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Take the kids to experience the wonders of Lunar New Year festivities without leaving Sydney

14 January 2019

Lunar New Year Parade

This summer, Chatswood’s Year of the Pig Festival is offering a range of sensational attractions and fun experiences for kids to enjoy.  The festival, hosted by Willoughby City Council, will run from the 29th of January to the 19th of February 2019, to celebrate the Lunar New Year - bringing luck, prosperity and good health for all.

It will be a hub of entertainment for the whole family with interactive cultural activities and extraordinary sights. Families can immerse themselves in the exciting world of Lunar New Year festivities - an experience found nowhere else in Sydney with the festival hosting a number of unique, traditional Lunar New Year events in the one spot.

These are the six reasons the Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival 2019 is a must-visit event for families this summer:

1.  Interactive inflatable pig sculptures will light up the night.

At the top of Chatswood Mall and The Concourse, kids will be able to watch giant inflatable pig sculptures transform from day to evening, lighting up the Mall as a beacon of the festival. The shining light display will light up kids’ eyes and make for a great photo opportunity. Visitors are encouraged to share photos with the hashtag #chatswoodlny.

2. A lively Golden Market filled with festive goods will take kids to Asia without the long journey.

Families will find stalls selling food, decorations, toys, flowers and clothes at the festival’s Golden Market, which runs from the 29th of January to the 8th of February. Kids can enjoy the themed decorations and find some unique keepsakes worth the pocket money. The family won’t be short on entertainment with daily activities including Korean Day, K-Pop Night, Chinese Opera, Children’s Day and a comedy evening hosted by comedian Lee Ton. With decorative lanterns and a large Victoria Harbour backdrop on site, the markets will transport kids to the heart of Hong Kong – no flights needed.

3. The outside movie screenings at Flicks for Piglets will entertain the whole family.

Every Friday and Saturday evening, a selection of movies will screen at The Concourse Urban Screen with both Chinese (with subtitles) and English movies. Films include classics such as Babe: Pig in the City and Charlotte’s Web as well as new favourites including Journey to the West with Pigsy, a well-known traditional Asian character who inspired the adored Peppa Pig. Families can dine at one of the many restaurants at The Concourse before settling in with a picnic rug to enjoy a free flick.

4. Storytime in Mandarin and English will spark children’s imagination and wonder.

Bring the kids to explore new worlds through story time held at various venues and dates throughout the festival, experience stories of lion dances, dragons and zodiac animals. Children and their carers are welcome to join in to sing Chinese songs and learn about Chinese culture.

5. The New Year celebration day and parade will leave children amazed.

Kids can join the welcoming of the New Year of the pig by experiencing the festival’s headlining events. On Saturday the 9th of February, the Chinese Cultural Centre presents the New Year Celebration Day at Chatswood Mall and The Concourse. The day will showcase spectacular dragon and lion dances. On Saturday the 16th of February, the inaugural Lunar New Year Twilight Parade will make Chatswood come alive with a celebration of dances, drummers and the God of Prosperity. The amazing performances and bright colours will leave families with fond memories

6. Take home a keepsake to remember the family experience with pictorial calligraphy.

On Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of February from 1pm to 4pm, families can have their names painted using Chinese pictorial calligraphy at Westfield Chatswood. Kids will love the personalised memento from their trip into Asian culture. While at Westfield, families can also see the amazing in-centre display of 88 lucky golden pigs nearby. The pigs welcome luck and wealth for 2019 and make for a perfect photo opportunity.

Chatswood Year of the Pig Festival is brought to you by Willoughby City Council and supported by Precinct Partner General Chao, Golden Sponsors Chatswood InterchangeHKETO SydneyMercedes-Benz North ShoreWestfield Chatswood and cultural support from ACIAC and the Chinese Cultural Centre.

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