Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival 2020

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Immerse yourself in the sensational new year festivities of Asia without leaving Sydney. Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2019, Willoughby City Council’s Lunar New Year celebrations will return with the exciting and immersive Chatswood Year of the Rat Festival in 2020. Bought to you by Willoughby City Council and supported by Precinct Partner General Chao with cultural support from ACIAC and the Chinese Cultural Centre

More exciting events to be announced.

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    Golden Market

    Thursdays & Fridays, 20 January - 8 February

    Visit Asia without the cost of the plane ticket every Thursday and Friday at the Golden market.  

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    Where it Shines: Exhibition by Grace Sui

    22 January to 9 February

    The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture and Willoughby City Council presents a photographic exhibition from renowned photographer Grace Sui. 

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    Everyday Dignity: Exhibition by David Cubby

    22 January to 9 February

    The Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture in partnership with Willoughby City Council presents a photographic exhibition by David Cubby 

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    Lion Dances

    25 January to 7 February

    A celebration dating back over a thousand years, martial arts performers mimic lions’ movements while dressed in larger than life lion costumes. 

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    The Interchange New Year Day Celebrations

    Saturday 25 January | 12pm and 5pm

    Celebrate the first day of the Lunar Calendar by visiting Chatswood Interchange and experience lion dancers, drummers, martial arts demonstrations and a dancing Buddha. 

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    Cheng Lam and Student Art Exhibition

    25 January to 31 January

    Presented by the Chinese Cultural Centre, the exhibition includes oil, watercolour and Chinese paintings as well as Chinese calligraphy. 

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    Chinese New Year Celebration Day

    Saturday 1 February

    Chatswood CBD will come alive with live entertainment including Chinese Opera, magic shows and face changing at this highly anticipated annual event.  

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    Lunar New Year Twilight Parade

    Saturday 8 February

    Join thousands of spectators and line the street to experience the exciting fanfare of a traditional lunar new year street parade. 

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Willoughby City Council General Chao ACIAC Chinese Cultural Centre