Celebrate Lunar New Year with projection art, dog fashion parade and 'Sun Loong', Australia's longest Imperial Dragon

As Lunar New Year fast approaches, Museums Victoria has announced large-scale celebrations across three of Melbourne's most iconic venues, bringing in the Year of the Dog with style and colour.

‘Sun Loong’ - the longest imperial dragon of its kind in the world

It will be the first time Museums Victoria has celebrated Lunar New Year on such a scale. The activations will feature captivating projection art, a canine fashion show, Feng Shui workshop and fortune telling, topped off with a parade by 'Sun Loong' - the longest imperial dragon of its kind in the world, taking more than 120 people to operate, and coming to us from the Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo

Lynley Marshall, CEO of Museums Victoria said, "This year Museums Victoria will celebrate the Lunar New Year with festivities across three of our sites: the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. We're especially honoured and excited to welcome the beautiful Sun Loong for an imperial parade in the Carlton Garden precinct. I invite all Melbournians and visitors to join us as we welcome a prosperous Year of the Dog."

Australian Kelpie takes centre stage as Royal Exhibition Building lights up

Project of a kelpie dog on the REB
Lunar New Year projections on the Royal Exhibition Building

For two weeks, the Royal Exhibition Building's north side will be brightly lit in red, projecting happiness, success and good fortune for the City of Melbourne. Beautiful custom-designed animations by local filmmakers Tim Stone and Aya Hatano (Gatherer Media) will be projected onto the building including New Year wishes in English and Chinese. It will be the much-loved Australian Kelpie taking centre stage – that's all we'll say for now, you’ll have to see it for yourself.

Operating every evening from sunset until Lunar New Year's Eve on Thursday 15 February, the Royal Exhibition Building (a UNESCO World Heritage site) will shine bright with the state-of-the-art projections. The stunning visuals are made possible with the help of Panasonic's PT-DZ21K Series projector. This is not to be missed.

Dates: On now until Thursday 15 February
Time: Every evening, 9.30pm - 11.00pm
Location: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton (directly opposite Melbourne Museum)

Longest and most significant dragon makes Melbourne debut

Dragon being paraded in the street
‘Sun Loong’ - the longest imperial dragon of its kind in the world

The Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo houses the oldest and longest imperial dragon in Australia, 'Sun Loong'. The 100 metre-long dragon is 48 years old and takes more than 120 dancers, puppeteers and volunteers to operate! 'Sun Loong' will make its Melbourne debut on Sunday 11 February as part of Museums Victoria’s Lunar New Year celebrations, emerging dramatically from the northern door of the Royal Exhibition Building at 12.30pm on Sunday 11 February.

'Sun Loong' will conduct a truly spectacular Imperial Dragon Parade and Lion Dance around the Carlton Gardens precinct, before settling on display at the Melbourne Museum until February 25 – his body stretching across the building's entire Level 1 balcony.

Anita Jack, General Manager of Bendigo’s Golden Dragon Museum said, "It’s wonderful to have Sun Loong in Melbourne for the very first time. This imperial parade will be like no other seen in Melbourne. Sun Loong was made by the internationally recognised Lion and Dragon Maker, Lo On Kee, and is the best 20th Century example of a parading dragon in the world."

Date: Sunday 11 February
Time: 12.30pm
Marching Place: Royal Exhibition Building, northern entrance opposite Melbourne Museum, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

'Sun Loong' will be on display at Melbourne Museum until Friday 25 February 

Food, fortune and fur-babies at Immigration Museum

Pug with its tongue out
Immigration Museum is holding a one-day festival to celebrate a prosperous Year of the Dog

Immigration Museum is holding a one-day festival to celebrate a prosperous Year of the Dog. The Museum courtyard opens on Sunday 25 February to you and your beloved pet dogs for auspicious traditions, fortune telling, pooch fashion parades, food and drinks for all on two or four legs.

Discover your fortune for the coming year with Chinese Astrology Fortune Teller, Edgar Lok Tin Yung, who will be presenting Year of the Dog predictions for each Chinese Zodiac sign, personalised readings, and giving a workshop on Feng Shui.

Delicious dim sum and dumplings will be prepared onsite by an Oriental Tea House chef, serving traditional Asian cuisine and the most popular Raindrop Cake. The Canine Wellness Truck will provide yummy treats for all our four-legged friends.  Pooches are invited to strut and shine at our doggy parades, with prizes awarded. Our prediction: Good Times, Good Friends, Good Fortune.

Date: Sunday 25 February
Times: 11.30am - Doggy Fashion Parade (first half)
1.30pm - Year of the Dog Predictions by Edgar Lok Tin Yung (in the Theatrette)
2.30pm - Doggy Fashion Parade (second half)
Location: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne 


For information, interviews and images please contact:

Katrina Lin
Marketing and Communication Manager (Chinese Markets)
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Kate McCabe
Media and Communications Manager, Museums Victoria
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