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Hurstville City Council set to celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted 20 November 2012 by (Hurstville News)

Deputy Mayor Istephan said Council will welcome in the Year of the Snake with an array of free activities and events for the community.

“This year the festival celebrates its 10th successful year, and for the first time will capture the many unique ways Lunar New Year is celebrated throughout Asia highlighting colourful elements of Chinese, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean traditions,” he said.

“The 2013 Lunar New Year Festival has something for everyone and is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

“This impressive festival showcases the very best of Hurstville City and its success and longevity is largely attributed to our generous sponsors and local businesses, along with community volunteers and Council staff who spend many months planning the festival.”

At the launch, Deputy Mayor Istephan announced that the Lunar New Year Festival, proudly supported by major sponsor, Bupa, will be held on Saturday, 2 February 2013 along Forest Road, Hurstville.

“The day will include non-stop entertainment, food and market stalls, and traditional lion and dragon dances and live entertainment provided by local community groups,” he said.

“The Kids’ Corner will return to Palm Court car park, where young children can pat baby barnyard animals, get up close to a variety of reptiles, have their face painted and play on a jumping castle.

“Additionally, the Hurstville City Museum and Gallery will hold a special exhibition, sponsored by Westfield Hurstville, exploring the diverse ways people throughout Asia welcome in the New Year titled Lunar New Year: One Celebration, Many Traditions which will officially open on Saturday, 9 February 2013 and run until Sunday, 3 March 2013.

“Council is also delighted to present a special Lunar New Year Concert showcasing a talented line-up of performers. The special variety concert, sponsored by ANZ, will feature a number of performances including SK Zhang, Adam Sun and comedian Heyi She Kevin Shi, on Saturday, 16 February 2013 at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre.”

Deputy Mayor Istephan said to help bring Lunar New Year to life for young residents, a program of children’s activities, including a special workshop that explores Chinese and Vietnamese celebrations and story time sessions celebrating Year of the Snake, will be held at Hurstville City Library, Museum and Gallery, throughout January 2013.

“In addition, many businesses will have the opportunity to increase their community profile by offering festival participants a discounted product or service in a book of vouchers to be included in the official Festival Program,” he said.

“The 2013 Hurstville Lunar New Year is wonderful celebration of our community and I encourage local residents and businesses alike to participate.”

For more information on 2013 Hurstville Lunar New Year events and activities, visit http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Lunar-New-Year.html

2013 Hurstville Lunar New Year is proudly supported by:

Platinum
Bupa

Gold
ANZ
Westfield Hurstville
Kip McGrath Education Centres St George

Silver
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd
Moneygram

Bronze
St.George Bank
Bank of China
KVB Kunlun
Telstra
BlueFit
St George Illawarra Dragons
St George Leagues Club
Information Exchange
NAB

Media Partners
The Nine Network Australia
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
Australian New Express Daily
TVB (Australia) Pty Ltd
SBS

Lucky Draw Supporters
Wing on Tours
Macau Government Tourist Office
Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central
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Media contact:
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953