Festival Day

Sunday 2 February, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
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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 three events:

Asian Market

10.30am to 4.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre

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. The Market wouldn't be complete without an opportunity to meander and purchase from the must-haves of craft, merchandise and information stalls. 

The stage programme is located in the beautiful auditorium of the Michael Fowler Centre, and accessed through the Asian Market.  Buy your favourite or taste-challenging foods, and relax in the auditorium where a packed programme will entertain you. Grab a free programme on the day and settle in for a wonderful show!

We welcome our sponsor ANZ and you can pop down to their stall to get advice on money matters, for here and overseas, or attend one of their four free seminars located behind their stall. Plus win prizes for the kids, use an ANZ EFTpos or simply grab a balloon for the little ones.

Capital E will be setting up in the Renouf Foyer Promenade for the day, providing fabulous creative activities for children, including face painting Chinese lantern making, zodiac animal crafts, and more

Visit the New Zealand Post stall; they’ve released four special stamps to celebrate 2014′s Year of the Horse. This issue reflects different aspects of Chinese tradition and culture and celebrates New Zealand’s growing Chinese community, and very fitting that they combine aspects of Chinese culture with Kiwi themes and images of horses.


MFC Carnival Carpark

10.30 to 4pm, Michael Fowler Centre Carpark

It's all action at the Carnival Carpark! We're celebrating the Year of the Horse, so they'll be petting ponies, a kids merry-go-ground, an obstacle course inflatable and kids activity crafts. Mum and dad can relax on a hay bale and watch on whilst the kids are playing up - it's all good fun!
Come early or later for these activities but join the Street Parade in-between which features horses and colourful floats, lots of loud drumming and lions and dragons.


Street Parade

2pm to 3pm, Starts from Tennyson Street and finishes at the Michael Fowler Centre.

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 Horse features lion dancers, dragon troupes twisting through the central city route, plus traditional costumes of past dynasties.


Cultural Entertainment

11am to 4.00pm, Michael Fowler Centre

The Cultural Entertainment program is staged in the beautiful auditorium of the Michael Fowler Centre, and accessed through the Asian Market. The programme is packed full for the day and features community groups of amazing variety - check out the programme below.
From the Asian Market, buy your favourite food or something different, and enjoy it in the comfort of the auditorium whilst you enjoy the stage programme. Or revel in the bustle of the Asian Market and enjoy the stage programme on the giant screens - your choice!
Grab a free programme on he day and settle in for a wonderful show!


Stage Programme 
Part 1

11.00am  Year of the Horse Opening: WCSCC Lion Dance, Stan Chan and Tarrant
                  Dance Studio
                  Welcome: MC Glenn Tims
                  Official Opening: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown

11.15am  Dragon Dance: WCSCC Junior Dragon Dance
                  The Music of Tan Dun
                  -  ACM Chinese Dance Group
                  -  Chinese Operatic Society
                  -  Todd Williamson & Partner
                  -  South Wellington Seido Karate Club
Lion Dance: ACM Lion Dance Group

12.00pm  Dance: Wn Chinese New Friendship Assn Chinese Dance Group
                  Brush Painting Demonstration: Stan Chan

12.15pm  Dance: Starjam
                  Dance: Three Princes with GeNeR8 Dance Crew
                  Martial Arts Demonstration: Fanxiao Meng

12.30pm  Dance: Lower Hutt Line Dance Group
                   Dance: NZ Overseas Chinese Culture & Arts Centre

12.45pm  Dance: Chinese Senior Community
                  Percussion Performance: Mukume Taiko Drummers

1.00pm    Guzheng Performance: Chen Xi-yao
                  Dumpling Making Demonstration: Vicky Ha, House of Dumplings

1.15pm   Martial Arts Demonstration: Fanxiao Meng

1.30pm   Songs: Orient Xpress

1.45pm   Multimedia: Sand Artist

2.20pm   Live camera link to the Street Parade

Part 2

3.00pm  Lion dance: WCSCC Junior Lion
               New Year Songs: WCSCC Yau-Yih-Yun (preschoolers)

3.15pm   Chinese Folk Dances: WCSCC Chinese Dance Group

3.30pm   Dance: Three Princes with GeNeR8 Dance Crew
                 Street Dance: JDK Dance Crew

3.45pm   Song: Nicole Foy with Hugh McMillan
                 Dance: Wn Chinese New Friendship Assn Chinese Dance Group
                 Dance: Wn Chinese Language School

4.00pm   Song: Melissa Lo
                 Dance: NZ Overseas Chinese Culture & Arts Centre

4.15pm   Dance Viva Latina - Alex White and Sharisse Poy
                  Luminous Dragon Dance: WCSCC Dragon Dance Troupe

4.30pm   Finish

Free ANZ Seminars: Everyone Welcome.
Michael Fowler Centre, Ground Floor: 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm and 1.30pm

*Times are approximate and programme subject to change. 




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