An art exhibition from Beijing's Red Gate Gallery, which opens to the public at Sydney Town Hall on Tuesday, will be an exciting curtain-raiser for the 2012 Chinese New Year Festival. The exhibition, Two Generations, celebrates the 20th anniversary of Red Gate gallery.
Opened by Australian Brian Wallace 1991, Red Gate was the, first commercial gallery established in China where contemporary artists could sell their work. Two Generations features the work of 10 internationally acclaimed senior Red Gate artists who have each nominated a young, emerging artist to exhibit alongside them.
Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival, now the largest lunar festival outside Asia, marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. Regarded as one of the most powerful and lucky signs in the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dragon are innovative, flexible, self-assured and passionate and are also believed to be blessed with good fortune.
I will launch the Festival at 6pm on Friday 20 January amidst the Chinese New Year Festival Markets in Belmore Park. A traditional eye-dotting ceremony will bring dragons and lions to life and international and local performers will preview the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade to entertain the crowd.
The Festival Markets in Belmore Park, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January, will feature food stalls, entertainment and cooking displays from Australian and international chefs.
The Twilight Parade, which begins outside Sydney Town Hall at 8pm on 29 January, will include a large contingent from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and home of the giant panda, as well as performers from Beijing and Shanghai.
Chinese New Year Festival website: www.sydneychinesenewyear.com