Lunar New Year Festival
Join us on Saturday 18 January 2014 for Bankstown’s Lunar New Year Festival
The event will see Saigon Place transformed into an exciting, loud and colourful arena of music and festivities.
All of the traditional elements will be there including lion dances, lucky envelopes given by the God of Good Fortune, New Year card making, New Year flower making and Chung cake making classes. Calligraphy by the Learned Scholar and fruit carving demonstrations are always popular but it is The New Year Garden that continues to delight festival goers.
Non-stop stage entertainment will reflect the diversity of our community with a range of multicultural performances scheduled to appear. Children will enjoy the magic shows, face-painting and hands-on activities.
The festival will also showcase Bankstown CBD's diverse shopping precinct with patrons spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, cafes, fresh food outlets and a variety of stalls selling traditional food and flowers.
Whatever your age, whatever your background, the Bankstown Lunar New Year Festival has something for everyone, so join us in Saigon Place, Bankstown City Plaza on Saturday 18 January 2014 for a fabulous family day out.
Make you own Cherry Blossom or Mai Tree Competition
Residents keen to showcase their craft skills to get involved with the inaugural Make Your Own Cherry or Mai Tree competition These beautiful crafted creations will be displayed in Saigon Place throughout the day, and visitors to the event can vote for their favourite.
- One entry per person
- Must be hand made
- No bigger than 60cm (excluding pot)
- Entries to be received at the competition stand before 11am
- Public voting 11am – 2pm (one vote per person)
- Prizes awarded at 2:40pm
- Prizes include:
- 1st $100 Hamper from Oriental Merchants
- 2nd $50 Hamper from Oriental Merchants
- 3rd $50 Hamper from Oriental Merchants
- One voter prize - $50 Hamper from Oriental Merchant
- All results are final
Entertainment Program and Activities
10:00 - Event opens
10:05 - The Celestial Band
10:30 - Bankstown Talent Advancement Program
10:40 - Sydney Korean Senior Performance Group
11:05 - Official opening by Clr Khal Asfour, Mayor of Bankstown
11:10 - Children’s costume parade
11:30 - Tai Chi demonstration
11:45 - Bankstown Talent Advancement Program.
11:55 - Gong Fu
12:15 - Zaffet Lebnen drummers
12:35 - Indonesian Association of NSW
12:45 - Eating competition.
13:05 - Chinese Harp
13:15 - Zaffet Lebnen acrobats
13:27 - The Vietnamese Cultural School
13:40 - Bankstown Talent Advancement Program
13:52 - Joe June Magic Show
14:04 - Make Your Own Mai and Cherry Tree Awards
14:20 - Circaholics Anonymous Fire Twirling
14:32 - Martial Arts Display
14:45 - Lion Dance - Dong Tam Youth Association
15:00 - Close
10am to 3pm - Chung Cake Making
10am to 3pm - New Year Flower Making
10am to 3pm - New Year Card Making
10am to 3pm - Learned Scholar Demonstrations
10am to 3pm - Lunar New Year Garden
10am to 3pm - Fruit Carving Demonstrations
10am to 3pm - Face Painting
10am to 3pm - Henna Tattoos
10am to 3pm - Fan Painting with the Bankstown Arts Society
10:30am to 1:30pm - God of Fortune
12pm, 1pm and 2pm 15 minute - Tai Chi introductory lesson
10:30am to 2:30pm - Bubble man
11am to 130pm - Mai and Cherry Tree Competition Display
Vote for your favourite Mai and Cherry Tree before 1:30pm and you could win a $50 Bankstown Sports Club Gift Card.
View the 2012, Year of the Dragon, Lunar New Year Celebrations