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Sydney will turn on its lunar charm to welcome the Year of the Tiger with the biggest Chinese New Year Festival outside of Asia from 12 – 28 February.

This year’s Festival will be the best yet with an exciting new program which blends the contemporary with the traditional, from big screen karaoke in Belmore Park and the spectacular Twilight Parade to tea ceremonies and banquets.

More than 600,000 people attended the Festival last year, making it one of Sydney’s fastest growing and most popular events. The event also attracts international media coverage reaching millions of viewers in Asia.

Anchored by the Twilight Parade (Sunday 21 February), the Festival program has more than 60 events including markets, dragon boat races, temple tours, films, art exhibitions, kids’ events, history, food and cultural tours, calligraphy demonstrations, opera, fireworks and banquets.

The Festival kicks off this Friday 12 February at the Belmore Park in Haymarket at 6.30pm with a spectacular line up of entertainment, including a magical ‘face changing’ performance by visiting artists from China. Performers wear brightly coloured masks which they change within a fraction of a second.

Other exclusive launch entertainment will be a dance piece performed by Chen Wen of Sydney Dance Company, and a performance by young Sydney artists fusing the ancient martial art of Wushu and modern hip hop.

The fun continues over the weekend at the Chinese New Year Markets with a big screen karaoke competition, open air film screening, live entertainment, kids’ activities, the Live Green House, traditional craft demonstrations from Chongqing, and more than 50 market stalls at Belmore Park.

So why not get involved? For more details hit www.sydneychinesenewyear.com.au or call 1800 032 551.