CYSM Showcase: 鯉躍龍門Legend of the Dragon Gate – Little Bourke St x Russell St
Chinatown will be filled with energetic and colourful lions, firecrackers, drums, cymbals, and of course - dragons, as the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) ushers in the Year of the Dragon with a Chinese legend.
Come see their vibrant parade along Little Bourke Street which will feature the auspicious 財神 God of Fortune, 5 majestic Dragons and vibrant Lion Dancers. The parade will end at the intersection of Little Bourke and Russell Streets, near the iconic Chinatown archways, where CYSM will present a series of captivating performances, including drumming by the HGYS Spirit of the Lion drum team, Kung Fu martial arts demonstrations, and the mesmerizing Flower Dragon.
The main act will showcase CYSM’s storytelling style of performance as they use their Lion and Dragon dancing skills to present 鯉躍龍門 Legend of the Dragon Gate symbolizing perseverance, transformation, and achieving greatness from humble beginnings.
Join us for a cultural extravaganza to welcome the auspicious Year of the Dragon!
Melbourne Chinatown Association Official Opening Ceremony
Hear from the Melbourne Chinatown Association, the organisers of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2024 Festival, as well as other community leaders on the importance of celebrating and sharing diverse cultures with each other.
Lion Dance Shop Blessings - Choy Cheng (採青)!
Chinese Masonic Society (CMS) Lion Dance Team parade and perform traditional shop blessings, “Choy chens” (採青), throughout the Chinatown precinct.
Get up close with the Chinese lion & dragons from the CMS Lion Dance team, performing non-stop throughout the day. Over 60 performers with a dozen lions & dragons will be roaming the streets of Chinatown, warding off evil spirits and ushering good luck for the Year of the Dragon!
The CMS Lion Dance Team, Melbourne’s oldest, has been performing the traditional ‘choy cheng 採青’ blessings for over 70 years! Experience the thrill sights & sounds of chinese lion dancing, dragon dancing, martial arts and firecrackers!
Millennium Dragon Dai Loong Parade
The Millennium Dragon represents the largest processional dragon in the world. The dragon’s head alone weighs approximately 200kg and requires 8 people to carry it. The Dai Loong is an icon of Melbourne’s Chinatown and part of the historic fabric since 1979.
The parade will depart from the Main Stage (on Lonsdale Street & Russell Street) and proceed to Elizabeth Street, then up Little Bourke Street and finally back to its resting place in the Museum of Chinese Australian History.
Main Stage – Various Performances
The Main Stage, located at the intersection of Lonsdale Street and Russell Street, will host a variety of performances and entertainment from 12:30PM to 8PM, following the Official Opening Ceremony.
Chinese Masonic Society Lion & Dragon Dance
The CMS Lion Dance Team will perform a spectacular afternoon show for the Melbourne Chinatown Chinese Lunar New Festivities.
Watch a stunning 9 lion dance performance, Fuzhou dragon dance and kung fu demonstrations.
It all ends with a massive finale with firecrackers!
Official Hanfu Parade - (Dragon Statue) – 217 Lonsdale Street
Step into a realm of cultural elegance at the Melbourne Chinatown Association's Chinese Lunar New Year 2024 Festival. Embrace the spirit of tradition by donning the exquisite Chinese Hanfu attire and immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities celebrating the Year of the Dragon.
We invite members of the public to adorn themselves in these timeless garments, creating a kaleidoscope of colors that pays homage to China's rich heritage. Capture the magic with personalized photos, weaving your own story into the tapestry of this joyous celebration. Join us in Melbourne's Chinatown for an unforgettable experience, blending modern revelry with ancient charm.
Starting from the Dragon Statue & Wishing Well located at Golden Square Car Park (217 Lonsdale Street).
CYSM and CMS Meet and Greet
In the bustling streets of Chinatown, the Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne (CYSM) and Chinese Masonic Society (CMS) will take part in a traditional meet-and-greet celebration.
Vibrant and colourful Lion Dancers from two of the oldest Lion and Dragon Dance troupes in Melbourne will come together at the intersection of Little Bourke and Russell Streets, near the iconic Chinatown archways, creating an atmosphere of excitement and community. The rhythmic beats of drums and cymbals will be heard as the two troupes exchange greetings and showcase their mesmerizing lion dance routines, intertwining in a display of harmony and unity.
Make sure you catch this fantastic afternoon highlight of the festival!
Year of the Dragon Statue & Wishing Well - 217 Lonsdale Street
Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of the Year of the Dragon 2024 with a photo with the Year of the Dragon Statue, only at Melbourne Chinatown!
The magnificent 'Dragon of Resilience' statue is a seven-meter masterpiece by the renowned Ms. Zhang Min that blends contemporary flair with traditional Chinese artistry, featuring bold red and gold hues.
Adorned with symbolic elements like ingots, totems, and auspicious clouds, the dragon's expressive face captures the enduring tenacity and resilience of Chinese culture and spans an impressive four meters at its base.
This artwork is making its first grand debut on 11 February 2024 at Melbourne Chinatown's Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and is a tribute to the cultural journey that connects Melbourne with the rich traditions and shared appreciation of Chinese heritage.
Chinese Traditional Cultural Precinct (古风市集) - Chinatown Plaza, 104 Bourke Street
At the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, Chinese Traditional Cultural Festival (古风市集) Cultural Precinct will be part of the Chinese New Year celebration at Melbourne Chinatown. Step into the enchanting world of traditional Chinese culture at Cohen Square!
Immerse yourself in the elegance of the past with our Hanfu Rental & Sales, where you can try exquisite traditional Chinese style clothing and experience the timeless beauty of Hanfu fashion. Engage in the allure of Traditional Chinese Games that have been cherished for centuries, providing a delightful blend of entertainment and cultural exploration.
Capture the moment of joy at our Kiosk & Photos booth, where you can commemorate your experience with stunning photographs and take home a piece of this cultural journey.
Join us for a day filled with cultural immersion and celebration. Looking forward to seeing you at the Cultural Precinct of the Chinese Lunar New Year 2024 Festival.
Fo Guang Shan Shrine - 171 Russell Street
Fo Guang Shan Melbourne provides religious, educational, community, charitable and cultural services to Victorians, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike.
Fo Guang Shan Melbourne runs regularly meditation classes, weekly Dharma Service and Buddhist Dharma functions throughout the year.