Editor's note: Due to unexpected weather conditions, unfortunately Sunnybank Plaza will have to postpone its Lunar New Year Rooftop Party, which will now take place on Saturday 3 March 2018 at the same time and place (from 4pm to 9pm at Sunnybank Plaza HOYTS Cinema Rooftop Carpark).
Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations on the international calendar, and this will be no different! From Wednesday, February 14, to Sunday, February 18, Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park Shopping Centre (easily Brisbane’s hub for all things Asian-cultured), is hosting their annual 5-day Chinese New Year celebration, bigger, brighter and more exciting than ever before.
Featuring a packed program of free entertainment and activities, the almost weeklong celebration will culminate with their first ever Lunar New Year rooftop party on Saturday, February 24. A partnership with Brisbane City Council’s BrisAsia Festival, the rooftop party will ring in the year of the dog with a cultural experience unlike anything else in Brisbane.
From 4pm onwards, the rooftop car park of Sunnybank cinema will be entirely transformed into a traditional lantern festival, complete with delicious food and drink, stunning live performances, and ending with a huge fireworks display. As the biggest celebration on the Chinese calendar, they are pulling out all the stops to ensure it is the massive festival it should be.
Last year’s celebrations saw over 120,000 revellers partaking in the celebrations, proving that Sunnybank really is the best place to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Sunnybank Marketing Manager Lisa Smith stated, “We are very excited to add the Lunar New Year Rooftop party to our celebrations this year, which are shaping up to be our biggest and best yet. It is the first time in over ten years that Sunnybank will have a huge colourful fireworks display to finish our celebrations with a bang.”
“We’ve also increased the number of Chinese New Year activities and session times that will be happening across the week to accommodate the growing crowds each year. Plus, we have a lot more hands-on workshops available, so visitors can try some of these cultural traditions for themselves. We are very proud to play host to one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in Brisbane.”
With a packed program including everything from tai chi, ice carving, and children’s dog mask workshops to food discovery tours, noodle making demonstrations, Chinese silk embroidery workshops, fruit carving classes, feng shui consultations and much much more, it’s clear that this is set to be one of the biggest celebrations in Brisbane this year.