Proud sponsor of 2020 Chinese New Year festivities

The Confucius Institute is proud to be a sponsor of one of Wellington’s favourite cultural events: the Chinese New Year Festival.

Promotional poster for Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year Festival will kick off on Saturday 1 February with the crowd-favourite East Meets West showa cross-culture, cross-genre showcase at the TSB Arena. This year’s theme is Colours of our Culture, inspired by visual artist Guy Ngan, a second-generation Chinese-New Zealander whose work is characterised by bold colours.

Liz Ngan, daughter of Guy and guardian of his estate and artistic legacy, says, “I am excited to see this collaboration between visual and performing arts and the opportunity for the Chinese and wider community to enjoy Guy’s work in this context.”

Following the East Meets West show, a spectacular fireworks display on Wellington’s waterfront at 9.30 pm will welcome in the Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture the rat represents optimism, intelligence, and energy, all of which audiences will experience in the 2020 festival programme.

Come say hello at the Art & Craft Market

Sunday 2 February is Festival Day and a chance to experience the finest Chinese cuisine, crafts, and more cultural entertainment at TSB Arena. The Confucius Institute will be running a Hanfu photo booth at the Art & Craft Market, as well as giving out cheerful red envelopes to wish people a prosperous year.

The Festival Street Parade will also be making a highly anticipated return on Sunday, filling Wellington’s CBD with more fabulous colour, music, and joy.

Linda Lim, Chinese New Year Festival Programme Director, says, "We are so proud of Chinese New Year celebrations in Wellington; our dynamic, colourful, and inclusive programme fills a vital gap in the city, for the wider community to celebrate the cultural diversity of Wellington, and for the Chinese community to feel at home. We are looking forward to seeing the whole of Wellington join us to welcome in the Year of the Rat.”

You’re welcome to download the 2020 CNY Festival poster and to follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram for updates and information #wellycny2020.