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Hurstville City Council set to celebrate Chinese New Year 2012

14 Nov 2011

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon today officially launched Hurstville City Council’s 2012 Hurstville Chinese New Year program of events.

Mayor McMahon said Council will welcome in the Year of the Dragon with a month of free activities and events for the community.

“Now in its ninth year, the Hurstville Chinese New Year Festival continues to grow every year and has become one of the biggest and best community celebrations of its kind in Sydney,” he said.

“I believe that Hurstville’s celebration is more vibrant and is on par if not better than the City of Sydney festival.

“Our people, local businesses and our commitment to hosting this innovative festival is part of our success and I challenge anyone who disagrees to visit Hurstville City and experience the best of what our festival has to offer.”

“The theme is “Food” and will explore the diversity of Chinese regional cuisine and traditions.”

At the launch, Mayor McMahon announced that the Chinese New Year Street Festival, proudly supported by major sponsor, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, will be held on Saturday, 21 January 2012, along Forest Road, Hurstville.

“The day will include non-stop entertainment, food and market stalls, and traditional lion and dragon dances and local community performers,” he said.

“Leading Hong Kong Executive Chef, Billy Yeung, proudly sponsored by Ettason Pty Ltd, will present a special cooking demonstration of traditional Chinese food live on stage at the street festival.

“The popular Commonwealth Bank Kids’ Corner will return to the Palm Court car park, where young children can pat baby barnyard animals, have their face painted and play on a jumping castle.

“Additionally, the Hurstville City Museum and Gallery will hold a special exhibition, sponsored by Kip McGrath Education Centres St George, exploring unique Chinese cooking techniques and traditions titled Dumplings, Fried Rice and Hot Pots: Regional cooking in China which will officially open on Saturday, 28 January and run until Saturday, 25 February 2012.
“There will also be a Chinese New Year Film Festival, proudly supported by the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China, to be held at the Hurstville Civic Theatre from Sunday, 29 January until Sunday, 5 February 2012.

“Council is also delighted to present a Chinese New Year Concert and Dinner showcasing local award winning restaurant, Mr Chao Seafood Restaurant. The concert, sponsored by Ettason Pty Ltd and supported by JMS Production House, will feature a great line-up of talent including Meeka Wumaner and Tian Tsui on Friday, 27 January 2012, at the Hurstville Entertainment Centre.”

Mayor McMahon said to help bring Chinese New Year to life for young residents, a program of children’s activities including a Lantern and firecracker workshop and story time sessions celebrating Year of the Dragon, will be held at Hurstville City Library, Museum and Gallery, throughout January 2012.

“In addition, many businesses will have the opportunity to increase their community profile by offering festival participants a discounted product or service in a book of vouchers to be included in the official Festival Program,” he said.

“The 2012 Hurstville Chinese New Year is shaping up to be a great community celebration and I encourage local residents and the business community to participate.”

For more information on 2012 Hurstville Chinese New Year events and activities, visit http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Chinese-New-Year.html

2012 Hurstville Chinese New Year is proudly supported by:

Platinum
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Gold
Kip McGrath Education Centres St George
Silver
Medibank Private
Club Central Hurstville
Westfield Hurstville
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd
St George Illawarra Dragons Football Club
St George Leagues Club
Bronze
Bank of China
The Gardens on Forest
St. George Bank
National Australia Bank
Media Partners
The Nine Network Australia
St George and Sutherland Shire Leader
SBS
Australian New Express Daily
Film Festival Partner
Consulate - General of the People's Republic of China in Sydney
Concert Dinner Partners
Mr Chao Seafood Restaurant
Ettason Pty Ltd
Concert Supporter
JMS Production House
Lucky Draw Supporters
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ananda Travel (Australia) Pty Ltd
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Macau Government Tourist Office Australia
St George Asian Business Association
The Venetian Macao

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Media contact:
Tanya Abraham
Manager Public Relations and Events
9330 6008 or 0411 748 953


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