Ashfield Town Hall Forecourt


Lunar New Year Projections: 16-22 Feb 2024
Community Celebration: 2 Mar 2024 

About Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon through the following events and activities

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2024 - Year of the Dragon

Lunar New Year Lights launch | Friday 16 February from 7:30pm

Forecourt of Ashfield Civic Centre, Ashfield Town Hall

Join us on Friday 16 February at 7:30pm at Ashfield Town Hall forecourt to celebrate Lunar New Year with the launch of a new outdoor projection work. Curated by CLIPPED Creative Director Samuel Bright, three talented music video artists have been commissioned to create bespoke outdoor projections for the exterior of the Ashfield Town Hall that celebrates the artists’ own experiences, childhood, or reflections on Lunar New Year.


  • 7:30pm: Welcome to Country
  • 7:35-8:05pm: Performances by Australian Federation of Chinese Organisations and Red Maple Leaf Arts:
    1. 1,澳华腰鼓《火辣辣的腰鼓》
    2. 2,枫叶红《蝶韵》
    3. 3,澳华《旗袍秀》
    4. 4,枫叶红《青花瓷》
  • 8:15pm: Lunar New Year Lights artists speak about their work
  • 8:25pm: Mayoral welcome
  • 8:30pm: Lights On

Lunar New Year Lights will run from 16-22 February 2024 from 8:30pm-11:00pm.


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Meet the Artists

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Steffie Yee 余淑婷

Steffie Yee is an Animation Director & Illustrator based in Australia. Steffie's work weaves together digital and mixed-media processes involving stop-motion, ink, pencil, video, & 2D / 3D animation. With a background in music, her animation style is driven by the synergy between sound & image. In addition to creating animation for music, film, 1V, & commercials, Steffie's work has also appeared in the forms of illustration, public art installation, & live visual installation for events. Steffie has notably done music videos for the likes of Sam Smith, TOKiMONSTA & Tkay Maidza.

Photo by Vanessa Lam

Steffie Yee website

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Melissa Mai

Melissa Mai, is a freelance motion graphics designer and illustrator based in Sydney's Inner West. She has over 12 years experience creating beautiful design for TVCs, online content, broadcast design, title sequences and event graphics. Melissa was most recently working as a designer at award winning Sydney Post-Production company called VANDAL in Redfern (formerly known as Frame Set Match). During her time here she worked on high profile campaigns for Kelloggs, Vodafone, ABC4Kids, S26, Woolworths & many more. Melissa is also a passionate painter and illustrator.

Photo by Vanessa Lam

Melissa Mai website

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Grace Chen

Grace Chen is an Inner West Sydney based 2D Artist and illustrator with experience in children's TV and picture books. She loves optimistic stories with heart and humour that help us navigate our universal concerns. While Grace began working with storyboards, she also really enjoys painting, illustration and background art. One of the things she loves about animation is the collaborative nature that brings multiple mediums, personalities and stories together. Grace is a talented creative, producing work that is beautiful, innovative and that inspires empathy.

Photo by Vanessa Lam

Grace Chen Website

Community Celebration | Saturday 2 March 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Forecourt of Ashfield Civic Centre, Ashfield Town Hall

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2024 in Inner West Sydney, Ashfield Civic Centre (Forecourt and Ashfield Town Hall) with live entertainment, lion dancing, various performers and more!

On 2 March 2024, the Lunar New Year Festival will be organised by Inner West Asian Business Association and Australian Federation of Chinese Organizations with the support of Inner West Council. This will be the annual largest Chinese New Year festival in the Inner West!

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Events at Inner West Libraries

Adult program

Children's program

Youth program

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