The Year of the Dragon celebrations are running from 10 until 24 February and the community is invited to several events to mark the occasion.

The festivities begin on Saturday 10 February at Gordon Library with several events including a Chinese folk dancing performance, a workshop on traditional Chinese calligraphy and a chance to try on some traditional Chinese opera costumes.

Also at Gordon Library on Tuesday 20 February you can try your hand at Chinese flour dough doll building. This ancient art started 1000 years ago and is still popular today.

On Saturday 24 February the library is running a free lantern riddle event between 9am and 3pm. Paper lanterns will be hidden around the library, each one containing a riddle. Solve all the riddles and win a prize!

From Thursday 15 February you can learn the basics of Tai-Chi over at the St Ives community centre near the St Ives Shopping Village. This is an 8-week program where you’ll learn the basics of the ancient Chinese martial art, which is based on gentle exercise and balance movements.

On Friday 16 February between 5pm and 9pm St Ives Village Green will be the venue for a Lunar New Year food festival. Food trucks and food stalls will be at the Green, with visitors able to sit outside and eat or pick up a tasty takeaway to take home.

Mayor Sam Ngai said the Lunar New Year had become an important community-based celebration in Ku-ring-gai.

“The food festival this year is our biggest yet, with lion dancers, amusement rides and other traditional entertainment. It’s going to be a great night out for the whole family.”

Ku-ring-gai’s Lunar New Year Festival is proudly funded through a grant from the NSW Government.

For more information about the Lunar New Year festival activities visit krg.nsw.gov.au/lunarnewyear

 

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