Chinese New Year – Audition Call

October 28th, 2010

City holds open auditions for Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
28 October 2010

For the first time, the City of Sydney is seeking volunteer performers for next year’s celebrated Chinese New Year Twilight Parade.

The Twilight Parade is the jewel in the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival crown and will be held on Sunday 6 February 2011.

“The City’s Chinese New Year Festival, which in 2011 will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, is the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside Asia,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

The City is holding open auditions for both individuals and groups interested in dancing, physical performance or assisting with activities along the Parade route.

You don’t have to be a professional performer; all levels of experience are welcome and for some roles no experience is necessary.

The 2011 Twilight Parade will have more than 2500 participants, including 150 performers from Hubei province in central China, and is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to the city streets.

The Parade begins on George Street outside Sydney Town Hall at 7:45pm and ends with a fireworks display at Darling Harbour around 10:00pm.

The Festival includes more than 70 events including markets, dragon boat races, temple tours, a film festival, art exhibitions, kids’ events, cultural and historical tours, calligraphy demonstrations, opera and banquets.

More than 600,000 people attend the festival annually, making it one of the most popular events on Sydney’s annual calendar.

Rehearsals for the 2011 Twilight Parade will begin in December 2010.

Chinese New Year Festival 2011 – Twilight Parade open auditions

When:             Sunday 7 November 2010
Time:              10:00am – 2:00pm (doors open at 9:30am)
Where:            Paddington Town Hall, cnr Oxford Street and Oatley Road 

For more information or to register for the open auditions, please email Daniela Ristevski at

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