WELCOME IN THE ‘YEAR OF THE MONKEY’ AS SOVEREIGN HILL CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR
Step back in time as Victoria’s iconic outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill, celebrates Chinese New Year with a range of colourful, authentic celebrations.
Heralding in the Year of the Monkey, visitors can take part in a host of fun, hands-on activities every Sunday throughout February, including Chinese paper cutting, Chinese Camp tours, and Chinese stories. Lions, drums and a traditional ceremony will officially welcome the Chinese New Year on the morning of 14th February, and then all of the festivities will culminate with a very special day on 21st February.
On 21st February only, visitors can enjoy a special Lion Dance workshop, Chinese performances and traditional Chinese entertainment, and the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat will present cultural performances. At 1pm, the Chinese Dragon, Xin Long, and Chinese Lions, will parade up and down Main Street.
Highlights this year include:
Hands-on activities – Create your own Chinese paper monkey, have your name written in Chinese characters, make a lucky money envelope, listen to Chinese stories, try Chinese paper cutting, or even make a Chinese Opera Mask!
When: Every Sunday in February at the Horse Bazaar.
Chinese Camp Tour – Visit the Chinese camp and find out how Chinese diggers lived during the gold rushes.
When: Every Sunday in February, Chinese Camp.
Anti-Chinese League – come to a theatre performance that recreates a public meeting to ban Chinese people from the Ballarat goldfields and learn about why some people were determined to stop Chinese immigration in the 1850s.
When: Every Sunday in February, 12noon, Victoria Theatre.
Chinese Performances – Discover the importance of the Chinese Year of the Monkey and enjoy colourful performances of ribbon and fan dancing.
When: Every Sunday in February, 11am, Victoria Theatre.
Lion Dance Workshop – Find out about Chinese Lion Dancing, and even try to do it yourself! Victoria Theatre, 12.30pm.
When: Sunday 21st February only.
Two out of five Chinese visitors who come to Victoria for a holiday now visit Sovereign Hill, and last financial year, in excess of 90,000 Chinese tourists visited Sovereign Hill, a figure that increases each year.