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February 8, 2024

Let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year will begin this weekend, so CityMag has compiled a list of ways to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

  • Words: Estee Loke
  • Above image: Freepik
  • Pictures: Supplied

Tanzbar Lunar New Year Party

Ancient World, Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 1o from 3pm until late

Ignite the dance floor and celebrate diversity at Tanzbar’s International Dance Party as you kick off the Year of the Dragon in style. Enjoy an exhilarating array of music and global influences. Bounce to the diverse lineup of pulsating techno beats and melodies from an international line-up of DJs who are Chinese-Indonesian, Australian-Thai, Indian and Brazilian. Dance into the night and raise a toast to ring in the Dragon. See you on the dance floor.

Tickets are on sale here from $10 to $15 per person.

Painting Rice Bowls

Pottering Around Semaphore, Saturday, February 10 from 2:30pm until 4:30pm

Paint your own rice bowl with Pottering Around Studio and Café while enjoying sushi and a selection of herbal teas. This two-hour event is $35 per person and is a chance to embrace the spirit of creativity and tradition as you personalise your own rice bowl. Get your friends and family together and enjoy a unique and culturally enriching Lunar New Year in a welcoming space for anyone of any skill level.

Get your tickets here.


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Asia Street Food Festival by the Sea

Glenelg Beach, February 15 until 18

Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure like no other at the Asia Street Food Festival by the Sea at Glenelg. It is a tantalising celebration of the vibrant and diverse flavours of Asia. Feast your eyes, indulge your senses, and enjoy the array of food stalls offering an eclectic mix of authentic dishes. There is something to satisfy every craving. Come hungry, leave happy.

Head to the website for more information.

People’s Day 

Standford Grand Hotel, Friday, February 16, from 7pm until 10pm

Enjoy the grandeur of the Dragon Year with delicious cuisines, Dragon dance performances, traditional Chinese dance and other live performances throughout the evening of People’s Day. It is an opportunity to indulge your taste buds with a sumptuous feast and be enchanted by the cultural wonders on display.

Tickets for this event range from $38 to $138. Book a table through the website

Chinatown Street Party

Moonta Street and Gouger Street, Saturday, February 17 from 12pm until 9pm

Ring in the Lunar New Year with a big bang at the annual Dragon Year Chinatown Street Party. Expect an unforgettable day of traditional performances and joyous celebrations with the iconic backdrop of the Chinatown arch. Admission to this extravaganza is free. It is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the tapestry of Asian culture with 80 speciality stalls and food trucks, live music, traditional and cultural performances and the much-anticipated Dragon dance.

Find out more information here.

Lunar New Year Family Workshops

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Saturday, February 17

Her Majesty’s Theatre is embarking on a mythical journey to celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a range of different events set for all ages. Discover the art of brewing the perfect cup of tea and learn about the significance of this ancient tradition at the tea-rrific interactive traditional tea ceremony by Chinese-Australian artist Jingwei Bu. Whether you are a seasoned dancer or a fresh beginner, there’s a 60-minute K-Pop dance workshop by Dopamin Studio that is sure to help you get your groove on. For the little ones, it is a special workshop where they can unleash their creativity as they bring to life their own dragon with accomplished visual artist Datsun Tran.

Get your tickets here.

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