City of Sydney welcomes in the Year of the Rabbit

The City of Sydney is kicking off the Chinese New Year, this weekend, with live entertainment and market stalls.

A giant screen karaoke competition, open air film screenings, live entertainment from Hubei in China and about 50 market stalls will feature at celebrations from 28 – 30 January at Belmore Park in Haymarket, Sydney.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City of Sydney's Chinese New Year Festival is one of the largest celebrations of the lunar New Year outside of Asia and 2011 is on track to be our biggest and best Festival yet.

The Festival will kick off at a lineup of exclusive entertainment, including a spectacular Wudang martial arts performance by visiting artists from Hubei province in Central China.

Another highlight at this year's markets will be the Belmore Big Screen, featuring an interactive karaoke competition on Saturday night and a film screening of kung fu thriller 14 Blades on Sunday.

Also returning this year is the City's Live Green House, an interactive urban home demonstrating sustainable lifestyle solutions for both house and apartment dwellers.

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