Published on : Friday, January 27, 2017
To mark the 2017 Chinese New Year, Victoria is hosting a culture-packed two week program bigger and better than ever. Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren recently launched the 2017 Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival at Eureka 89.
“Our expanded Chinese New Year program is a big driver of visitation too – and that means more opportunities for Victoria’s businesses,” the Minister said.
Light installations, dragon boat demonstrations, lion dancing and a showcase at the Queen Victoria Market will headline the festivities.
This year’s events will engage Victoria’s 175,000 international students – some 30 per cent are Chinese. Activities will include Tai Chi, Chinese dance and a special ‘home away from home’ winner.
Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat will feature unique traditional Chinese ceremonies, complete with music, martial arts demonstrations and one-off art exhibitions.
Victoria’s Chinese community is one of the longest continuous Chinese
settlements in the western world, while Melbourne is home to one of the oldest Chinatown precincts in the southern hemisphere.
And China is Victoria’s number one two-way trading market, valued at more than $20 billion in 2015.