Whether Chinese New Year is celebrated in your family or it’s a whole new cultural experience, there’s lots to see around the city.

Rickshaw tales

Let Chinatown’s most exciting art and cultural space take you on a tour of Haymarket. You’ll jump aboard a customised, artist-commissioned rickshaw and explore historic buildings. Oh, and you’ll get to sample a different dessert at every stop.

Chamber music and more in the Chinese Garden of Friendship

Master instrumentalists will fill the secluded serenity of the Chinese Garden of Friendship at Darling Harbour with music. You can also hear Guqin, one of China’s oldest stringed instruments, see a brush painting demonstration, attend a Penjing workshop and check out a sword performance.

A photo exhibition inspired by inner Sydney will please fans of Wong Kar-Wai films.

Fun at the museum

The Art Gallery of NSW has a great program in store for you. Join their papercutting workshop, attend a tea ceremony or see live shows by Chinese-Australian musicians like Marcus Whale. You can also head along to a lecture to learn the meaning of the Chinese zodiac.

Lunar lanterns

An ancient tradition gets an update: alongside festival curator Claudia Chan Shaw, Asian-Australian artists have come up with a modern take on lanterns that represent the Lunar Zodiac. Take a trip around the city and find your sign.

Not just an ancient tradition

Carriageworks will show you what celebrating the Lunar New Year can be like in the 21st century, as Sydney institution Kylie Kwong curates local producers and chefs. Night Market is more than just delicious food – you’ll also get the chance to hear the sounds of contemporary Asia.

 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is on 27 January – 12 February.

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