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Chinese New Year at Federation Square

BY PBP | 17-Feb-2015
Chinese New Year at Federation Square. Featuring Electric Dragon (world premiere) by multimedia artist, Georgie Pinn
Venue: Federation Square
Address: Cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts Melbourne
Date: 26 February – 1 March 2015
Time: Various
Ticket: FREE
Web: http://www.fedsquare.com/chinesenewyear
Electric Dragon. Supplied. Pic Credit: Georgie Pinn
The spirit of the dragon will come alive at Fed Square from 26 February to 1 March with a vibrant celebration of Chinese New Year. The world premiere of multimedia installation, Electric Dragon from Melbourne multimedia artist, Georgie Pinn, a spectacular lion dance by Melbourne’s premier lion dancing troupe, Hong De Lion Dance Association and a host of cultural activities and performances abound, as the Square welcomes in the Year of the Sheep. Following on from her successful Electric Puppets commission which premiered at Fed Square in 2013, the talents of Georgie Pinn are again on show with her specially commissioned work, Electric Dragon. 

Electric Dragon is an interactive performance that tells the story of Fang, the electric dragon, and his metamorphosis into the powerful Dragon he is meant to be as he journeys to different global locations, acquiring a range of animal parts and strengths along the way. Audience members will be invited on stage to create their own dragon by choosing silhouetted images of animal parts and corresponding sounds. These will be animated in real time and fed on to the Big Screen, enabling the public to respond to the existing story with their interpretation of the dragon and immediately create their own chapter. Performer Anna Yen provides movement, shadow puppetry and live performance accompaniment as the story unfurls on the big screen animation. Melbourne’s premier lion dancing troupe, Qunyi Lion Dancers will perform a spectacular celebratory dance on Sunday 1 March around Fed Square, bestowing ritual blessings for the coming year and culminating with a colourful performance on the Main Stage. 

Other Lunar New Year festivities include a performance in the Square from the Melbourne Chinese Choir, a children’s dance performance, traditional Chinese art activities and demonstrations including lantern making, calligraphy, Chinese painting and other handcrafts as well as free Tai Chi and Health Qigong classes, Mahjong lessons and a curated film program on the Big Screen. 

 CHINESE NEW YEAR PROGRAM: Thursday 26 February 8pm – 10pm | Electric Dragon premier Friday 27 February 8pm – 10pm | Electric Dragon Saturday 28 February 1pm – 1.45pm | Melbourne Chinese Choir 2pm – 3pm | Tai Chi and Health Qigong performance 3pm – 5pm | Mahjong lessons 8pm – 10pm| Electric Dragon Sunday 1 March Qunyi Lion Dancers 12pm – 1.30pm Chinese Art Demonstrations 1pm – 4pm Main Stage Program 1:35-1:45pm |Qunyi Lion dance 1:45:1:55pm |Dragon dance 2:00-2:25pm | Official opening follow by drum dance 2:25pm | Children’s dance: Auspicious day 2:30pm | Lantern dance: Red Coral 2:35pm | Vocal solo perform 2:45pm | Chinese Yi ethnic group dance 2:50pm | Chinese acrobatics 2:55pm | Introduction to traditional emblem of Chinese New Year -Fortune God and Chinese New Year blessing 3:05pm | Music performance 3:10pm | Kong Fu performance-Master Tie min Zeng 3:20pm | Youth performance-Tibetan dance: Lovely home Ri Ke Ze 3:25pm | Classical Chinese dance: Silk Road 3:30pm | Vocal solo performance 3:40pm | Inner Mongolian dance-Swan Goose/Meet in the Yurt 3:50pm | Popular Chinese square dance and children’s lantern parade