- New week-long festival celebrates Chinese culture in WA
- WA Government supports family-friendly festival which will conclude with a spectacular display of lanterns, lotus flowers across the swan river and fireworks
- First of a series of cultural festivals to be held across the year
The inaugural Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival will bring together arts, sports, film and activities for the kids in a family-friendly festival that will showcase the very best of Chinese culture.
Presented by the Chung Wah Association, the festival will run from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 May at Burswood Park, with the Swan River and the Perth city providing a spectacular backdrop to a week of cultural and business activities for the whole family.
Opening with dragon boats thundering down the river in a gala celebration, the event is an opportunity to see some of Western Australia's top dragon boat competitors in action in one of the world's fastest growing sports.
Burswood Park will be transformed into a dazzling marketplace, with delicious Chinese cuisine, performances, cultural demonstrations and kids' activities - including kite flying, lantern making and lion dancing - to ensure that there is something on offer for everyone.
Each evening, the Golden Koala Film Festival will show a range of contemporary Chinese cinema at the Movies by Burswood outdoor cinema, with talks by international film directors. All proceeds will go to Telethon.
The festival will also include the China/Australia Business Forum and an Architects and Construction Forum, which will build on close industry links between WA and China.
The festival finale on Saturday, 18 May 2019 will include spectacular displays of lanterns, lotus flower ceremony and fireworks.
For more information about the Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival visit www.perthchungwahculturalfestival.com.au or search Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival on Facebook.
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Tourism and Small Business Minister Paul Papalia:
"I am excited to announce the arrival of the Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival, the first of a series of events, which will promote social, cultural and economic contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities and attract international and interstate visitors to support our local jobs and economy.
"The Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival celebrates the Western Australian Chinese community's cultural and sporting heritage and showcases Perth as an exciting and vibrant city.
"The Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival is an exciting addition to Western Australia's dynamic calendar of world-class events and I encourage everyone to visit beautiful Burswood Park to enjoy the festivities."
Minister's office - 6552 5600