Chinese New Year Festival – postponed to 28 February

Chinese New Year Festival planned for Saturday 21 February has been postponed due to the weather. Celebrate Chinese New Year with us on Saturday 28 February 3 - 9pm.

Gold Coast Chinatown

Chinese Lanterns

Gold Coast Chinatown is an integral part of the revitalisation of Southport as an international CBD for the Gold Coast. View what is proposed for Gold Coast Chinatown in our video.

As Chinatown evolves, it will offer an authentic Asian experience and create a unique destination in the heart of Southport.

Chinatown is already encouraging Chinese and Asian tourists and fostering international relationships and investment, reinforcing the City as a destination to do business, be entertained, to live and be educated.

It provides a sense of home for the Chinese and Asian community that permanently reside on the Gold Coast. It also brings a sense of safety and community to the thousands of international students studying at Gold Coast universities, English language schools and colleges.

The world's first modern Chinatown is focused on Young and Davenport Streets in Southport. It will be a place for the Gold Coast to celebrate its diversity through culture, design, people and food. Chinatown will be an exciting mix of restaurants, cultural festivals and boutiques; a place of cultural indulgence and celebration.


Free events

Chinese new year festival dragon

Chinese dimsim on plate

Chinese night marktes

Chinese red tassels

Chinese New Year Festival 2015

Celebrate Chinese New Year with us on Saturday 28 February 3pm - 9pm.

Gold Coast Chinatown is set to come alive with colour, cuisine and cultural entertainment when we celebrate the inaugural Chinese New Year Festival.

This event marks the new lunar year in the Chinese calendar and celebrates the Year of the Goat. The festival throws open the gates of the new Gold Coast Chinatown and provides a place where the local community, international students and visitors can come together to share unique cultural and dining experiences.

A highlight of the festival will be the Asian Food Market, where you can enjoy a multicultural feast under the stars with live entertainment. The streets will be transformed into a delicious and inspiring cultural bazaar right in the heart of the CBD.

The program includes free live music, lion dancing, cultural workshops – lantern painting, calligraphy - roving entertainment, outdoor cinema, traditional performances and interactive activities with fun for the kids. The sky will come alive with a firework display at 9pm.

This festival welcomes everyone to celebrate our local multicultural community. Bring along family and friends, a picnic blanket and your festive spirit as we celebrate the inaugural Chinese New Year Festival in Gold Coast Chinatown.

Highlights include:

  • Asian Food Market
  • Live roving entertainment and street performances
  • Arts and cultural performances on the main stage - every hour between 3pm and 9pm
  • Interactive cultural workshops
  • Interactive cooking displays
  • Outdoor Cinema
  • Fireworks

Event details:

Date: Saturday 28 February 2015, 3pm - 9pm

Location: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport (Gold Coast CBD)

Cost: Free event

Parking: Free public parking is available at the Athol Paterson, Mal Burke and Carey Park car parks. Free parking from 3pm at Australia Fair East car park
(exit before 12am). Access via Marine Parade, Southport.

Transport

Ride the G: Disembark at the Southport Station, Nerang Street

Bus: Contact Translink for bus transport options from different areas of the city

Taxi: Contact Gold Coast Cabs

Cycling: Ride your bike and park in one of the many bike racks around the precinct.


Bleach* in the City

Fish-out-of-Water inflatable character

Musician Darren Middleton

It’s Southport’s turn to join the Bleach* Festival Party!

Amidst the Gold Coast CBD, Bleach* brings a colourful, artistic melting pot of music, art and food! Dine under the starts and meet Bleach* Festival’s family favourite Fish-out-of-Water when he glides into town.

Adding to the atmosphere is a suitcase rummage, eclectic food stalls and awesome live art projects.

Solo live music can be heard from Darren Middleton, former guitarist of Powderfinger. Darren will also join 'The Delicates' and 'The Atlais' to deliver a powerhouse of live music to the precinct.

Event details

Date: Friday 13 March, 5pm - 9pm

Location: Junction of Nerang and Davenport Streets, Southport (Gold Coast CBD)

Cost: Free event

Parking: Paid public parking is available at the Athol Paterson, Mal Burke, Carey Park and Broadwater Parklands car parks.

Transport

Ride the G: Disembark at the Southport Station, Nerang Street

Bus: Contact Translink for bus transport options from different areas of the city

Taxi: Contact Gold Coast Cabs

Cycling: Ride your bike and park in one of the many bike racks around the precinct.


Asian Food Markets - commencing in April 2015

The Asian Food Market will be a blend of multicultural cuisine from across Asia.

Weaved amongst street food vendors will be an eclectic mix of stalls selling traditional and modern merchandise and live entertainment.


Sister Cities

City of Gold Coast currently has nine Sister Cities Agreements.

The City, through the Mayor's Office, is working closely with our sister cities and partnership cities to inspire the cultural embellishments of Gold Coast Chinatown. A number of Chinese delegations have visited the City to assist with cultural design ideas for the gateways, street furniture, decorative lighting and public art.

The City has been working with Jining City, which donated a carved statue of the great Chinese philosopher Confucius. The Mayor officially accepted the statue on his recent visit to Jining City, which is the birth place of Confucius.

City of Gold Coast is working closely with other cities to design and donate the Paifang and other public art for the precinct.


Precinct Plan

The Gold Coast Chinatown Precinct Plan includes the streetscape design, retail and events strategies plus investment attraction activities and management.

For more information contact the Gold Coast CBD Team:

Phone: 1300 CBD TEAM (1300 223 832)
Email: cbd@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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