Celebrate the Year of the Sheep at the Chinese New Year festival in Box Hill on Saturday 14 February 2015.
Central Box Hill will be filled with food, music and a spectacular traditional parade during the 12 hour event running from 1pm-1am.
The showcase of Chinese culture and unique style of celebration will include activities and entertainment for all ages.
Whitehorse City Council is proud to once again support the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse as it brings an exciting program of entertainment and stalls to one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne.
Chinese New Year festivities are full of sound, colour, dance and sweet treats to mark the start of another year full of promise.
The stunning Parade of Choi Sun (Chinese God of Fortune) will entertain, while a visit to the giant Buddha statue will give some a chance to pray for a prosperous, safe year to come.
Other entertainment include traditional lion and dragon dancers moving through the crowd to count in the New Year, a firecracker show, martial arts demonstrations, singers, dancers, games and amusement rides for all ages.
Stalls will sell Chinese New Year souvenirs and merchandise, and there will be a market of unique and authentic Asian cuisine.
The festival will be held in and around the Box Hill Mall and along the section of Whitehorse Road adjoining the Mall.
This cross-cultural event is ‘Waste Wise’ and Council is working with the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse to encourage stallholders to reduce and recycle waste. Volunteers will assist visitors as they recycle their waste at the appropriate bins at the event.
SBS Radio will broadcast live from the event.
The Main Stage (located at the intersection of Market St & Main St) will be the hosting a full entertainment program from 2pm (Saturday) to 12:30am (Sunday). The program is subject to change but is outlined here:
2:00pm – 4:00pm Community Performances
4:30pm – 5:00pm Dragon and Lion Dance Parade
5:00pm – 6:00pm Official Opening Ceremony
7:00pm – 7:15pm Q&A AFL (Hawks) players appearance
7:15pm – 7:50pm Music Performances
7:50pm – 8:10pm AFL onstage handball competition
8:10pm – 11:30pm Singing, dance and band performances
11:30pm – 12:30am Midnight Countdown, Lion Dancing, Choi Sun & firecracker display
THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP (RAM)The Year of the Sheep - the eighth sign in the Chinese Zodiac - indicates a year of peace and inspiration. Those born under this sign are said to be considerate, sensitive and very creative. They are the dreamers, with elegant artistic charm. 'Sheep' have been born in the following years: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003.
HOW TO GET THEREWith 80,000 people expected, parking will be very limited. Some roads will also be closed. Visitors are encouraged to leave the car at home and make their way to this year’s event by using public transport:
To be confirmed
STALL APPLICATIONS & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Applications and additional information can be obtained through the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse website: www.abaw.com.au. If you need to translate this page, you can do so by accessing the website via Google and clicking 'translate'.
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