Chinese New Year Festival
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. This vibrant arts Festival has a program bursting with cultural events, markets, tours, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free. The City of Sydney is preparing to welcome the Year of the Sheep with one of the most spectacular Chinese New Year programs in its 19-year history, led by an army of Terracotta Warriors. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the festival, which features more than 80 family friendly events, is expected to attract more than 600,000 visitors from Sydney, interstate and overseas.
The Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors have previously only been shown in China and the United Kingdom, and are in Australia for the first time as part of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. Illuminated against the beauty of Sydney Harbour for ten days and nights only, this unique exhibition is an unforgettable experience.
The artwork was created for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 by a team of Chinese artist including Xia Nan. It was inspired by the famous army of terracotta warriors uncovered in the tomb of China’s first Emperor in 1974, and uses traditional Chinese lantern designs to re-imagine the awe-inspiring historic discovery.
Where: around the city
How often: annually
For how long: 17 days