Sunday 14 February, Wellington -- Free Event
The ‘flagship’ of Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival is Festival Day, with a programme that reflects all the traditional aspects of a Chinese New Year celebration, and is showcased as the finale of this Wellington event by the following events:
Asian Market - Food
10.30am to 6.30pm, Shed 6
Ah, the taste-sensations and smells of delicious Asian foods! Come and see what's on offer; foods of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnamese and Chinese, all waiting for you to enjoy. Community groups and local restaurants and cafes have joined forces to bring all these delicious foods for you to sample, for lunch, a snack or just from intrigue - it's all worth the walk and wait! The Market wouldn't be complete without an opportunity to meander and purchase from the must-haves of craft, merchandise and information stalls.
Asian Market - Craft & Information
10.30am - 4.30pm, TSB Bank Arena
Discover the new and interesting; crafts, calligraphy and culture.
ANZ, our Platinum Sponsor, is focused on opportunity; come and try your luck on their winning stall and why you're there, talk to the team that can help towards your goals. ANZ takes pride in contributing and supporting the communities through a volunteer programme, and are committed to improving New Zealanders with their level of financial knowledge - drop by their stall to find out more.
We welcome on board our new Platinum Sponsor, Lighthouse at Home, supporting Wellington and Auckland with effective resources and activities for home based child caring. And in a perfect synergy, Lighthouse at Home unfolds a bigger brighter exciting line-up of kid's activities focused in Frank Kitts Park - the Waterfront Carnival. Plus their stall at the Asian Market promises fun activities for preschool and older kids; come and make things, mess up, dress up, have fun!
Confucius Institute is bringing it to the schools; offering a rare opportunity to workshop traditional Chinese dance, check out our Resources tab 'For Schools', and on Festival Day, visit their stall at the Asian Market to see what else they do for the community. Capital E is joining us from their fantastic premises just a few steps from the Asian Market, with kids activities, interactive screens and building paraphernalia. The Wellington Chinese Garden is taking shape, come and see the progress and support the magnificent concept for Wellington's city and community. Stay supple and healthy by visiting our two well-being specialists; chiropractors and acupuncturists. These are just some of the stall selection, don't miss out on all the fun.
11am - 4pm, Frank Kitts Park
Lighthouse at Home is setting up a fun place for kids to play; come and storm the inflatables and cup 'n saucer ride! These rides are all free allowing fun-fuelled activities for the little ones to 'just do it' whilst care-givers can relax their feet – and wallet!
2pm to 3pm, Starts from Courtenay Place and finishes at the Frank Kitts Park
Communities share their spirit of what Chinese New Year means to them by parading through the main streets of Wellington – a fabulous display of colour and celebration. The Year of the Monkey Parade features pretend monkeys on wheels, lion dancers, dragon troupes twisting through the central city route, plus traditional costumes of past dynasties.
11am to 4.30pm, TSB Bank Arena
Entertainment from local performers, plus a preview from the previous evening's East Meets West Celebration Show from the stunning The Little Egrets Chinese Folk Dance Troupe, song/dance/music performers from Xiamen, China.
STAGE PROGRAMME PART 1
As at 6 Feb
|11am||Powhiri Haka - Te Rau Taiohi Kapa Haka|
|Monkey Business - Deirdre Tarrant Dance Theatre & Xiamen Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe|
Opening - MC, Glenn Tims
|Official Welcome - Mayor Celia Wade-Brown|
|11.30||Dragon Dance - WCSCC Dragon Dance|
|Dancing for Spring - Xiamen Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe|
Pipa solo - Blue & White Porcelain & Song for Yi Nationality - Xiamen Song & Dance Theatre
|Chinese Opera - Wellington Chinese Operatic Society|
|12pm||Song : Friends for Life - Nicole Foy & Jun Yuan|
|Street Dance - GeneR8|
Karate - kata (patterns/form) - South Wellington Seido Karate
|Karate - weapon Kata - South Wellington Seido Karate|
|Karate - self defence - South Wellington Seido Karate|
|Song - Because of You - Melissa Lo|
Xinjiang Dance - Our Motherland is a Beautiful Garden - Wellington Chinese Language School
|Song - Amazing Grace - Wellington Chinese Language School|
|Hanfu Dance - NZ Chinese Culture & Arts Association|
|Children's HipHop Dance - Oriental Cultural Artistic Group|
|Song - Little Tricky Person - Oriental Cultural Artistic Group|
|HipHop Dance - JDK|
|1pm||Taiko Drumming - Mukume Taiko Drummers|
|Song - I Dreamed A Dream - Nicole Foy|
|Dance - Lovely Jasmine - Molihua Dance|
|Choir - Happy New Year - Chinese Senior Community|
|1.30||Chinese Taiji Fan Dance - Chinese Senior Community|
|Tibetan Dance - Wellington Chinese New Friendship Association|
|Line Dance - Lower Hutt line Dancing Group|
|Cheong Sarm Qipao Show - NZ Chinese Culture & Arts Association|
|Hong Yan Choir - Wellington Life on Saturday Multicultural Community Centre|
Brush Painting Demonstration - Stan Chan
|Instrumentals: Shangahi at Night & Night Frangrance / Give Me a Kiss / Rose Rose I Love You & Man Changei - OrientXpress Jazz Band|
2.25 : MC / Live camera action of the Street Parade approaching Frank Kitts Park
STAGE PROGRAMME PART 2
|3pm||Monkey Business - Deirdre Tarrant Dance Theatre & Xiamen Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe|
|Lion Dance - WCSCC Lion Dance|
|3.30||Songs - Teapot Song / Twinkle Twinkle / Happy New Year / Happy Song / Goodbye - WCSCC Yau-Yih-Yun|
|Dance - The Flowing Stream - Xiamen Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe|
|Variations of Maira - Xiamen Song & Dance Theatre|
|The Flower Map - Xiamen Nanyin Troupe|
|Dance - Mongolian Dance - Wellington Chinese New Friendship Association|
|4pm||Beijing Opera - The Drunken Beauty - NZ Chinese Culture & Arts Association|
|Dance - Drum & Fan Dance / Handkerchief & Flowerball Dance - WCSCC Chinese Dance Group|
|Dance - Jasmine Flower - Oriental Cultural Artistic Group|
|Dance - Dai Minority Dance The Moonlight Over the Lotus Flower Pond - Wellington Chinese Language School|
|Dragon Dance - WCSCC Dragon Dance|
|4.35||MC / Finish|
|* Times are approximate and programme may be subject to change|