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Hurstville City Council set to celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted 25 November 2014 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Con Hindi and joint Chairs of the Lunar New Year Committee, Cr Nancy Liu and Cr Christina Wu today officially launched Hurstville City Council’s 2015 Hurstville Lunar New Year program of events.

Mayor Hindi said Council will welcome in the Year of the Sheep with an array of free activities and events for the community.

“The 2015 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,” he said.

“Council has proudly celebrated Lunar New Year for 12 years and it has wide appeal with both local residents and visitors from all over Sydney.

“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 event.”

At the launch, Mayor Hindi announced that the Lunar New Year Street Festival will be held on Saturday, 14 February 2015 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,” he 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 economy airfare for one adult to Beijing or Shanghai in China, courtesy of China Southern Airlines (excludes applicable airport taxes and surcharges per person).

“The popular Kids’ Corner will return to Palm Court car park, where young children can pat baby barnyard animals, enjoy amusement rides, 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 history and stories of the dragon and lion dances in Asian culture titled Mythical Dragons and Majestic Lions which will officially open on Saturday, 7 February 2015 and run until Sunday, 1 March 2015.

“Also this year, Council will be encouraging all visitors to capture the culture, spirit and excitement of the 2015 Lunar New Year Street Festival by sharing their photos via Instagram.
Hashtag your snapshot by using #lunarnewyearfestival and follow us @hurstvillecitycouncil.

Mayor Hindi said the Lunar New Year Festival includes a jammed packed program for everyone including children’s activities, special fruit carving display with celebrity chef Charlie Yan, and a youth movie screening event - One Piece Adventures in Alabaster.

“The 2015 Hurstville Lunar New Year is wonderful celebration of our community and I encourage local residents and businesses to get involved and participate,” he said.

For more information on 2015 Hurstville Lunar New Year events and activities, visit http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Lunar-New-Year.html

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