-4pm
Where: Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Cost: FREE
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