The City of Perth wishes everyone a joyful and prosperous Lunar New Year.

Today we celebrate the Chinese Lunar Calendar ringing in the Year of the Rabbit.

As is tradition at the City, we have a combination of traditional cultural celebrations with contemporary activations throughout the City for the duration of Lunar New Year celebrations.

Northbridge and the malls have been decorated with hundreds of red lanterns. And at midday every day between 23 January and 5 February (except Australia Day) traditional Chinese Lion Dancers will entertain visitors in the Murray Street Mall.

The City is again sponsoring the Chung Wah Association for the Perth Chinese New Year Fair. The City of Perth is a long-time partner of the annual cultural event which continues to grow in popularity and fill the City with colour and vibrancy.

From midday on Sunday 29 January the free community fair will sprawl across James and Lake Streets, Northbridge Piazza and Yagan Square. The setup at Northbridge Piazza will stay open until 9pm, while the Yagan Square element will run until 7pm. 

Featuring a variety of cultural performances and entertainment including lion and dragon dancing, a multicultural concert, games, rides and stalls, the festival is one for the whole family to enjoy.

“It is a privilege for the community to have the opportunity to experience the culture, food, and traditions of Lunar New Year celebrations right here in Perth,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.

“I’d like to thank the Chung Wah Association for hosting the Perth Chinese New Year Fair celebration, and for your ongoing contribution to our community.

“On behalf of the City of Perth, I wish you and your family a safe, happy, and prosperous Year of the Rabbit - 兔年快乐!”

The City of Perth’s relationship with China is an invaluable connection that spans social, cultural, and economic domains. The City has two strong Sister City relationships in China with Nanjing (since 1998) and Chengdu (since 2012).

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Issued by: Rachel Cary, Senior Media and Communications Advisor,