The round-up: where to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2017
Just when we were resigned to the back-to-work doldrums after the dizzying fun of the festive season comes another reason to fill up our social calendars. The annual Chinese New Year celebration is one of the most vibrant events to take place across the world, celebrating the turn of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This year we celebrate the Year of the Rooster with celebrations spanning late January to mid February. If you are keen to take in the action this time around, we’ve compiled a handy list of festivities taking place across Brisbane.
BrisAsia Festival: Now in its fifth year, the annual BrisAsia Festival celebrates the very best in Asian culture for Chinese New Year with a range of events across the city. Taking place in 2017 from Friday January 27 to Sunday February 19, the BrisAsia Festival will encompass more than 80 events across Brisbane, including food discovery tours, Tai Chi classes, film screenings, pop culture events, theatrical performances, craft workshops and more.
Chinatown Mall: One of Brisbane’s biggest hubs of Asian cuisine will also be a go-to spot for Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. On Saturday January 28 the Chinatown Mall will come alive with lion dancers, fire shows, cultural performances, market stalls, workshops, street performers and a special Chinese New Year parade.
Sunnybank Plaza: Over four days and nights from January 25–29, Sunnybank Plaza will be the place to be for all Chinese New Year fun. The dining hub will be ground zero for a range of celebrations, including lion dances, Kung Fu demonstrations from Master Chen and the Southern Shaolin International Wushu Academy, dragon dances, Chinese calligraphy workshops, ice carving, fruit and vegetable carving, noodle making demonstrations, art and craft displays, silk embroidery classes, live music performances and much more.
Sichuan Bang Bang: Across January 29 and 30, all Sichuan Bang Bang locations (Kenmore, Paddington and Wilston) will be ringing in the Chinese New Year with a series of events that meld Sichuan cuisine with celebration. Head to Kenmore for live Chinese street performances, Paddington for a display from Theatre of Thunder and Wilston for a formidable Chinese New Year banquet.
Sunny Park: From January 25–29, Sunny Park will be hosting a range of activities to herald the Year of the Rooster, including Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, an animal farm with baby chicks, lambs and baby goats, kung fu performances and lion dances.
Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple: Nestled within parklands a stone’s throw from Logan City, Fo Guang Chan is a Buddhist temple that is a must-visit destination for any local. The temple will be hosting Chinese New Year celebrations on January 27 and 28, which will include the likes of cultural performances, food fairs, lion dancing, chanting services and more. On Sunday February 5 the temple will be hosting its cultural open day, complete with tea ceremonies, meditation classes, cultural stalls, art exhibitions and lion dancing.
Westfield Garden City: Mount Gravatt’s foodie heaven is throwing an epic celebration for Chinese New Year on Saturday January 28 with a range of events taking place in Garden City’s Town Square. We’re talking traditional Chinese lion dancing, fire twirling, kung fu dancers, special food offers and a fireworks display. On February 10–11 the shopping centre will also play hose to Asian-style night markets, complete with food stalls and live entertainment.
Technicolour Chinese New Year Night Market: A couple of weeks after the January celebrations die down, celebrate Chinese New Year all over again at the first Technicolour Chinese New Year Night Market on Saturday February 11 in Newmarket. This day is traditionally the last day of Chinese New Year celebrations and is also the date of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Come along and enjoy Asian cuisine, live cooking shows, lion dances and more.
The Glen Hotel: Over in Eight Mile Plains The Glen Hotel is getting into the swing of things with its own Chinese New Year festival. From Friday January 27 to Thursday February 2. Patrons can enjoy a special menu of sumptuous Asian cuisine, and they can also try their luck with a range of new year giveaways.
DFO Jindalee: Not only a home of great bargains, DFO Jindalee will also be a great place to participate in Chinese New Year celebrations. Parents and shoppers can take in dragon dances while the little ones get creative with a range of lantern making workshops.
Cornerstone Living: Sunnybank’s Cornerstone Living and The Corner Cafe will be marking the start of the Year of the Rooster with an afternoon of free celebrations. From 1:00 pm attendees can catch performances from the Tom Lo Lion Dance Team, participate in kite making workshops, take in a Chinese lion puppet show and sample plenty of Asian street food.
Taste of Asia: As part of the BrisAsia Festival, Taste of Asia will showcase the varied flavours and aromas of Asian cuisine. On Friday February 11 King George Square will turn into a vibrant Asian street market, with food stalls hawking the likes of teppanyaki, dumplings, buns and noodles while also hosting live music performances all night.
Kwan Brothers: Every year Alfred Street’s Kwan Brothers offer an exclusive banquet to celebrate Chinese New Year, but this year they are going all out with a competition to win two return flights to Hong Kong. If you find the Golden Ticket in your magic fortune cookie then you are the winner! Try your luck between Friday January 27 and Friday February 10.
The Brasserie on the River: Stamford Plaza will be hosting its own Chinese New Year celebrations at The Brasserie on the River on Saturday January 28, featuring a smorgasbord of Asian eats. The New Year buffet will include a range of specialty dishes, a huge selection of seafood and devilishly delicious desserts.
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: Residents of Brisbane’s west would do well to make themselves present at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre for its Chinese New Year celebrations from January 27–29. We hear tell that one of Brisbane’s biggest Chinese Lion and Dragon dances will be taking place (accompanied by live Chinese music), in addition to heaps of store offers and fortune cookie giveaways.