Willoughby Lunar New Year program announced

Willoughby City Council on Sydney’s Lower North Coast today announced the schedule for the fourth annual Chatswood Lunar New Year Festival celebrating the Year of the Tiger.

Showcasing comedy, art, music, performances, food and traditional cultural celebrations, the 2022 festival will be the most vibrant yet, from Thursday January 27 through Sunday February 20.

Spanning multiple Chatswood venues, the events showcase the cultures of China, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Cultural delights on offer include traditional festivities, as well as opportunities to celebrate through the best contemporary culture, including a one-night Lunar New Year comedy festival on February 12 at the Concourse. The lineup will feature some of the funniest Asian Australian comedians such as Lawrence Leung, Alex Lee, Michael Hing, Annie Louey, Diana Nguyen and Harry Jun.

Throughout the Festival, a diverse musical program will create a lively atmosphere. From February 10 to 13, The Concourse outdoor space will come alive with Chatswood Tiger Beats, a free outdoor concert series with a pop-up bar, featuring some of Asia’s top pop, RnB and electronic artists, including Rainbow Chan. , Lucy Sugerman, and Yeo. Meanwhile, for classical music lovers, a one-hour pocket version of Mozart’s classical opera The magic flute conducted by Peter Coleman-Wright AO will be performed on Saturday November 19 by Pacific Opera and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in the concert hall of the Concourse. An evening of orchestral music merging East and West will take place on February 5 during the Lunar New Year Concert.

The quality art will be featured in several exhibitions at Chatswood from January 27 to February 20, including the unveiling of a major new installation by acclaimed artist Simone Chua d’Amigo and Amigo of a Tiger Mother and Her four little ones in the Concourse’s reflection pool. At the incinerator, The hot world, curated by Guan Wei, will present works by artists such as Tracey Moffatt, Tim Johnson, Owen Leong, Ginger Jingzhe Li and Huajie Zhang. At the art space on the Concourse, Parallel strolls will present works by Australian artists with Chinese cultural roots exploring Chinese landscape traditions through sculpture, photography, installation and performance art.

Every Thursday and Friday throughout the festival, the Golden Market will transform Chatswood Mall. A traditional market similar to those found in Asian cities to celebrate the New Year, it will feature stalls offering Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese dishes, as well as Lunar New Year decorations and gifts.

To mark the start of the Chinese New Year, a celebration day on February 5 at the Concourse will be one of Sydney’s biggest Lunar New Year celebrations. The day’s festivities will include Chinese opera, K-pop, traditional dancing, and Lunar New Year delicacies.

Chatswood’s best Asian restaurants will also be celebrated through a Food Trail, designed to showcase the region’s remarkable Asian cuisine, curated by respected food writer Lee Tran Lam.

“I am delighted to announce that the Chatswood Lunar New Year Festival will once again delight Asian culture, entertainment, art and delicacies. This vibrant celebration features emerging and established Asian-Australian artists, artists and designers, while showcasing the wide range of dining options offered by Chatswood. Providing fun for all ages, the Chatswood Year of the Tiger Festival is a great way to celebrate the diversity of our city, ”said Willoughby City Council CEO Debra Just.

Visit www.visitchatswood.com.au/lny for more information on the Chatswood Year of the Tiger Festival, as well as booking and ticketing details.

The Chatswood Year of the Tiger Festival is hosted through key partnerships with local businesses, media sponsors and with support from the Australian China Institute for Arts and Culture, Chinese Cultural Center, SBS, Western University Sydney and Chatswood Culture Bites.


Saturday February 12 7pm and 9pm | The concert hall of the Competition

Feast on the Lunar New Year Comedy Showcase in February at Chatswood

Starring comedy legends from The Project, Triple J and The Chaser: Alex Lee, Lawrence Leung, Michael Hing, Annie Louey, Harry Jun, Diana Nguyen, Suraj Kolarkar and Suren Jayemanne.

This is your chance to see Australia’s best comedians at the Chatswood Concourse – the cultural heart of the North Shore. Find your funny in February!


Saturday February 19 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. | The concert hall of the Competition

One of the greatest operas ever written, this timeless classic by Mozart leads the search for truth and justice, love and enlightenment. Prominent baritone Peter Coleman-Wright AO conducts this one-hour pocket version of the Mozart classic – The magic flute (also part of Willoughby City Council’s Chatswood Culture Bites 2021 program). The Magic Flute is performed by Pacific Opera and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. The Magic Flute will be sung in German with scene descriptions in English and Traditional Chinese. This pocket opera is produced in association with the Australian China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University.


January 27 – February 20 | The incinerator

COMMISSIONER: Guan Wei; ARTISTS: Tracey Moffatt, Tim Johnson, Owen Leong, Ginger Jingzhe Li, Huajie Zhang

This exhibition is presented by the Institute of Australian and Chinese Arts & Culture at Western Sydney University in partnership with Willoughby City Council and Chatswood Year of the Tiger. It is part of the series of exhibitions; Humans and nature are as one 天人合一 taking place in the galleries of the Lower North Shore.

Showcasing a wide range of artistic practices including painting, photography, sculpture, installation-based work and video art, each piece in this exhibition offers a distinctive lens through which visitors can feel and experience the harmony between art, nature and humanity.


January 27 – February 20 | Art space on the Concourse

ARTISTS: WeiZen Ho, Karen Lee, Pamela Leung, Ruth Ju-Shih Li, Dapeng Liu, Jayanto Tan, Laurens Tan and Tianli Zu

The Council organized the exhibition Parallel strolls 双 è¡Œ 游 explores how contemporary Australian artists with Chinese cultural roots reinterpret and draw inspiration from Chinese landscape traditions and present the notion of ‘landscape’ through contemporary mediums of sculpture, photography, installation and painting. art of performance. Through different mediums, the group of artists reflects on the importance of nature and their connection to the natural world. As the parameters around contemporary artistic practices continue to expand, the landscape genre continues to adapt with it, highlighting today’s issues including climate change and urbanization.


by Amigo and Amigo

January 27 – February 20 | The lobby reflection pool

Working with acclaimed artist Simone Chua d’Amigo and Amigo, The Concourse Reflection Pool will be manned by a mother tiger and four cubs. The larger-than-life inflatable tiger will gaze curiously over the fence of the reflection pool, making it a perfect photo opportunity.


February 10 – 13 | The competition

Chatswood Year of the Tiger Festival and Archie Rose have teamed up to bring a whole new celebration of contemporary culture, diversity, cutting-edge music and good humor to the North Shore. Featuring some of the best Asian and Australian pop, RnB and electronic artists you should be listening to right now, including Rainbow Chan. Don’t miss the opportunity to sit at the bar.


February 5 | The competition

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a vibrant production in the Chatswood Concert Hall.

Featuring the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and the most acclaimed Chinese Australian soloists, this all-star cast presents a true mix of Western and Eastern classics, providing the perfect opportunity for families to experience authentic Chinese culture.


Every Thursday and Friday, plus Saturday 5 February | Chatswood Shopping Center

The Golden Market will transform the Chatswood Mall into a replica of the year-end market commonly found in Asian cities.


February 5 | The competition

On Saturday February 5th, welcome to the Year of the Tiger at one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in Sydney. In 2022, the festivities will include entertainment such as Chinese opera, K-pop, traditional dancing and Lunar New Year delicacies.


January 27 – February 20 | Various Chatswood locations

Eat your way around Chatswood with organized food trails.

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