Organised by Australia China Economics, Trade & Culture Association (ACETCA) and presented by Nanhai Culture & Media (Australia) Pty Ltd, the 2nd Chinese New Year Lantern Festival was launched at Darling Harbour on 12th February. Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP and Leader of Opposition, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP attended the Opening Ceremony and launched the festival. H.E. Consul General Li Huaxin of People’s Republic of China, Founding Chairman and Life-Honorary Chairman of ACETCA, Dr. Lam Fai Yuen, Executive Chairman of ACETCA, Dr. Amen Lee OAM, President of Australia Council for Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China, Mr. Huang Xiangmo, Managing Director of Nanhai Culture & Media (Australia) Pty Ltd, Mr. Li Bing, Australian Government Officials, Chinese Government Officials and Chinese Community and Business Leaders attended the Opening.
Prime Minister Turnbull delivered a speech at the Opening and said that Australia is largest multicultural country in the world. The Chinese Community has put in great efforts into the promotion of multiculturalism in Australia. He believed that the future of Australia and China would be brighter than ever.
Mr. Shorten pointed out that Australia was a lucky country because a lot of Chinese chose to immigrate here. Their values and beliefs have blended into the society and make Australia a better country.
Consul General Li Huaxin expressed that the corporation between Australia and China reached the golden age. The lantern festival has become a symbol of multiculturalism in Australia.
Event Organiser, Dr. Amen Lee OAM introduced that Chinese New Year is biggest celebration in Chinese culture. Originated from Han Dynasty, lantern festival symbolizes the Chinese people’s best wishes for the New Year. Through the lantern festival, he hoped to bring about mutual understanding between the two countries.
Presenter, Mr. Bing Li said 2016 is the year of Monkey. It represented intelligence and luck. The main theme of the festival is to celebrate the Year of Monkey. He wished all the guests an unforgettable and enjoyable night.
At the end of the speeches, art troupes from Guizhou Province, Chengdu city and Beijing performed at the stage to bring about the climax of the event.
Aside from spectacular night time displays, there will be a multitude of daytime activities throughout the festival period. There will be more than 50 stalls offering Chinese wares and serving up traditional Chinese fare, from spicy Sichuan cuisine, to noodles and dumplings from China’s north and the rice dishes of southern China.
There will be daily stage shows featuring both local performers and more than 70 dancers, singers and musicians direct from China. A senior government and trade delegation from the southwestern Chinese province of Guizhou will also attend the festival to promote closer tourism and trade ties between Australia and China.
Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney, are amongst the biggest of any held outside of mainland China. The Chinese New Year Lantern Festival is an associate event of the official City of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and a partner event with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.