February 3, 11.00am - 10.00pm
Queensbridge Square, Queensbridge Street

The 2019 Melbourne Chinese New Year Festival Yarra Trams Cultural Kaleidoscope includes a series of cultural activities within the main area of the Queensbridge Square that showcase Chinese and various other Asian countries’ traditional customs and culture. Marquees will have different programs to suit a range of audiences regardless of the age.

Streets of Chinese Cuisine:

This marquee will be the hub of Chinese food and traditional recipes, passed down from generations to generations. Serving up a variety of finger food and shareable dishes that are commonly associated with Chinese New Year such as dumplings, sweet rice cakes, lamb skewers, savory pancakes and spring rolls. This will also be complimented by live cooking demonstrations by the 2017 MasterChef winner Diana Chen, giving the audience the opportunity to learn how to cook traditional meals and understand the background into the tastes and flavours of China.

Various workshops & demonstrations

Visitors to the Cultural Kaleidoscope will have the opportunity to partake in a series of cultural workshops and demonstrations throughout the day and into the night.

Some of the day activities include cooking shows, traditional tea ceremonies, martial arts demonstrations, traditional instrument classes, Tai Chi, paper cutting, calligraphy, painting, dances, parades, as well as photo opportunities.

Then, as the sun goes down, choose from a variety of traditional performances to watch, from dance, parade, Kung Fu, drums, Tai Chi, Square dancing, as well as dance performances from youth groups.

See complete schedule below:

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Cultural performance
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Food demonstration
8:00pm – 9:00pm: LED presentation and performances
9:00pm – 10:00pm: A combination of traditional Chinese and modern Western music and performances