2021 FESTIVAL EVENTS
2021 Chinese New Year Festival Media Launch - 5 February
This event kicks off the 2021 Chinese New Year Festival. Local media, festival partners and sponsors are invited to join CADCAI in welcoming the Year of the Metal Ox at the Pier Pergola followed by drinks at the Backyard. Get a sneak preview of what activities are in store over the festival period. Meet and greet CADCAI’s auspicious performing lions. Attendance by invitation only
When: Friday 5 February 2021
Where : The Pier Cairns
New Year's Day Firework - Cairns Lagoon Eastern lawn (near Helipad) Cairns Lagoon Friday 12 February
It’s time to celebrate ! Join CADCAI as it welcomes the new year with traditional lion and dragon performances and noisy fire crackers to keep the evil spirits away.
Feed the lions with hongbao (lucky red packets) and be blessed with good fortune, happiness and prosperity for the coming year.
Cultural entertainment provided by Deyi Xiao Taichi, Mugendai Drummers, and CADCAI’s Lion and Dragon teams.
The spectacular Fireworks Display from the Lagoon statrs at 7.30
When: 12 Feb 2021
Time: 5.30 -7.30pm
Museum Exhibition: Lions and Dragons - the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year 6 Feb- 6 March
Cairns Museum and CADCAI proudly present:
Lions and dragons- the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year
This exhibition provides insights into Chinese and Australian culture in Cairns through the exhibtion of costumes, musical instruments and practices associated with the performance of the Lion and Dragon dance during Chinese New Year.
The objects exhibited will be mix of historical and contemporary items from CADCAI’s collections.
When : 06 Feb to 06 March 2021
Where: Cairns Museum, cnr Lake and Shields Streets
Opening hours: 10 .00 – 400pm Monday to Saturday
Free entry to CADCAI members
Mueum entry fee: $15 per person Concession Rate:$12
Chinese New Year at The Pier Cairns - 6-26 February
The Pier Cairns is proud to partner CADCAI in bringing the 2021 Chinese New Year Festival to the community. Throughout the festival from 6 – 26 February, you can visit the Chinese pergola display in centre court, take a selfie at the pergola or place a blessing or message of hope on the wall. CADCAI’s Chinese New Year store at the Pier will also be open for visitors to learn about the traditions and customs of Chinese New Year Festial. We will showcase the history and contribution made by the early Chinese in Cairns and region plus have New Year merchansie for sale.
With a Lion Dance performances, and special offers running throughout the festival period, The Pier Cairns is the place to come to bring in the Year of the Ox!
The CNY Store will be on open from 10am to 2pm daily. 6-26 February 2021
Chinese New Year Pergola Photo Competition. 5-26 February
Come to The Pier Cairns to take part in our Chinese New Year festivities. Take a photo of yourself at the Pergola for a chance to win a prize. The Pier Cairns is the place to come to bring in the Year of the Ox!
The CNY Pergola will be on open daily. 6-26 February 2021
Chinese New Year Celebrations & Markets at The Pier - 13 February
Saturday 13 February 2021
9am to 2pm
Celebrate Chinese New Year of the Ox festivities at The Pier Cairns CADCAI will support The Pier Cairns ‘s market day by providing Cultural entertainment throughout the day. This will include live performances from CADCAI lions, dragon and Molihua Dancers; traditional music; guzheng, Taichi and calligraphy demonstrations as well as on-line performances from Cairns’ Sister city Zhanjiang and other places.
Feeling hungry? Support CADCAI by buying yummy authentic Chinese street food from our pop-up cafe.
2021 Year of the Ox Gala Dinner - Saturday 20 February
Every year CADCAI members celebrate the New Year with a traditional Chinese buffet. The menu includes mouth watering dishes such as steamed Barramundi, crispy beef fillet, braised tong poh pork belly. Full menu and booking detail
The CNY Gala Dinner celebrates the reunion of family and friends with a Chinese style buffet. The evening is an opportunity to network and catch up with friends. Entertainment is provided by the CADCAI lion, Molihua dancers and Chinese music,
Where: Trinity Room, Shangri-la, Cairns
Lantern Decorating Workshops 14 & 21 February
The Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuan Xiao marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. Traditionally Chinese families light bright lanterns decorated with blessing or riddles.
When: 14th and 21st February 2021
Where: Smithfield Shopping Centre
Time: 11am and 12pm
Lantern Festival - Friday 26 February
The Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuan Xiao marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. Traditionally Chinese families make sweet glutinous rice balls called “tang yuan” which symbolise reunion and light bright lanterns decorated with blessings or riddles.
This years Lantern Festival will be held at the Esplanade Lagoon near the Western Events Lawn. Purchase a floating lantern and decorate it with blessings, your new year wishes, hopes and dreams. The lanterns will be released on the western edge of the lagoon to create a sea of lights for an unforgettable spectacle. Enjoy the CADCAI dragon and lion dancers as they make make their final festival appearances. Lanterns, can be purchased on the night from the CADCAI merchandise stall.
When: Friday 26 February 2021
Where: Esplanade Lagoon -Western Events Lawn
Year of the Ox Yum Cha - Saturday 27 February
Experience an authentic Chinese yum cha and enjoy a variety of delightful Cantonese dim sims in the company of family and friends.
When: Saturday 27 February 2020
Where: Golden Boat Restaurant, Lake St
11.30 am – 1.00pm
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