Bunbury family to host Chinese New Year celebrations

Harmony and understanding: Originally from China, Pan Pan, Yina Jia and Cindy Ma now call Bunbury home and are looking forward to the event. Photo: Emily Sharp.
Harmony and understanding: Originally from China, Pan Pan, Yina Jia and Cindy Ma now call Bunbury home and are looking forward to the event. Photo: Emily Sharp.

The traditional will collide with the modern at this year’s Bunbury Chinese New Year Festival.

The festival now in its second year will be held on March 5 at the Stirling Street Arts Centre.

Event organiser Amanda Yip said it was a very hands-on event where people could experience a range of activities. 

“There’s lots of workshops where you can make things and participate and this is all facilitated by really good artists and performers from China directly,” she said. 

“We want people to have a connection with another Chinese person because we think that’s another step towards better harmony and understanding of other cultures.”

An array of family run food stalls will provide tasty delights with the day to include a Ping Pong exhibition, musical instrument demonstrations, fire crackers and talks on Chinese medicine.

“We’ve got the Lion Dance where everyone is given a red packet, you can put some money inside and he gobbles it up and it’s supposed to bring you that money back during the year,” Ms Yip said. 

“We would like to leave a legacy in the town and also create something that people can come to and meet Chinese people.”

For information visit bunburychinesenewyearfestival.com.au.