Welcome Year of the Pig in sty-le at Museums Victoria this Lunar New Year

Museums Victoria will celebrate Lunar New Year in style in 2019 with celebrations, performances and activities across Melbourne Museum and Immigration Museum. Melbourne Museum has proudly partnered with CNY United: Melbourne's incorporated body that delivers the official Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival.

Members of the Hung Gar Yau Shu Martial Arts School performing a traditional Chinese Lion Dance at Melbourne Museum, celebrating Chinese New Year.

From February 2 to 17, Melbourne will come alive with festive cheer for the Lunar New Year. Official events are planned at Melbourne Museum, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensbridge Square, Docklands and South Wharf.

Lynley Crosswell, CEO and Director of Museums Victoria calls the CNY partnership, "exciting evidence of Museums Victoria's commitment to serving and celebrating a diverse range of cultures and communities who live in Victoria, or are visiting from afar."

Crosswell adds, "Museums Victoria is proud to contribute to this important and popular event in Melbourne's cultural calendar, alongside some of our city's other great landmarks."

"One of our city's favourite events, the Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne 2019, unites families and friends to celebrate Chinese culture and traditions across the city" said Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne.

"This year will be our biggest celebration yet, with activations from the north of the city at the Melbourne Museum across to festivities and cultural activities at Southbank and South Wharf in addition to our wonderful dragon boat Regatta held at the Docklands" said Thomas Ling, chairman of CNYU.

Museums Victoria's 2019 program follows wildly successful 2018 celebrations, which saw Bendigo's world famous Sun Loong dragon take over Melbourne Museum in a riot of colour, sound and excitement. Specially-developed Year of the Pig animations will be projected onto the Royal Exhibition Building, following on from the popular 2018 Year of the Dog projections.

Lunar New Year at Melbourne Museum

Saturday 19 January - Official Launch Event: 11am-1pm

The CNY committee and Melbourne Museum are delighted to invite media and partners to the official launch of the 2019 Chinese New Year Festival at Melbourne Museum. An exclusive invite-only event launches two exciting weeks of activities and performances. For the public, a beautiful traditional Dragon Boat displayed on the museum plaza. Public visitors can see colourful Lion and Dragon dances, traditional costuming, and cultural activities from midday.

Saturday 9 February - Family Day at the Cultural Kaleidoscope: 11am-4pm

Bring the family to Melbourne Museum and get amongst the Chinese New Year celebrations, with a range of fun activities. Make lanterns, write your name in calligraphy, or immerse yourself in the ancient arts of paper cutting and face colouring. Relax and learn about Chinese culture with performances from local and international Chinese artists of all ages. There will be photo opportunities aplenty for the little ones when the Chinese God of Wealth, Luck and Fortune stops by.

Sunday 17 February - Official Closing Ceremony: 6pm-8.30pm

A very special program has been developed for this year’s closing ceremony, full of light and colour that will illuminate the city. Performances include a lantern parade with a fire dragon and glowing lions, and a closing ceremony dance. Families will be invited to dance with the performers, learning authentic Chinese routines to traditional music.

Sunday 17 February - Royal Exhibition Building Projections: 8.30pm-10.30pm

Head to the Royal Exhibition Building immediately following the Official Closing Ceremony to view stunning Year of the Pig digital projections across the facade of this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not to be missed, these stunning after-dark visuals are made possible with the help of Panasonic's PT-DZ21K Series projector. They follow 2018's popular Year of the Dog projections, featuring an adorable Kelpie.

Lunar New Year at Immigration Museum

Sunday 10 February - Lunar New Year at Immigration Museum: 11am-4pm

Join in on the fun and celebrate the Year of the Pig at the Immigration Museum with a day of family-friendly activities presented by local Chinese cultural learning group, Funese. Throughout the day there will be shadow puppet performances, Chinese zodiac soft clay workshops, and Chinese blow painting. Be amazed and learn more about Chinese culture and have a memorable experience this Lunar New Year at the Immigration Museum. Free bookings available at the link below.


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