16th February 2013 will bring the biggest Lunar New Year Celebration ever held in Adelaide. Chinatown Adelaide South Australia (CASA) in partnership with the Adelaide City Council, will hold the Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party in Moonta St, Gouger Street and several lane ways in the surrounding precinct. For the first time Gouger Street will be closed and transformed into a vibrant bustling bazaar.
30+ performers, 60+ stalls, lion dances, free family friendly activities, competitions, live music and giveaways will keep you entertained until late.
Massive Street Restaurant
For the first time during a Lunar New Celebration Gouger street will be closed. Aside from many stalls and street activities the street will be filled with tables to allow guests to participate in a mass outdoor dining spectacle. You will be able to sample food from any Gouger Street restaurant. From 6 until late you can book a table for $88. This reserves a table for your family, friends or organisation. Each table seats 8 people. You may purchase food and alcohol from nearby restaurants who will be prepared for you with signature dishes. Participating businesses will be contributing to surprise baskets of goodies. A fantastic way to spend the evening as the street lights up with cultural decorations, lanterns and performances.
All the tables are booked out!
Entertainment starts at 12pm and continues on until late! Performances include local traditional and contemporary acts and dancers. Lion Dances and firecrackers will usher in the year of the snake.
In the evening the stage under Chinatown’s iconic Peifang gates will feature upbeat live music and performances. A featured act is George & Noriko, a crowd favourite on Australia’s Got Talent. “Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, George and Noriko have been kicking up a storm wherever they play. His lightning fast blues licks, and growling harmonica enhanced by the percussive sounds of the traditional, fretless three-string shamisen has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues.” (http://www.georgekamikawa.com.au/george-noriko/)
Check what others have said about their dynamic act.
Noriko Tadano’s way of playing her shamisen ( a three-stringed, guitar-like instrument) has been described as “Japanese version of Slash, from Guns ‘N’ Roses”
“George and Noriko’s unique performances have wowed thousands across the nation on Australia’s Got Talent.”
AVCon and Harajuku no Yoko will be located at the east end of Gouger Street. Check out DJ’s, anime, competitions, kids activities, demonstrations and Adelaide’s best cosplayers. AVCOon are hosting outdoor gaming tournements and a cosplay competition with great prizes. Finalists from the cosplay competition will be featured on the main stage. Harajuku no Yoko will be holding a Lunar New Year Edition on the day with all the usual fun including fashion parades, cool traders like Pastel Hospital and Zombie Cupcake Couture and some more surprises soon to be announced.
You will find a huge variety of products, food and community services along Moonta Street and Gouger Street. We are currently finalising the stallholders. Many participants will bring giveaways and provide activities for children.
This is an event you can bring the whole family to. We have great activities planned for kids of all ages. The AVCON/Harajuku area will host outdoor gaming and a streetfighter tournament, mahjong tables, colouring and bead making activities, calligraphy and fun games will keep little people occupied. Westpac bank is hosting a “Mums N Bubs” parenting area which will be cool and entertain kids under 5 as well as offering other necessary parenting facilities (closes 5pm). More announcements soon.
Volunteers and Information booth
We are grateful for the support of many volunteers who will be on hand to make sure the event is a success. Event guides will be available from them and also the information booth.