Banner photo: Lion dance excitement amongst guests at HCC's CNY Fire Rooster Banquet .
21 February 2017
Harmony brings wealth
Chinese New Year is an ancient and exciting 2 week cultural celebration of plenty of food, family and friends, entertainment, fireworks and lion dancing can be expected. With Sydney's strong past, present and future bi-cultural relations with China, Sydney's spectacular Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster definitely arrived with much excitement and fire.
Photo collage includes City of Sydney CNY Celebrations at City of Sydney Launch, Westpac, Market City and HCC CNY Banquet.
The two weeks celebrating Chinese New Year is one of the busiest period for visitors in Chinatown Sydney with a reported 140,000 visitors to upward of 250,000 visitors during this festive time. With HCC's official CNY Fire Rooster Banquet and numerous CNY events and programs, here are some highlights from this exciting and prosperous time;
HCC CNY Fire Rooster Banquet 2017 Highlights
Official HCC CNY VIP photo and event celebrations at The Eight Restaurant.
As one of Sydney’s most exciting nights to celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY), Haymarket Chamber of Commerce’s (HCC) CNY banquet last Friday attracted over three hundred Chamber members, businesses, artists, community leaders and featured our Official Special Guests; Dr Charlie Teo AM, The Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells,The Hon. Victor Dominello, Alex Greenwich MP and Deputy Lord Mayor Kerryn Phelps.
Following this event’s successful launch last year; featuring the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull, the HCC CNY event was a special evening embodying the CNY celebration of Chinese culture, music, food and spirit whilst also raising funds for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, founded by Dr Charlie Teo AM.
With energetic Lion Dancers, one of Sydney’s only Chinese jazz singers and traditional Chinese dance performances during the12 course banquet extravaganza, the event welcomed many VIP guests with the City of Sydney Councillor Robert Kok, Councillor Craig Chung, Councillor Jess Scully, Councillor Jess Miller, Councillor Philp Thallis, Councillor Linda Scott and Councillor Angela Vithoulkas with Edmund Capon AM, OBE.
As HCC's first ever charity raising event, our EC & HCC members kindly donating almost $2500 worth of prizes, HCC raised almost $4000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation (CBCF) and we thank the generosity of our guests on the night for supporting CBCF.
HCC thanks our the support of our event sponsors; Art Atrium, P & G Mode Realty, Umi Group, Prestige Strata, Abacus Visa Immigration, Avantro Legal, Banna Group, The Eight, Red Bottle, Surfside Hotels and PublicStyle. We also appreciate the wonderful work of our MC Ky Chow, photography by Aaron Stathi, Ken Johnson, DJ Dumplings, Sunny Siu Videography and events team Rei Wang and Ada Gau. For more photos click HERE
Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2017
The event also celebrated the launch of HCC’s very popular annual Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2017 featuring the unique flavors of Haymarket’s places, people and character of this most culturally diverse precinct. Read it online HERE.
City of Sydney CNY 2017 Official Launch
HCC was kindly invited to City of Sydney (CoS) harbor launch which offered 400 guests breathtaking views of the CoS Sydney CNY 2017 launch and Chinatown Sydney welcomed a dragon's tail of red lanterns and very own interactive Rooster installation along Dixon Street. Thank you to the Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Councilor Robert Kok, City of Sydney team led by Monica Barrone and Stephen Gilby.
Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge turned Red below a sky of amazing fireworks to launch the CNY Fire Rooster 2017 2 week celebrations.
Haymarket Lunar Year Celebrations
From L to R: City of Sydney Rooster installation and City of Sydney in co-operation with HCC Red Lantern installation supported by NSW transport along Dixon Street.
Westpac CNY Celebrations
HCC was also kindly invited to attend our sponsor Westpac's beautiful CNY banquet held at the Hyatt Regency featuring amazing Chinese celebration decor and attracting over 450 guests. Thank you to Westpac's; Bernadette Inglis, Jeff Hurdis, Jodie Laming and Kevin Chen.
The ancient Chinese considered the rooster to have forecasting abilities. Roosters are intelligent and fast thinkers with the Fire Rooste known to be energetic, passionate and anxious. The rooster enjoys good looking things and is artistic, so the year ahead could be beautiful, romantic, creative, enjoyable, but also accompanied by frustration.
In 2017 finance will still be one of the main concerns. People will seek opportunities to make money. It will be a hard working year, however extra wealth will be hard to find. Finances will be up and down. Read more HERE
Special Chinese Tennis Tournament with APIA International Tennis
The Chinese community, Chinese Australian media and HCC were kindly invited to attend the Apia International tennis tournament (8-14 January 2017) in Sydney) featurng famous Chinese tennis player Zhang Shuai.
Chinese fans flocked to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre to meet the No.1 player Zhang Shuai and enjoyed some Chinese-themed celebrations during this special cutlrual sporting event. Read more HERE
Jobs NSW and Haymarket HQ Supports Asian Market
Jobs NSW held an exciting event with Haymarket HQ aimed at supporting business in the Asian market with featured key speakers and connecting industry leaders and government.
The event was attended by Minister John Barilaro (Deputy Premier), David Thodey (Chair of Jobs NSW) and Karen Borg (CEO of Jobs NSW).
Sydney Metro West Plans
In Novermber 2016, the NSW Govt announced a new underground metro railway line to be built between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD. The four key precincts identified is Paramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, Bays Precinct and Sydney's CBD. The planning process has started for the next stage of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project, with a State Significant Infrastructure Application Report lodged last week for the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade.
This Sydney Metro initiative aims to cut travel times between Sydenham and Macquarie Park by at least 16 minutes, as well as cutting up to 11 minutes on the trip between Bankstown and Martin Place. The Bankstown line will have new and direct access to major CBD metro stations and beyond, including Martin Place, Pitt Street, Barangaroo, Victoria Cross in North Sydney, Chatswood and Macquarie Park. New-generation, fully air-conditioned metro trains are also to be part of this major transport upgrade.
Further consultation will take place later this year when the Environmental Impact Statement for the Sydenham to Bankstown upgrade is placed on public exhibition.
or more information phone: 1800 171 386, or go to our website sydneymetro.info
For more information about Haymarket or the Chamber go to:
- Haymarket Chamber of Commerce new website; www.haymarketchamber.org.au
- Haymarket Live Work Play Guide 2017 click HERE
- Chamber Chinatown Walking Tour Phone Application on iTunes HERE or Google HERE
- Facebook Haymarket Sydney Community
- Instagram: #haymarketlove
- LinkedIn: Haymarket Chamber of Commerce
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