The Year of the Dragon – the fifth of the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle – is considered propitious for starting new business ventures, getting married and is generally considered good luck in Chinese mythology.
The Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese communities will celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year with a mix of performances in Chinatown next weekend. About 10,000 people will descend on Moonta St next Saturday (January 28) to mark the Year of the Dragon. Up to 20 groups of dancers and musicians will take to the stage throughout the day and 17 stalls will sell a mix of food, including Malaysian and Indian cuisines. The Chinese dragon will go through the Central Market from 11.30am to noon. The street party will be held next Saturday, January 28 – the ninth day of the Lunar calendar. Celebrations will kick off at 10am and run until 5.30pm. Article reproduced from the Messenger
The City of Sydney will host its annual Twilight Parade on January 29 to welcome in the auspicious Chinese Year of the Dragon.
Friday nights is when Chinatown’s business community stops by the International Food Plaza to catch up with familiar faces and discuss recent events. A great conduit for networking in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Many events and business activities are planned over shared plates of delicious food and some local wines or beer.
Harajuku fashion will transform Chinatown from next month. The city’s anime and cosplay communities have joined forces to celebrate Asian cultures, including fashion and music, in Moonta St, on the first Friday night of each month. Anime is a Japanese abbreviation for the word animation and cosplay is a shortened term for costume role play, which refers to the sub-culture of dressing up as characters from video games, comics and anime. The event will feature best-dressed competitions, DJs playing Asian pop music and fashion parades. Australian Asian Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Conan Fahey, who is helping organise the event, said he wanted to bring a taste of Japan to Chinatown. “It is about reinvigorating Chinatown with different sorts of events and activities,” Mr Fahey said. “There is a whole sub-culture here in Adelaide where people from non-Chinese or non-Korean heritages seem to be embracing this Japanese and Chinese pop cultures
Mr Guo Zhaoxin, Vice Governor of Shandong Province visited Adelaide to further discuss economic cooperation between Shandong Province and South Australia and to celebrate the anniversary of our successful Sister State relationship. The Premier of South Australia Mike Rann hosted an official dinner for the Vice Governor and delegation on the 17 October 2011. Premier Rann last met the Shandong Provincial Governor Jiang Daming on his business mission to Shandong on 12 April 2011. We look forward to further positive outcomes in a wide variety of industry sectors for Adelaide and South Australia.
Adelaide-based Australia China Development Company general manager Conan Fahey, who helps trade between Australia and China, said Chinatown was under-utilised.
Fireworks, lion dances, martial arts displays and a fashion parade will help ring in the Lunar New Year at a street party in Chinatown this Saturday. Adelaide’s multicultural communities will showcase their music, dance and food at the event, which marks the start of the 15-day Lunar New Year festival on February 3. According to the Chinese Zodiac 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Chinese astrology says people born under the rabbit (for example 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 and 1999) make ideal diplomats or politicians, and have grace, culture and beautiful manners. The free street party on Moonta St, between Gouger and Grote streets, starts at 11am.
“Weiping has never taken part in Australian Chinese New Year before, so this is her first chance to see how things are done here. She helps out anyway she can, meets some new people, and finds out that although some things stay the same, the celebrations here are different because Australia has people from all over Asia.” My Australia: Episode 13 – Part 3 You Tube Clip
Conan Fahey from the Australian Asian Chamber of Commerce (AACCI) for winning the 2010 Council for International Trade and Commerce (SA) CITCSA Awards Outstanding Long-Term Contribution award