Melbourne is in the midst of welcoming the Year of the Monkey. Chinese New Year celebrations began over the weekend, and for two weeks we’re lucky enough to be able to enjoy a lively cultural festival full of food, colour, culture and new beginnings.
At Federation Square be dazzled by the light installations, in Chinatown witness roving performers, cultural workshops and the much-loved dragon parade on 14 February, at the Melbourne Zoo join the Year of the Monkey Experience and along the banks of the river at Southbank enjoy a spectacular view filled with illuminated zodiac lanterns and the festival’s official closing ceremony.
In the meantime, here are some of the sights from the festival so far.
Join the families and groups of friends who gather for food and festivities during the day, and wait for dusk when the city comes alight. The Chinese New Year Festival runs until Sunday 21 February.