4A Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour (2015). Photos: Blue Murder Studios.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with 4A and Chinese artist collective Yangjiang Group as they take over Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship!

This one-night-only special event will feature live art performances led by Yangjiang Group, a contemporary art collective hailing from the coastal city of Yangjiang in China’s southern Guangdong province.

Featuring DJs as well as food and bar by pioneering Sydney laneway outfit Grasshopper Eating House and Bar, this is a rare opportunity to experience a night of contemporary art and performance set within the beauty of the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour.

Yangjiang Group will be bringing their unique brand of art and reverie to Sydney’s Chinese Garden of Friendship with a series of performances and encounters that take calligraphy off the page and into every aspect of the celebrations.

This is a special ticketed event presented as part of the major exhibition Yangjiang Group – Actions for Tomorrow at 4A.

Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship

Date: Saturday 14 February 2015, 7pm – 11pm
Venue: Chinese Garden of Friendship, Pier St, Darling Harbour NSW
Price: $45 per person
Ticket price include a cocktail on arrival and 7 courses of food designed by Grasshopper Eating House specifically for this event. This is strictly an 18+ event.


In the event of rain the event will still go ahead in covered areas of the garden. 




On The Night

Enjoy a complimentary cocktail by Grasshopper Bar upon entering the Garden.

Join Yangjiang Group at the bar to play a traditional Chinese party game – with unexpected results!

Witness the artists create original poetry and rhyming couplets onsite, producing bespoke pieces of calligraphy for audiences.

Be a part of Yangjiang Group’s trademark After Dinner Calligraphy performance where the artists will create a large-scale piece of calligraphy live using the food scraps from your meal.

End the night with Tea Garden, an intimate performance designed especially for the Garden where guests will sample four kinds of tea prepared by Yangjiang Group artist Zheng Guogu which, when consumed in a particular sequence, offer a shift in physical and spiritual perception.

All while enjoying a specially curated set by DJ Leo Tanoi with surpise musical guests.




Water Pavilion

Cucumber, funghi, lotus root and black sesame

Spicy eggplant and tofu


Peace Boat Pavilion

Vermicelli, Chinese broccoli, carrot and egg net salad

Jellyfish and baby octopus wasabi salad


Tea Pavilion

Peppered beef and rice box

Sweet potato and rice yakitori

Sherry, soy and sesame crispy chicken wings



The Chinese Garden of Friendship in Darling Harbour was built as a symbol of friendship between Sydney and Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, to mark Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. The Garden was built by Chinese landscape architects and gardeners observing a 3000 year old tradition of imperial park design.

The Twilight Garden Party at the Chinese Garden of Friendship is presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority in association with the 2015 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.



Image: Yangjiang Group, After Dinner Shu Fa at Cricket Pavilion, 2012, Eastside Projects and Grizedale Arts, Birmingham. Courtesy the artists.

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4A Twilight Garden Party at Chinese Garden of Friendship is produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; supported by Chinese Garden of Friendship – Darling Harbour; assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Art, its arts funding and advisory body; supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; supported by the City of Sydney Cultural Grants Program; assisted by the generous supporters of 4A’s Actions for Tomorrow Kickstarter campaign. Twilight Garden Party is an associated event of the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival. Event Partner: Grasshopper.