Kingsford Lunar New Year Celebration
On Saturday 21 February 2015, the Lunar New Year was celebrated by throngs of politicians and families in Dacey Gardens Park, Kingsford. This event, which was co-organised by City of Botany Bay Council and the Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia, attracted hundreds of local residents in the Kingsford Smith area.
The park was filled with 17 temporary stalls, offering a range of services from Asian cuisine, face-painting, Chinese language learning and freebies from the politicians organising the event. The Confucius Institute at UNSW also provided several hours of musical entertainment, featuring the well-known Lucy Jak-Lax, performers from the UNSW Chinese Musician Society and a lion dance which thrilled the crowd.
The Institute also invited various guest speakers from government and academic fields to speak at the event, including the Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite, Federal Member for Kingsford Smith, Mayor Ben Keneally of City of Botany Bay and Laurie Pearcey, Director China Strategy and Development and Confucius Institute at UNSW.
The event, held with the purpose of spreading knowledge about Chinese customs, especially knowledge about Lunar New Year, was undoubtedly successful and greatly appreciated by the local people of the area.
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