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Chinese New Year at the Gallery

Celebrations until midnight with over 30 free events: Saturday 5 February

Left: Lion dance at Chinese Moon Festival at the Gallery, 2007

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Gallery with a weekend with over 30 free events exploring Chinese culture, including extended opening hours until midnight on Saturday 5 February 2010.

Throughout the day see traditional Chinese performances, storytelling, tours, workshops, films, demonstrations and roving entertainment. See the legendary terracotta warriors in The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors and stunning bronze vessels, musical instruments, lacquer wares and jades in Homage to the ancestors: ritual art from the Chu kingdom, right up until midnight.

In the Shanghai Nights bar, enjoy sophisticated Chinese-influenced beats with FBi DJ Chris Coucouvinis, performances all night long and the flavours of modern China with a contemporary Chinese menu.


Saturday night

8.30pm Chinese Wonderman, amazing feats of physical & mental strength
5pm–midnight Shanghai Nights bar, signature cocktail & dim sum menu with live performances
7pm–midnight FBi DJ Chris Coucouvinis, sophisticated Chinese influenced beats
7pm Magic & comedy acts with Jo June
7.30pm Film screening: Crouching tiger, hidden dragon
10pm Film screening: Hero (also Sun 2pm)


Sat 10am, 10.30pm Lion dance by Chinese Youth League Wushu group and Dai Hong Martial Arts Academy
Sat 3.30pm Taichi workshop, learn this ancient martial art
Sat 5pm & 8pm Martial arts demonstration, weaponry with Andy Minh Trieu
Sat 6.30pm Chinese drumming with Dai Hong Martial Arts Academy
Sat 9pm Chinese fan dance with the Chinese Dance School of Sydney

For families

Sat 1.30pm Fan dance workshop led by Chinese Youth League dancers
Sat & Sun 11.30am, 12.30pm Storytelling: animals of the Chinese Zodiac
Sun 2.30pm Tomb Guardian tour, a fun filled tour of the Asian galleries
Sun 3.30pm Mass warrior photo shoot, wear your armour to join in
New kids trail exploring Chinese art in the Gallery and The First Emperor exhibition


See the complete program of weekend events (PDF 375 KB)
See the program for Saturday night (PDF 145 KB)


Chinese New Year at the Gallery is an associated event of Sydney Chinese New Year Festival presented by the City of Sydney.

Media contact

Claire Martin
Tel 02 9225 1734
Mob 0414 437 588