The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival’s Year of the Rooster celebrations present a cohesive cultural experience for locals and visitors alike, offering spectacular lighting installations, cultural performances, food experiences and activities designed to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to come together and celebrate.
Over the 17 days, we invite you to enjoy the citywide festivities from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, to Docklands and DFO South Wharf.

Festival Message

Chinese New Year is always a time of great joy and excitement, and enormous goodwill.

In Melbourne, Chinese New Year celebrations are always very special and 2017’s Year of the Rooster will be one to be heralded.

Celebrating this city’s wonderful multicultural pedigree, the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival is an opportunity for all of Melbourne to celebrate this age-old culture.

Revel in the spectacular lighting installations that will illuminate the World’s Most Liveable City along its main streets and riverside, the waterways and Queen Victoria Market – its number one tourist attraction. 

And remember, Roosters are always active, amusing and popular, they are outspoken, open, honest, and loyal. They are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.

So with Roosters in mind, Melbourne will come alive with firecrackers, feasts and fiery dragons combined with many cultural delights.

With tremendous support from government and business based on a unified and cohesively branded Festival, CNY United’s efforts will bring to life the whole of Melbourne during this important multicultural festival period.

So, welcome to a delightful melding of heritage, culture and hospitality from 27 January to 12 February 2017.


Jane Nathan
Chair Chinese New Year United


Beverley Pinder
Festival Liaison

Message from the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade

The Victorian Government and Study Melbourne are honoured to join you in welcoming the Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival heralds the dawn of this new year, especially for those born in the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac.

Victoria’s Chinese community has played a key role in the development of our state, stretching back to its earliest days. In fact, Melbourne is home to the longest continuous Chinese settlement in any western country and is home to one of the oldest Chinatowns in the southern hemisphere.

The Government’s commitment to Chinese New Year

celebrations recognises those strong historical relationships between Victoria and China and our commitment to see that bond grow stronger.

The festival shows Victoria’s vibrant multiculturalism and inclusiveness as a hub for locals, visitors and international students to share in the celebrations.

The Victorian Government will continue to strengthen our people-to-people links with China through tourism, business engagement and of course through the many Chinese students that choose to study in Victoria for years to come.

I wish you all happiness, prosperity and a wonderful New Year!

Hon Philip Dalidakis MP
Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade

Message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne

lord-mayor-melbourne-robert-doyleOne of our city’s favourite events, the Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival, unites families and friends to
celebrate Chinese culture and traditions across the city.

The 2017 Chinese New Year Festival offers spectacular lighting installations, cultural performances, culinary
experiences and a host of activities to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.

Experience the joy and excitement of fireworks and dragon dances at this time of new beginnings and new

This colourful festival is one of many celebrations of Melbourne’s diverse multicultural community. We are home to people from more than 200 countries, who speak 260 languages and dialects and practice 135 religious faiths. But we are one Melbourne.

Chinese people have helped build and shape our great city, and the City of Melbourne is proud to honour these contributions through our support of Chinese New Year festivities.

In this most auspicious Year of the Rooster I wish you all a safe, productive and prosperous year ahead.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Robert Doyle
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

CNY United Pty Ltd

Chair – Jane Nathan
Vice Chair- Junxi Su, Federation of Chinese Associations
Vice Chair – David Wong, See Yup Society
Treasurer – Thomas Ling, Federation of Chinese Associations
Secretary – John Forman, Red Rock Leisure
Festival Liaison – Beverley Pinder-Mortimer

Committee Members
David Wong, Australian Chinese Events Committee
Arthur Wu, Chinese Masonic Society

Ben Lau, Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne
Carmen Lau, Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne
Laura Cavallo, Destination Melbourne
Kate Flynn, Destination Melbourne
Phil Chan, President Dragon Boat Victoria
Charlie Zhang – Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat Inc
Ming Yuan, Geelong Chinese Association
Emma Cullen, Eureka Skydeck