CHINESE NEW YEAR MELBOURNE FESTIVAL 2019

The Federation of Chinese Associations will once again host the 2019 Chinese New Year Festival to mark the Year of the Pig. In Chinese mythology, the Pig is symbolic for bravery and determination in the face of conflict. This year, celebrations will be spread across the CBD and associated venues, spreading light, colour and laughter throughout.
Additionally, there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to get involved in, and traditional Chinese dishes served up to tantalise your tastebuds. This is a celebration not to be missed.

Festival Message

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Chinese New Year is the most important date in the lunar calendar as it marks a milestone that brings forth new opportunity, good luck and a fresh start to the New Year.

The 2019 Chinese New Year is the Year of the Pig, an especially lucky zodiac sign that in Chinese mythology represents good fortune, bravery and an unmatched determination. Their round bellies and kind eyes make them loyal, affectionate and loveable.

Each year, Melbourne partners with Chinese New Year United to present two action packed filled weeks full of light, colour and laughter. Some of Melbourne’s most iconic sights and streets are transformed with the sound of drums, the smell of firecrackers and the rainbow of fireworks that paint the night sky.

This year, the Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, the 5th of February, but the activities do not stop there, running until the 17th. Over the course of the two weeks, you’re invited to share in the delights of the festive season, whether it’s by trying your hand at one of the many the traditional art workshops, or simply enjoying a live cultural performance. The opportunities are endless.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 2019 Chinese New Year Festival. A merging of culture, heritage and hospitality that promises to bring good luck and good fortune to the city of Melbourne.

See you there!

Thomas Ling
Chair – Chinese New Year United PTY. LTD.

Message from the Lord Mayor of Melbourne

sally-capp-resizedOne of our city’s favourite events, the Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne 2019, unites families and friends to celebrate Chinese culture and traditions across the city.

Soak up the vibrant atmosphere as you experience traditional cooking demonstrations, enjoy the spectacular lighting installations and cultural dances, get involved in workshops or try your hand at the ancient art of calligraphy or Chinese square dancing.

Taste your way through an array of mouth-watering food and watch the Lion Dance to ring in the Year of the Pig at Queensbridge Square.

This colourful festival is one of many celebrations of Melbourne’s diverse multicultural community. Our city is home to people speaking 260 different languages and dialects, and practicing 135 faiths. Melbourne’s diversity is its strength.

The Chinese community has 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 through our Triennial Sponsorship Program.

Melbourne’s Chinese community has played a significant role in our proud multicultural history and the wider Victorian community enjoys and embraces Chinese culture and cuisine.

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

Happy Chinese New Year!

Sally Capp
Lord Mayor of Melbourne

Message from the Minister for Families and Social Services

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I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the Chinese New Year festival in Melbourne.

Throughout the world, Chinese New Year is always a wonderful celebration. The fifteen days of festivities in Melbourne are a great tribute to organisers and a long line of Chinese Australians who generously share the cultural heritage families brought to Australia generations ago.

Chinese New Year has been celebrated in Victoria for well over a century and a half, the first Chinese settlers having arrived in the 1850s. Melbourne’s Chinatown dates from 1851 and is one of the oldest in the western world.

The way in which Chinese New Year is embraced and celebrated across Australia is a measure of the great contribution Chinese Australians have made to our national story.

Chinese Australians have made a remarkable contribution to Australian life in every field of endeavour and they continue to do so.

Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate together, especially with our families. This year’s celebrations usher in the Year of the Pig, signifying diligence, compassion and generosity.

I wish you all the best for a happy Chinese New Year, with good health and good fortune in 2019.

The Hon. Paul Fletcher
Minister for Families and Social Services

Message from the Chinese Consul-General in Melbourne

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On behalf of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, I wish to extend warm congratulations to the 2019 Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival, and best wishes to the Chinese community in Victoria. Taking this opportunity, I would also like to express sincere thanks to all those who have supported and contributed to the fruitful cooperation between Victoria and China.

Celebrations of the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is an iconic tradition of the Chinese culture, which promotes friendship, harmony, peace and prosperity. Started by the Chinese community, the Chinese New Year celebrations in Victoria have been widely enjoyed by people across the state for decades. It has become a highlight on Victoria’s multicultural calendar, a showcase of the vitality of the Chinese community and a symbol of Victoria-China friendship.

I am delighted to learn that the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival 2019 held by the Federation of Chinese Associations will embrace 16 days of exciting events showcasing the Chinese culture. I hope these festivities will promote greater mutual understanding and appreciation among different communities in Victoria and further deepen the friendship between the Australian and Chinese people.

I wish the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival 2019 a complete success and wish everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Pig!

Zhao Jian
Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne

Message from the Premier of Victoria

daniel-andrew-resizedWelcome to the 2019 Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival.

You can’t tell the story of Victoria without our Chinese communities.

Because of their many contributions, our state is stronger, more open and more inclusive.
As these communities have grown, Chinese New Year has become one of the most important days in our state’s calendar, and a day celebrated by all Victorians.

I’d like to thank everyone involved with organising this Festival, which brings together Victorians from all walks of life to celebrate our Chinese communities and their proud contributions to our state.

And I wish every Victorian a very happy Year of the Earth Pig.
May it bring you and your loved ones health, prosperity, and good fortune.
新年快樂 萬事如意

The Hon Dan Andrews MP
Victorian Premier

Message from the Leader of the Opposition

It gives bill-shorten-resizedme great pleasure to send my well wishes to everyone taking part in the 2019 Chinese New Year Festivities in Melbourne.

Sometimes referred to as the Spring Festival, New Year is a significant time for Chinese people all across the globe – a chance to reflect on the year that has passed and to look forward with optimism and hope to a new year of health and happiness.

This year we celebrate the Year of the Pig which occupies the twelfth and final position on the Chinese zodiac. The Pig traditionally symbolises fortune, luck and success in all spheres of life. It is often said that people born in the Year of the Pig are fun-loving, happy, trusting and brave.

Here in Australia, Chinese and non-Chinese alike will take part in the festive New Year celebrations – embracing the exciting sounds, sights, tastes and rituals of this colourful festival throughout our major cities and regional communities.

We are fortunate that so many Chinese families have built their lives here in our great city, becoming a major part of Melbourne’s successful multicultural tradition.

On behalf of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, I pay tribute to the outstanding contribution of the Australian Chinese community over many generations. You have helped to cultivate a genuinely multicultural and cohesive society, promoting peace and goodwill amongst your fellow citizens.

Thank you to CNY United for organising an excellent program of Chinese New Year festivities in Melbourne. May the New Year be filled with good fortune and opportunity for you and your families.

Yours sincerely

Bill Shorten
Leader of the Opposition

Message from the Prime Minister

scott-morrison-resized It is my great pleasure to wish the Australian Chinese community a wonderful Chinese New Year, and peace, health and happiness for the months ahead.
This year ushers in the Year of the Pig, traditionally associated with diligence, compassion, and generosity. As you gather to welcome its arrival, I hope you feel uplifted by this moment of celebration.
Our nation is proud of the economic, cultural and political ties we share with China, strengthened by the contributions of those of Chinese descent in Australia.

For more than 200 years, and through successive waves of immigration, Chinese migrants have worked hard, brought new ideas, and helped to shape our Australian identity and prosperity.

All Australians should cherish our diverse and harmonious society, and stand together in affirmation of the hard-won freedoms that allow us to live together in peace.
As the ‘Father of Federation’, Sir Henry Parkes, expressed more than a century ago, it is “all the fruits of the culture of the world” that give our nation strength.
With these thoughts in mind, and in a warm spirit of friendship, I wish everyone a prosperous and auspicious Chinese New Year.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP
Prime Minister of Australia

CNY United Pty Ltd

Thomas Ling – Chairperson/Sponsorship
Charles Zhang — Secretary/Logistics
Junxi Su — Performance Coordinator
Min Yuan – Designs
Blair Lin – Publicity/Design
Laura Qin – Media
Jordan Liang — General support
Peter Wong — Lion Dance
Members: Liping Hang; Diana Lin; Bear Lin