2024 Lunar New Year events guide

A calendar of Australia-wide arts and cultural events to celebrate the Lunar New Year – Year of the Wood Dragon.
Dragon dances at the NGV Lunar New Year Celebrations, taking place from 10 – 11 February at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Eugene Hyland. A peachy pink dragon puppet is held by dragon dancers inside the concrete walls of NGV’s Great Hall. They are surrounded by a big crowd of visitors.

The dragon is one of the most celebrated zodiacs in many Asian cultures, and especially in China. The dragon is a mythical creature that symbolises strength, prosperity and wealth.

In ancient times, only emperors could use the dragon motif, with many stories around their connection with the divine creatures. To this day, Chinese people often refer to themselves as “龙的传人” (descendants of the dragon).

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne.