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Opera House to go red for the Lunar New Year

NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced the sails of the Sydney Opera House will change colour as the Chinese community prepares to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The sails of the Opera House will light up red at an event hosted by the Australian Council for the Promotion of the Peaceful Reunification of China on Wednesday 18 February.

"The sails of the Opera House have been bathed in red to mark this special occasion for the past two years and I'm pleased to announce they will light up again in 2015," Mr Baird said.

"This will be the third time the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has facilitated the lighting of our world famous icon for this special occasion.

"I look forward to seeing the Opera House turn 'China red' as we farewell the Year of the Horse and welcome the beginning of the Year of the Goat.

"The largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of China takes place in Sydney and I look forward to celebrating this auspicious time of year with my Chinese friends.

"The friendship between the Baird Government and China grew stronger during the Year of the Horse.

"I travelled to China for my first official overseas visit as Premier and was welcomed by senior government and business leaders in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.

"In Guangzhou, I met with Governor Zhu Xiaodan to mark the 35th anniversary of the fruitful Sister-State relationship between NSW and Guangdong.

"His Excellency Mr Zhu became the first Chinese leader to address the NSW Parliament when he visited Sydney last September, and I was fortunate to see him again when I met with President Xi Jinping during his visit to Australia for the G20 Leaders' Summit.

The Sydney Opera House will light up at 9pm on Wednesday 18 February and will light up again at 9pm as Sydney celebrates the first day of the new year on Thursday 19 February.