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Lunar New Year Festival

Join us on Saturday 18 January 2014  for Bankstown’s Lunar New Year Festival

Lunar New Year Dragon
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.

Competition Rules

Make your own Cherry Blossom or Mai Tree
  • One entry per person
  • Tree must be hand made
  • Entries to be received before 11am

    • Public voting 11am – 1:30pm (one vote per person)
      Prizes awarded at 2pm
      All prizes are supplied by Bankstown Sports
      Prizes:
      • 1st $100 club gift card
      • 2nd $50 club gift card
      • 3rd $50 club gift card

      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

      FREE Activities

      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.

      Lunar New Year Dragon
      Come along in traditional costume

      Come along to the Festival with your children dressed in traditional costume, from any culture, and they could receive one of 100 lucky charm key chains. These will be given out at 11am at the main stage.



Visit us at the Arts Centre for Lunar New Year Workshops

Kite Making Workshop
Make yourself a colourful kite with artist May Wang and have some fun this summer flying your kite!
Time: Noon-2pm
Cost: FREE

Chinese Lanterns Papercut Workshop
Discover the secret of Chinese paper-cut. Learn theskill of folding and cutting paper to create many interesting shapes and patterns with artist Bing Wu!
Time: 11am-2pm
Cost: FREE

Caravansari Asian Artists Showcase

The Incubate Gallery at Bankstown Arts Centre will feature photographs by Natalie Nguyen and a handmade collection of necklaces, rings, body chains, earrings and bracelets by jewellery designer Monica Ng

Art Centre Enquires: 9707 5400