Chinese New Year Reception

(6pm, Sunday 2 February, Lower Town Hall)

Good evening, everyone, welcome to Town Hall.

I am pleased to welcome:

  • His Excellency Ma Zhaoxu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Australia
  • His Excellency Li Huaxin, Consul-General of the People's Republic of China in Australia
  • The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Citizenship and Communities representing the Premier of NSW, Barry O'Farrell
  • Miranda Vuong, President, Chinese Parents Association - Children with Disabilities Inc
  • The Hon Helen Sham Ho, Honorary President of the CPA
  • Festival Ambassadors Claudia Chan Shaw, William Yang & Chui Lee Luk
  • Fellow Councillors and
  • Gill Minervini, our Festival Director

This is the City's 18th Chinese New Year Festival, and tonight's parade will feature almost 3,000 participants - among them over 300 performers who have travelled from China to participate.

I am sure the Sydney crowd will give them a very warm welcome.

We also look forward to their performances here at Town Hall and Angel Place Recital Hall.

Each year, this parade - and our Lunar New Year celebrations in general - become further embraced by all Sydneysiders. It is a testament to the strong traditions of our Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities, and to the harmonious multicultural mix that is Sydney in the 21st century.

Once again, I welcome all our guests - especially our visitors from China and I would like thank the Chinese New Year Festival Advisory Group for their enthusiasm and hard work.

Happy New Year, everyone! Kung Hei Fat Choy!