Lantern Decorating and Music Family Workshops – Sydney Chinese New Year Festival at the Chinese Garden of Friendship



Lantern Decorating Workshop

In 2018, Sydney’s 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art invites you to join us in celebrating Chinese New Year at our family-friendly workshops in the Chinese Garden of Friendship on Saturday 24th February and Saturday 3rd March 2018.

Located within Darling Harbour, the workshops will take place in the serene hidden oasis of the Chinese Garden of Friendship, allowing participants to experience and appreciate the traditional Chinese landscapes and philosophy of the garden.

For just a gold coin donation, families can participate in the creation and decoration of paper lanterns with activities designed to cater to a wide age range. Participants are also invited to create origami dogs to celebrate the Year of the Dog.

4A will provide all materials for construction, as well as guided instruction.

The lantern workshops continue the commitment of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art to the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year celebration, with the goal of developing creativity and public engagement with Sydney’s Chinatown community and culture.

Music Workshop/Performance: Rainbow Chan’s Weitou Lullaby
On Saturday24th February, join artist and musician Chun Yin Rainbow Chan – and her mum – at the Chinese Garden of Friendship to learn a lullaby in Weitou.
Weitou dialect is a Yue Chinese language that is spoken mainly by older generations in Shenzen and Hong Kong’s New Territories. Rainbow, who grew up between Hong Kong and Australia, is on a journey to learn her family’s local dialect through song. In this session, Rainbow will talk about her experience of reconnecting with language and place through song, give a performance, and then teach participants a simple lullaby in Weitou. Rainbow will be joined and assisted by her mum in this session and families are encouraged to join us and sing along together.

About Chun Yin Rainbow Chan:

Chun Yin Rainbow Chan is a multidisciplinary artist who works across sound, performance and installation. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, she is interested in duality, diaspora and the effects of globalisation on modern Chinese society. Tying together her works across installation and pop music is the relationship between nostalgia, migration and identity. Since winning FBi Radio’s Northern Lights Competition in 2011, Chan has been building a reputation as one of the most innovative artists in Australia with her highly personal, experimental pop music. She recently released her debut album Spacings (Silo Arts & Records) which was met with critical acclaim, handpicked as the feature album on FBi Radio, Radio Adelaide, RTRFM and scoring 4 stars from Rolling Stone.