Parramatta in Sydney celebrates Lunar New Year

The City of Parramatta has begun celebrating Lunar New Year in style with K-Pop dance workshops, an array of speciality food stalls, martial arts demonstrations and more.

The Year of the Pig celebrations was held in Centenary Square and hosted by SBS PopAsia’s Andy Trieu, with the main stage featuring Dragon and Lion dancing, fan dancing and a K-Pop showcase, on 7 February.

“Our Lunar New Year event is a great celebration of our City’s multicultural identity,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

“It’s a time for family and feasting in many Asian cultures, so we have specialist food stalls, fun family workshops and learn-to-dance K-Pop classes.”

Centenary Square’s main stage K-Pop vibe will continue over at Lunar Land, with K-Pop dance workshops, while kids will have a chance to interact with pigs at a pop-up farm.

Peppa Pig will make a special appearance, and there will be pig mask workshops, as well as demonstrations in fruit carving, traditional knot-tying and martial arts.

Foodies can choose from stalls selling dumplings, noodles, burgers, sweets, desserts and more. Head to for a full list of stalls, including from ex-MasterChef contestants Reynold Poernomo(Koi Dessert Bar) and Sarah Tiong (Pork Party).


The fun will end with a bang as fireworks are launched from Parramatta Town Hall’s roof over the city skyline at 9.30pm.

According to lunar astrology, the Year of the Pig represents fun, good fortune and wealth.

Parramatta’s Lunar New Year celebrations are from 5pm to 9.30pm on Friday 15 February 2019 in Centenary Square adjacent to Parramatta Town Hall.


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