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Chinese Dragon and Lion Parade

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 — 1.00pm to 1.25pm

Sovereign Hill Main Street

To welcome in Chinese New Year, the Chinese dragon, Xin Loong, and Chinese lions will dance up the Main Street of Sovereign Hill.

Hands-On Activities for Kids

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 — 11.00am to 4.00pm

Horse Bazaar at Sovereign Hill

Welcome in Chinese New Year by getting hands-on with great activities for kids! Create your own Chinese paper pig, have your name written in Chinese characters, wish others good fortune for the Year of the Pig by making a lucky money envelope and watch a professional Chinese artist at work.

Chinese Camp Tour

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 — Chinese tours at 11.50am or 2.5pm and English tours at 11.30am and 2pm

Chinese Camp at Sovereign Hill

Visit the Chinese Camp and find out how Chinese people lived during the gold rush.

The Anti-Chinese League

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 — 12pm to 12.30pm

Sovereign Hill

Why were some people determined to stop Chinese immigration in the 1850s? Come to a theatre performance re-creating a public meeting to ban Chinese people from the Ballarat goldfields and hear an 1850s debate about racism.

Chinese Performances

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 — 1.45pm to 2.30pm

Victoria Theatre

Discover the importance of the Chinese Year of the Dog and enjoy colourful performances of ribbon dancing, fan dancing, Tai Chi and other traditional Chinese entertainment.

Collection Store

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 from 3.30pm to 4pm

Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street (opposite Sovereign Hill)

What mysterious objects lie inside the Gold Museum’s collection store? Find out during an exclusive tour behind-the-scenes and discover the rare Chinese collections. Suitable for ages 15+. Numbers are limited so please book at the Victoria Theatre.

Exhibition Floor Talks

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 from 3pm to 3.20pm

Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street (opposite Sovereign Hill)

The Gold Museum holds a rare collection of Chinese decorative arts from the Sichuan province which were collected in the early 20th century by missionaries George and Robina Arnott-Rogers. Find out more on a tour of the Gold Museum’s largest exhibition, ‘Wonderful Things’. Suitable for ages 15+. Numbers are limited so please book at the Victoria Theatre.

Wishing Tree

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 – All day

Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street (opposite Sovereign Hill)

What’s your wish for the New Year? Make it come true by hanging it on the Wishing Tree in the Gold Museum foyer.

Conservation Corner

Sunday 10 & 17 February 2019 – 2pm to 5pm

Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street (opposite Sovereign Hill)

The Gold Museum has the older processional lion in Australia, dating back to the 1890s. Discover the lion’s journey from China to Ballarat and hear about the recent efforts to preserve it.

CACSB CNY 2019 Dinner

Monday 11 February 2019 — 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Golden Crown

Tickets from $45 per person.

Chinese New Year Ceremony in the Chinese Camp

Sunday 17 February 2019— 10.45am to 11.15am

Chinese Camp at Sovereign Hill

Welcome the Chinese New Year of the Pig with lions, drums and a traditional Chinese ceremony in the Chinese Temple.

Lion Dance Workshop

Sunday 17 February 2019 — 12.30pm to 12.45pm

Victoria Theatre

Find out about Chinese Lion Dancing and have a go yourself.