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.

It's brought to you by Willoughby City Council and supported by Precinct Partner General Chao, Golden Sponsors Chatswood Interchange, Chatswood RSL, King Living Prosperity Sponsors The Mix at Chatswood Place and North Shore Mini Garage with cultural support from ACIAC, Air China and the Chinese Cultural Centre

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Due to predicted high rainfall and potentially dangerous conditions, unfortunately we have to cancel the Twilight Parade that was scheduled for 8 February from 6.30pm. Sorry for any inconvenience. Our Golden Market and art exhibitions will continue as planned.

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    Festival Eats

    Explore 35 Asian restaurants

    Make a day of it and see why Chatswood is renowned as a world-class hub of Asian food. 

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    Adam Liaw - Chatswood culinary ambassador

    Local resident and celebrity chef

    Read about Adam Liaw; a writer, cook, television presenter and former lawyer 

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    Adam Liaw’s 5 Best Dumplings in Chatswood

    Watch the video now

    Take yourself on Adam Liaw’s self-guided dumpling tour 

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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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    Lucky Slogan Calligraphy Demonstration

    21 January | 12pm - 2pm

    Come and pick up a lucky slogan to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rat, and the Chinese New Year. 

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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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    Chatswood Rat Attack Public Artwork

    22 January to 8 February

    Get up close and personal with thousands of rats as they take over the Chatswood CBD in this striking public artwork. 

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    Lion Dances

    23 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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    Fanny 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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    Jumbo Mahjong

    27 January to 1 February | 9am - 2pm Daily

    Join in with jumbo Mahjong, using beautiful giant red and gold tiles featuring the Chinese Zodiac animals and descriptions of their characteristics. 

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    Preschool Storytime

    28 - 31 January & 3 Febraury

    Enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft activity at this lunar new year themed preschool story time, suitable for children ages three to six.  

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    The King of Lunar Celebrations

    30 January | 6pm - 8pm

    Global lifestyle brand King Living invites you to an exclusive experience to celebrate the year of the rat. 

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    Chinese New Year Celebration Day

    Saturday 1 February | 9am - 4:30pm

    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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    Little Bear Storytime (Korean)

    Monday 3 February | 10:45am to 11:15am

    Enjoy free songs, rhymes and stories presented in Korean about the lunar new year at Chatswood Library.  

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    Mandarin Language Beginner Course

    4 February - 3 March | 6:30pm - 7:30 pm

    A fun and interactive 5-week Mandarin course for beginners where you will learn to introduce yourself and talk about what you like.  

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    Lucky Chatty

    5 February | 6:30 pm

    We’ve unleashed the creativity of SBS host Adam Liaw and General Chao Executive Chef Son Sewoo to create a special banquet, reminiscent of their collective travels throughout Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan.  

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    Origami Workshop

    8 February | 2pm - 3:30 pm

    Make a cute origami Chinese God of Wealth and rodent to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

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    Lunar New Year Twilight Parade


    Due to predicted high rainfall and potentially dangerous conditions 

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