Thanks to everyone that joined us for a fantastic Chinese New Year Festival during 13/14 February for the Year of the Fire Monkey.
The weather was picture perfect and highlighted the explosive fireworks display on Saturday night, which was surely the best Wellington has seen this year! The Little Egrets from Xiamen were energetic and stunning to watch. So much food was sampled, craft purchased and inflatables ridden - the stage performances were hugely entertaining and the Street Parade brought the city to a standstill.
And in case you missed it, here's a quick review of Sunday's Festival Day.
With such amazing support from our sponsors, the community and participants, Asian Events Trust plans to do it all again in 2017 for the Year of the Rooster.
Watch this space!
Chinese New Year 2016 Welcomes in the Year of the Monkey
8th February 2016 to 27th January 2017
Join us in celebrating the most important festival in the Chinese calendar – Chinese New Year – as Wellington celebrates a weekend of activities and entertainment.
A major holiday in many Asian cultures, Chinese New Year is often referred to as the Spring Festival. It is a time for family, reunion, good food, and steeped in many traditions and themes of good luck, fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity.
Wellington's Chinese New Year Festival Year of the Monkey celebrations kick-off on Saturday 13 February with East Meets West Celebration Show – 30 of Xiamen’s dance/song/music performers presenting an extravaganza alongside some of Wellington’s best performers in a fusion of eastern and western performing arts. Tickets are available now via Ticketek. Don’t miss this one-only show in New Zealand.
And immediately following East Meets West, just stroll out to the Waterfront to join in the celebrations with a fabulous Fireworks Display, supported by Inno Capital. The best viewing spot is from Frank Kitts Park where detonation counts down from a floating barge! This will be a fantastic spectacle so see you there!
The TSB Bank Arena, Shed 6 and Frank Kitts Park are our venues presenting Festival Day on Sunday 14 February, and offering new and staple crafts and activities, delicious foods and cultural entertainment of local and international caliber. Entry is free and we’ll open as many entry doors as possible to encourage the comings and goings of visitors to all activities. The full programmes is listed on the Festival Day tab, and also accessed here.
Saturday 13 February
= East Meets West Celebration Show:
Book at Ticketek for this one-only show in New Zealand
= Fireworks Display, supported by Inno Capital and Exodus Gym
Sunday 14 February – Festival Day
= Asian Market
= Waterfront Carnival
= Cultural Entertainment
= Street Parade