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All the essential places and dates that you need to know for catching up with SBS Radio as we ring in the Year of the Rooster at events around Australia.
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16 Jan 2017 - 3:55 PM  UPDATED 10 Feb 2017 - 2:46 PM

Follow the SBS Broadcast van around the country as PopAsia and the Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Korean programs celebrate the Year of the Rooster with your local communities at these events around the country.


4 Feb 2017

WHAT: SBS PopAsia celebrates Lunar New Year with Massaoke


WHERE: Martin Place  

WHEN: 5-10pm (PopAsia from 7pm)

At Martin Place, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub will feature a 50m canopy of red lanterns, food, drink, The Star Fortune Mahjong Garden and nightly DJ and entertainment.

On Saturday 4th February, MyChonny & Joe hit the stage in a whirlwind of laughs, prizes and karaoke!  They’ll be joined onstage by Andy Trieu for the biggest k-pop karaoke Australia has ever seen - 'Massaoke'.

4 Feb 2017

WHAT: Hurstville Lunar New Year Street Festival 

WHERE: Forest Road, Hurstville

WHEN: 10am - 4pm

Georges River Council will welcome the Year of the Rooster with a number of events across the 15 day period.

This event will feature the traditional Lion Dance, entertainment, food stalls, giveaways and festival atmosphere.


5 Feb 2017

WHAT: Sydney Vietnamese New Year VCA TET Festival 2017

WHERE: Fairfield Showground

WHEN: 5pm-10pm

Organised by the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VCA) and welcoming the Year of the Rooster, the Tet Festival at Fairfield showground is the biggest Vietnamese community event in NSW. This year things will get even bigger with a Guinness World Record attempt where gathering the largest number of people wearing a non la (conical hat) in one place

The cultural festivities will also feature the a pho eating competition, God of Fortune, Lion Dancing and loads of exciting entertainment for the whole family.


9 Feb 2017

WHAT: SBS Radio at  Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub (Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Korean programs) 


WHERE: Martin Place 

WHEN: 5pm-10pm

At Martin Place, the Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub will feature a 50m canopy of red lanterns, food, drink, The Star Fortune Mahjong Garden and nightly DJ and entertainment.

In its 21st year of the festival in Sydney will celebrate with lion dances, community dance performances and live music.


11 Feb 2017

WHAT: Eastwood Lunar New Year Grand Celebration




29 Jan 2017

WHAT: SBS PopAsia @ Chinatown New Year Festival

WHERE: Main Stage Cnr. Russell and Lonsdale St, Melbourne

WHEN:  6-8pm

Celebrate LNY with the PopAsia Crew and Dat Joe Doe, and win tonnes of Asian pop prizes.  Want to get your hands on a signed Monsta X poster & 2017 calendar pack?  It could be yours on Sunday 29th.


29 Jan 2017

WHAT: Chinatown New Year Festival

WHERE: Russell Street, Melbourne

WHEN: 10am-9pm (PopAsia 6-8pm)

Expect fireworks, food and spectacular dragons to take over Melbourne as the city celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Rooster.


4 Feb 2017

WHAT: Tet Festival

WHERE: Melbourne Showgrounds

WHEN: 11am-11pm

Come and join in the festivities of the 2017 TET Lunar New Year Festival, now held at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Hosted by the Vietnamese Community in Victoria, over 40,000 visitors have joined festival organisers each year to usher in the 2017 Lunar New Year.

During the festival celebrations, there are a number of food stalls which cater to guests throughout the two-day weekend event.

You will find an array of delicious traditional Vietnamese foods and with so much on offer, you won’t have any trouble finding your favourite dish.


11 Feb 2017

WHAT: Box Hill Chinese New Year Festival

WHERE: Market St, Main St & Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill

WHEN: 1pm-1am

Central Box Hill will be filled with food, music and a spectacular traditional parade during the 12 hour event.



WHAT: Chung Tian Temple Chinese New Year Celebrations

WHERE: 1034 Underwood Rd, Priestdale

WHEN: 6pm to Midnight

The SBS Broadcast Van will be at the temple for the first of three days of celebrations across the weekend. Chung Tian Temple will ring in the New Year - quite literally, with a ringing of the blessing bell at midnight after a New Years Eve event featuring a food fair and cultural performances, an opening ceremony for the accompanying art exhibition, Lion Dance and CNY Morning chanting (in Mandarin).