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Chinese New Year 2010 – Year of the Tiger: Arts Highlights

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  • 12 February 2010 – 20 March 2010
  • Various times and locations
Free Launch Celebration
When: 6:30pm Friday 12 February 2010
Where: Belmore Park, Haymarket (near Central Station)
Witness the ancient and magical ‘face changing’ performance by visiting artists from Chongqing City in China. Performers wear brightly coloured masks which they change within a fraction of second. The performers will appear exclusively for the Launch Celebration.
Enjoy a contemporary dance performance by Chen Wen of Sydney Dance Company, and watch young Sydney artists blend ancient Wushu martial arts with urban hip hop.
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
Date: 7:45pm to 9:45pm, Sunday 21 February 2010
Where: Town Hall to Chinatown, followed by fireworks in Darling Harbour
2700 local and international performers come together for this spectacular street show moving from Town Hall to Chinatown. Expect to see the traditional, this year including Vietnamese and Korean performers, and the contemporary, including B Boys, aerialists and stilt walkers. Last year’s inaugural Twilight Parade attracted around 100,000 people to the city streets.  Approximately 300 performers from Chongqing City, China, show off their world-renowned acrobatic skills and enormous dragons.
Contemporary Art From China
When: 10am – 6pm (Thurs – Sun), Until July 2010
Where: White Rabbit Gallery, 30 Balfour Street, Chippendale
See some of the most exciting contemporary art from China in this new exhibition of works from emerging and established artists.
Guo Jian – The Cast And Crew
When: 11am – 6pm (Tues – Sat), 12 February – 20 March 2010
Where: Gallery 4A, 181-187 Hay Street, Sydney
Leading Chinese-Australian artist Guo Jian Guao began his art training creating posters for the People’s Liberation Army. This latest solo exhibition explores the experience of living between Australian and Chinese cultures.
Giant Digital Origami Tigers
When: Tuesday 9 February – 14 March 2010
Where: Customs House Square
Giant digital origami tigers fuse ancient lantern making methods with cutting edge design and fabrication technology, bringing together tradition and innovation, east and west. The crouching tigers, designed by multinational architectural practice LAVA, will be the size of a truck at two and a half metres high and seven metres long and made of fully recyclable materials.
William Yang’s My Generation
When: 23 February – 6 March 2010
When: CarriageWorks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Relive Sydney’s wild and indulgent artistic scene in the seventies and eighties with this unique performance piece from acclaimed visual artist William Yang.
Red Cliff, Directors Cut
When: 6pm Wednesday 17 February 2010
Where: Dendy Opera Quays
See the original two part Chinese theatrical version of Hong Kong master John Woo’s spectacular action-packed war epic Red Cliff; the most expensive film and highest grossing box office film in China. Red Cliff is based on the legendary battle where 50,000 men defeated an army of nearly one million.
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