Hurstville City Council welcomes in Year of Dragon with a vibrant street festival
Hurstville City Council kicked off a month of Chinese New Year celebrations with a spectacular street festival along Forest Road, Hurstville on Saturday (21 January 2012).
Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon said thousands of people from the suburbs of Hurstville City and all across Sydney attended the event to herald in the Year of the Dragon.
“The 2012 Hurstville Chinese New Year Street Festival this year attracted more than 50,000 people and certainly was on par if not better than the City of Sydney Festival,” he said.
“The day was an outstanding success with people of all ages and cultures coming together to enjoy the live entertainment, free kids activities and food and market stalls along Forest Road.
“The event was also a wonderful opportunity for businesses in the Hurstville CBD to showcase their products and services.”
Mayor McMahon officially opened the celebrations, which were attended by a number of special guests, including Federal Member for Banks Daryl Melham, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Roads and Ports, and Transport, The Honourable John Ajaka, MLC, The Honourable Shaoquett Moselmane, MLC, Member for Lakemba, Robert Furolo MP, Member for Oatley and Kogarah City Councillor, Mark Coure MP, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Con Hindi and Hurstville City councillors Nancy Liu and Clifton Wong, Councillor Mireille Hindi, Kogarah City Council, and Deputy Consul-General Liu Kan, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney, Vice Consul, Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney, Liu Yanzhe
There were more than 70 food, market and information stalls on the day along with a host of talented groups and solo performances including Lucy Dancing School, CASS Ballet, Winnie Cai, and a traditional lion dance performed by the Australian Yau Kung Mun Dragon and Lion Dancing group.
One lucky festival-goer, Rui Tang of Allawah, won a fabulous return trip to Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou, courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways, Macau Government Tourist Office, Australia, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Ananda Travel Service (Australia), Hong Kong Disneyland, Venetian Hotel and Resort Macao, and St George Asian Business Association.
Mayor McMahon said the 2012 Hurstville Chinese New Year Street Festival marked just the beginning of a month-long for the community.
“Chinese New Year is a time of coming together, and celebrating the great cultural diversity present in Hurstville City. So whether you’re from Chinese heritage or not, young or old, this festival has something for everyone,” he said.
“Council’s program is jam-packed with numerous events including a Chinese New Year Concert Dinner, Chinese film screenings, children’s activities and much more.
“Additionally, there is an exciting Chinese New Year exhibition Dumplings, Fried Rice and Hot Pots: Regional Cooking in China exhibition which officially opens on Saturday, 28 January 2012 at the Hurstville City Museum & Gallery, from 1.00pm.”
For more information on 2012 Hurstville Chinese New Year events and activities, visit http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Chinese-New-Year.html
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