Start­ing the Year of the Sheep in style

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A fes­ti­val to wel­come the Year of the Sheep is be­ing held in Halls 3 and 4 of the ASB Show­grounds, 217 Green­lane West this Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 14 be­tween 9.30am and 4pm.

This is a free event and is ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated by many thou­sands of re­cent mi­grants from China and other parts of Asia. For them it’s an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the sights, sounds, smells and pageantry of a tra­di­tional Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tion which they en­joyed each year in their pre­vi­ous home coun­try.

But it’s also a fes­ti­val with much wider ap­peal – en­joyed by Ki­wis and New Zealand born Chi­nese for the great en­ter­tain­ment both in­doors and out­doors, the ex­otic va­ri­ety of Asian food avail­able and the wide range of goods and ser­vices dis­played in the mar­ket area.

This an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, or­gan­ised by ACCC for nearly 30 years, has be­come a high­light of the Auck­land sum­mer events cal­en­dar. More than 20,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend.

High­lights this year in­clude:

The TV33 flash mob danc­ing group to kick off the fes­ti­val out­side in lively fash­ion

A spec­tac­u­lar 11-per­son dragon dance to open the of­fi­cial pro­ceed­ings

A spe­cial ac­ro­batic troupe from China – this will be their first per­for­mance in NZ

A unique act by a facechang­ing artist which is rarely per­formed out­side China

The E-PACS dragon and lion dance group con­sist­ing of four-to-15 year old young­sters

Spe­cial mar­tial arts and tai chi demon­stra­tions

Con­tin­u­ous cul­tural con­cert fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese folk dances, mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and singing ... plus much more!

Tra­di­tional bless­ing: Only af­ter the lion or dragon has been blessed with the ‘dot­ting of the eyes’ can the dance – and the fes­ti­val begin.

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