NEWS RELEASE: 13 January 2014
Chinatown comes to Trentham – Chinese New Year celebrations off to a galloping start
The Chinese New Year festival has partnered with the Wellington Racing Club to enter into the spirit of the Year of the Horse which starts on 31 January 2014.
Asian Events Trust, organisers of Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival are working with the Wellington Racing Club for the first time in the 13 year history of New Year celebrations in Wellington. The Chinese New Year Festival is collaborating with the Interislander Summer Festival at Trentham next week at Wellington Cup Carnival’s Family Day at the Trentham Racecourse on Monday 20 January 2014. The very popular Cup Carnival that is always packed with free fun and entertainment especially for the kids will feature some special Year of the Horse activities this year.
“This is an exciting new initiative for next year and demonstrates further growth of the Festival to wider audiences,” says Chinese New Year Festival Programme Director, Linda Lim.
This unlikely, yet fitting partnership for 2014 calls for a summer of exciting family events, which will appeal to all Wellington audiences.
“There is truly no better way to celebrate the Year of the Horse than to combine two such prominent and iconic family events in the Wellington region. This opportunity will only come around every 12 years with the cycle of the Chinese zodiac.” Says Lim.
Although the Chinese New Year Festival does not officially start its celebrations for another two weeks, the day out at Trentham will involve many important activities that will lead up to the festival itself.
"We are thrilled to have renowned Chinese brush artist and calligrapher, Stan Chan, involved in the event. Stan will be painting a life sized horse sculpture at the Wellington Anniversary Cup day event in Trentham. This horse will feature prominently throughout our Festival weekend on 1 & 2 February" says Lim.
Chan’s horse will be one of many highlights in the street parade on Festival day on Sunday 2nd February, alongside many other galloping friends. Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown will lead the parade on a beautiful horse, and will be joined by costumed dancers from Tarrant Dance Studio wearing life-like horse heads.
Go to www.chinesenewyear.org.nz for the full programme.
For further information please contact:
Programme Director – Chinese New Year Festival
Asian Events Trust
Phone: +64 27 4324269
09:19PM Monday, 13 January, 2014