The Year of the Fire Rooster
The Chinese population in Perth is growing rapidly and there is no better way to showcase their culture by celebrating Chinese New Year. As the lunisolar calendar ticks over to a new year, Chinese festivities are well under way. Perth City welcomes the Year of the Fire Rooster with the biggest celebration of Chinese New Year ever seen in WA. Get into the spirit as Perth lights up with lanterns and delivers an array of great food, music, dancing and art for all age groups.
Here are our top 5 picks for celebrating the Year of the Rooster here in WA!
1. Chinese New Year Festival at the Quay
Elizabeth Quay, Perth, Jan 27-Feb 5
Elizabeth Quay is offering the whole package this Chinese New Year! Get the family together and head down to the waterfront for a fun-packed evening of Chinese culture. Enjoy an exquisite display of glowing red lanterns, Chinese dragons and the 12 zodiac animals including the Golden Rooster. Enjoy learning Chinese history and tradition and what your Chinese horoscope predicts for the year ahead. Don’t miss the lion dancing ceremony as the dancers ward off all evil spirits and welcome the new year.
At the Quay you will find:
Chef cooking demonstrations
Folk Arts and Crafts Activities
“Kiss the Sun, Marry the Moon” Photo Exhibit
Mulan Culture & Association Dancers
Tuishou Martial Arts Class
Chung Wah Cultural Dancers
Digital Giant Chinese Lantern
Interactive Zodiac Projection
Photo: “Kiss the Sun, Marry the Moon” Photo Exhibit
2. Twilight Hawkers Markets
Forrest Place, Perth, Feb 3.
What’s a celebration without great food, right? Head down to the award winning Twilight Hawkers Markets in Forrest Place to chow down on some authentic Asian food. The Twilight Hawkers Markets have it down packed bringing outdoor deliciousness to the Chinese festivities. Amid the glow of red lanterns, catch up with family and friends or grab an after work bite and enjoy a variety of authentic Asian cuisine and live entertainment.
Twilight Hawkers Markets, Perth
3. Leeuwin Estate Golden Degustation
Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River, Jan 21-Feb 5.
If your based a little too far south from the Perth festivities, not to worry, the Chinese celebrations have landed in Margaret River! Welcome the year of the Rooster by enjoying a special eight course Golden Degustation menu at Leeuwin Estate. This limited offer will feature Chinese New Year inspired entrees, mains and desserts using only the best, fresh, seasonal produce. Yum!
Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River
4. Chinese New Year Show
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, Feb 18.
If you missed the new year festivities, or just love Chinese culture, The Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is hosting a spectacular show later in the month you don’t want to miss! A team of 20 young performers from the renowned Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe will showcase ancient civilisation through a contemporary lens with a collage of colour, sound and youthful energy. The Troupe is a growing sensation having performed at the UN Headquarters in the US as well as throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, building bridges across cultures.
Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe
5. Lunar New Year at Crown
Great Eastern Highway, Burswood Jan 27-Feb 12.
Crown is taking it up a notch this year to bring you a Chinese experience never seen before.
Silk has a temporary signature banquet designed by the Master of Cantonese cuisine, Head Chef Pat Cheong. Give the famous Lunar New Year Eight Treasure sticky rice a try!
Be spoilt for choice at the Atrium with a special extended Asian menu. From all sorts of seafood, dumplings, crispy chicken and delectable desserts you won’t want to miss this!
As for entertainment, vibrant lion dancers will be seen spreading trails of good fortune as they make their way around Crown from 7pm on weekends.
Chinese New Year at Crown
So ring in the year of the Rooster and get down to one of WA's spectacular Chinese New Year events!