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Hurstville City Council set to celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted 19 November 2013 by (Hurstville News)

Deputy Mayor of Hurstville, and Chair of Lunar New Year Committee, Cr Nancy Liu today officially launched Hurstville City Council’s 2014 Hurstville Lunar New Year program of events.

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

“The 2014 Lunar New Year Festival has something for everyone including a wonderful program of events that will showcase the diverse way in which Asian cultures celebrate this important time of year,” she said.

“Council has proudly celebrated Lunar New Year for many years with the festival now entering its 11th successful year- it has become the largest event of its kind held outside the Sydney CBD.

“This vibrant 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 Liu announced that the Lunar New Year Festival, proudly supported by major sponsor, Bupa, will be held on Saturday, 18 January 2014 along Forest Road, Hurstville.

“The day will include non-stop entertainment, a colourful street parade, food and market stalls, and traditional lion and dragon dances and live entertainment provided by local community groups and much more,” she said.

“There is also a fabulous lucky draw prize for festival goers to enter on the day that includes a major prize of a return trip for two people to Hong Kong and Macau.

“The Bupa Kids’ Corner will return to Palm Court car park, where young children can pat baby barnyard animals, enjoy a ride on a merry-go-round, have their face painted, play on a jumping castle and participate in sand art workshops.

“Additionally, the Hurstville City Museum and Gallery will hold a unique exhibition, sponsored by ANZ, exploring the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac titled: Stories of the Zodiac - Exploring the 12 animal signs in Asian culture, which will officially open on Saturday, 1 February 2014 and run until Sunday, 2 March 2014.

“Also, this year for the first time, Council is hosting a special digital photography competition to coincide with the street festival.

“Photography enthusiasts are encouraged to come along to the festival and take photographs which best represent the event, and then submit their images via Council’s Flickr webpage.

“In addition, there are some great prizes on offer including; first Prize – $1,000 cash, along with a $300.00 restaurant voucher.

“Second prize is $500.00 cash, and a $200.00 restaurant voucher.

“The winning entry will be announced on Friday, 14 February 2014 and will be printed, framed and exhibited at Hurstville City Council for one month.”

Deputy Mayor Liu said Lunar New Year Festival includes a jammed packed program for everyone including children’s activities, a free lunchtime concert by well-known Vietnamese performers Thu Van and Quoc Dung, and a special fruit carving display with celebrity chef Charlie Yan.

“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,” she said.

“The 2014 Hurstville Lunar New Year is wonderful celebration of our community and I encourage local residents and businesses to get involved and participate.”

For more information on 2014 Hurstville Lunar New Year events and activities, visit http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Lunar-New-Year.html

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Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953