Chatswood is always the place to ring in the Lunar New Year, with events, performances, art, food and more. Here’s what’s happening to celebrate the Year of the Tiger…
The Chatswood Lunar New Year Festival celebrating The Year of the Tiger kicks off from Thursday 27 January until Sunday 20 February. Featuring comedy, art, music, performance, food, and traditional cultural celebrations, the 2022 festival will be the most vibrant to date. Spanning across multiple Chatswood locations, the events showcase the cultures of China, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Cultural delights on offer include a one-night-only Lunar New Year Comedy Festival on 12 February at The Concourse. The line-up will feature some of Australia’s funniest Asian-Australian comedians such as Lawrence Leung, Alex Lee, Michael Hing, Annie Louey, Diana Nguyen and Harry Jun.
Throughout the Festival, a diverse musical program will create a lively atmosphere. From 10 – 13 February, The Concourse outdoor space will come alive with Chatswood Tiger Beats, a free outdoor concert series with a pop-up bar, featuring some of the best Asian- Australian pop, RnB, and electronic artists, including Rainbow Chan, Lucy Sugerman, and Yeo.
Meanwhile, for classical music lovers, a pocket-sized one-hour version of the classic Mozart opera The Magic Flute directed by Peter Coleman-Wright AO will be performed on Saturday 19 February by Pacific Opera and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall at The Concourse. An evening of orchestral music merging East and West will take place on 5 February at the Lunar New Year Concert.
Quality art will be showcased at several exhibitions across Chatswood from 27 January – 20 February, including the unveiling of a major new installation by acclaimed artist Simone Chua from Amigo and Amigo of a mother tiger and her four cubs in The Concourse Reflection Pool.
At the Art Space on the Concourse, Parallel Wanderings will present work by Australian artists with Chinese cultural roots exploring Chinese landscape traditions through sculpture, photography, installation, and performance art.
Every Thursday and Friday throughout the Festival, The Golden Market will transform Chatswood Mall. A traditional market akin to those found in cities across Asia to celebrate the New Year, it will feature stalls offering Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese food, as well as Lunar New Year decorations and gifts.
The finest of Chatswood’s Asian eateries will also celebrate through a Food Trail, mapped out to highlight the remarkable Asian cuisine in the area, curated by respected food writer Lee Tran Lam.
To mark the start of Chinese New Year, a Celebration Day on 5 February at The Concourse will be one of Sydney’s largest Lunar New Year celebrations. Festivities on the day will include Chinese Opera, K-pop, traditional dance, and Lunar New Year delicacies.
And don’t forget to take in a Lion Dance! The Mix at Chatswood Place will have lion dances on Saturday 29 January and Sunday 30 January from 12noon. Commencing on ground level.
Head to www.visitchatswood.com.au/lny for more information on the Chatswood Year of the Tiger Festival, as well as booking, and ticketing details.