Asian Events Trust (AET) is proud to host the first Lunar New Year Festival in Wellington from February 1-12, 2022.
Te Whanganui-a-Tara / Wellington will come to life thanks to the Lunar New Year Festival with a wide range of cultural performances, workshops, food experiences and arts and crafts.
The 2022 event will be the first AET festival under the name of the Lunar New Year. In October 2021, AET announced the rebranding of the Wellington Chinese New Year Festival to encompass the many Asian cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year.
The year 2022 marks the year of the water tiger. The tiger stands for passion, ambition and enthusiasm and the water element focuses on the characteristics of generosity, self-confidence and revitalization.
The Lunar New Year festival program will include some beloved and popular elements of the Chinese New Year festival program, as well as the introduction of some new and exciting elements. The program was organized on the basis of the Chinese theory of the five elements; audiences will see water, wood, fire, earth and metal woven together throughout the two week festival program. Present at each event’s venues are five element-inspired tiger models, each developed by local artists – T. Wei, Stan Chan, Phoebe Tims, Tara Young and Matthew Yee.
Linda Lim, Program Director, said: “Each model will feature a diverse design from Asia and Aotearoa ranging from traditional to contemporary, street performance and visual art. We are excited to see each interpretation of the characteristics of each element and showcase them at the five events that make up our festival program for the inaugural Lunar New Year celebrations.
The celebrations will open on February 1 at Shed 6 with the beloved East Meets West showcase. Inspired by artists born during the Year of the Wood Tiger, “Wood you like this Dance? Will be a lively evening of traditional and contemporary performances presented by local artists and community groups.
Other activities throughout the festival include the premiere of a New Dance, a new film created by arts winner Daniel Belton Inspired by Metal Tiger (February 1 – 13), Asian Food Market and the craft will return with the crowd’s favorite waterfront parade on February 5th. (Fire and Water Tiger), and there will be a family arts and crafts day at the National Library on February 12 (Earth Tiger).
“We’re always looking for new ways to engage new audiences, to be relevant and responsive to changes in the events landscape. Our new look festival will captivate people of all walks of life, cultures and ages to actively participate in a two week celebration of the Lunar New Year of the Water Tiger, ”Lim said.
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