Lunar New Year in the inner west

Inner West Council will celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dog with a series of events culminating in the annual festival in Ashfield Civic Centre. 

Council’s 2018 Lunar New Year festivities commence on Tuesday 6 February with a film screening, and end on Saturday 3 March. Everyone’s invited to these free events: 

Lunar New Year Festival 

Ashfield Civic Centre, 260 Liverpool Road Ashfield, Saturday 3 March, 11am. Featuring Beijing Opera, and traditional dance and musical performances in the Town Hall, and a lucky Lion Dance through the business district. 

Free film screenings 

Tuesday 6 February. Eat Drink Man Woman (PG, 124 mins, 1994, Taiwan). Book online at www.innerwestlibraries.eventbrite.com.au or call 9335 2173. Marrickville Town Hall meeting room 

Friday 9 February. Free film: Chinese Zodiac (M, 118 Minutes, 2012, Hong-Kong-Chinese) Book online at www.innerwestlibraries.eventbrite.com.au. Light refreshments provided. Ashfield Library 

Friday 23 February. All in this Tea (PG, 70 mins, 2007). Book online at www.innerwestlibraries.eventbrite.com.au or call 9335 2173. Marrickville Town Hall meeting room 

Lunar New Year Storytime 

Wednesday 7 February. For children ages 3-5. Kiran Shah will lead festive chanting and dancing, and tell stories involving Chinese Zodiac animals, to usher in the Year of the Dog. No bookings required. Haberfield Library 

Saturday 10 February. For preschoolers. Author Wai Chim leads an interactive story time of the popular Chinese fairy tale The Four Dragons. No bookings required. Ashfield Library 

Wednesday 14 February. A fun and interactive story time session dedicated to doggy fuzzy, shaggy and adorable best friends. Bookings required on the day of the session, call the library on 9335 2173. Marrickville Library 

Speaker series 

Wednesday 7 February. The Uncommon Feast. Celebrated Asian-Australian writers Lachlan Brown, Wai Chim, Eileen Chong, Isabelle Li, and MC Sheila Ngoc Pham will read their work and discuss themes of culture, identity and food. Live Chinese music from Eugenia Teng, traditional Chinese tea and snacks, book sales and author signing. Book online via www.innerwestlibraries.eventbrite.com.au or call 9716 1810. Ashfield Town Hall 

Calligraphy and painting demonstrations 

Thursday 8 February. Chinese artists Professor Wen-hua Tan (Director of Australian Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Art Institute) and calligrapher Daniel Ng demonstrate the ancient art of calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting. The finished pieces can be taken home - a tradition said to gather good wishes for the year ahead. In partnership with the Australian Artists Society. No bookings required. Leichhardt Library 

Monday 12 February. Chinese artists Su-bin Xu and calligraphers Wen-lu Zhu and Zhuo-quan Chen demonstrate the ancient art of calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting. The finished pieces can be taken home - a tradition said to gather good wishes for the year ahead. In partnership with the Australian Artists Society. No bookings required. Marrickville Library 

Monday 19 February. Chinese artists Xiu-ying Chen and Ding-xian Luo and calligraphers, Wen-lu Zhu and Herry He Wang demonstrate the ancient art of calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting. The finished pieces can be taken home - a tradition said to gather good wishes for the year ahead. In partnership with the Australian Artists Society. No bookings required. 
Ashfield Library 

See the full Lunar New Year program at www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/lunarnewyear

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Page last updated: 19 Nov 2018