Thousands celebrate Lunar New Year festival

Published Monday, 15th February 2016

More than 10,000 people visited Cabramatta over the weekend to celebrate one of the most important events on the South East Asian Calendar at the Cabramatta Lunar New Year festival.

Many visitors travelled from all over Sydney and regional NSW to be part of this amazing cultural event and to witness the colour and spectacle that accompanies a traditional Lunar New Year celebration.

Some festival goers had even travelled internationally with Singapore and Malaysia amongst the many countries represented by festival goers.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Lunar New Year 2016 was a huge success and he was proud to host this important festival for families in our community and from across Sydney.

“This event continues to grow each year as an increasing number of people from across NSW discover the incredible cultural events Fairfield City has to offer,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths and the authentic experience visitors have when they come to our City cannot be found anywhere else.”

Throughout the day there was no shortage of entertainment across the festival site. The interactive Feathered Friends bird show stunned crowds, as Cooper the Cockatoo swooped low over audiences and showed his agility and skill in problem solving. He was joined by many other feathered friends including owls and birds of prey.

The Wishing Tree shimmered in the weekend warmth and was well visited. Young and old came to add their wishes for the New Year to the tree and get a photo beside this impressive sight.

Curious George, the world’s favourite monkey, was a huge hit with younger crowds, appearing live on the Blue Star Airconditioning Stage to help usher in the year of the monkey. The new children’s area with craft activities and paddle boat rides was also a success.

The festival is an important event for many cultural groups in Fairfield City to celebrate together.

This year crowds were treated to traditional Vietnamese Dance by Chanh Phap Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association, Sanggar Budaya Indonesian Dance and thrilling performances by contortionists from the Shaolin Kung Fu meditation temple. The event highlights also included the traditional colourful Lion Dance and a visit by the God of Fortune.

The crowd favourite competitions hosted by Cabramatta Bowls were fiercely fought this year. Congratulations to all the competition winners:

Saturday 13 February

Prawn peeling challenge winner: Tu Le from Birrong
Children’s chopsticks challenge winner: Tu Van Tran from Canley Heights

Sunday 14 February 2016

Prawn peeling challenge winner: Doug Stouffers from Beecroft
Children’s chopsticks challenge winner: Tiffany from Padstow

More than 80 volunteers helped out on the day and worked closely with a range of community agencies building their skills in a range of disciplines.

The Cabramatta Lunar New Year Festival is proudly presented by Fairfield City Council.

This event would not have been possible without the support of the local Fairfield City community and community partner organisations. The festival is also supported by a number of valued sponsors: Principal Monkey Sponsor Blue Star Air Conditioning; Major Monkey Sponsors Australian Chinese Buddhist Society, BKK Shopping Centre, Cabramatta Bowling Club, Cabra-Vale Diggers, Ettason, Oriental Merchant, Peter Warren Automotive, Mekong Mounties Group and Vodafone; Supporting Monkey Sponsors Central Equity, The Banc, Paladdiam Fit, Wei Wah International Trading Pty Ltd; Media Sponsors: 2AC Chinese Radio, Danviet Newspaper, Daily Chinese Herald and TVB Australia.

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Media enquiries: Hannah Kilgore, Communications and Marketing Officer
Phone: 9725 0166
Email: fcccommunications@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au