WA celebrates Chinese culture, collaboration and opportunity
Western Australia has welcomed the Year of the Rooster in spectacular style with an expanded Luna New Year program focused on tourism, education, and cultural exchange across Perth and regional WA.
There was an opportunity for everyone to join the celebrations with a vibrant range of events across Northbridge, Perth City, Elizabeth Quay and beyond including music performances, exhibitions, kids’ activities, dance, fashion and music.
The annual Chung Wah Chinese New Year street fair proved, once again, that it is one of WA’s favorite cultural events with more than 80,000 people descending on Northbridge. Meanwhile, displays including a massive lantern display, ran throughout the week at Elizabeth Quay drawing huge crowds.
These events were the centerpiece of a month-long whole-of-government program to highlight the broad and dynamic relationship between WA and China.
Synergies and opportunities in creative industries were explored in a forum bringing together a number of Australian and Chinese creatives to share experiences and knowledge. Hosted by the Department of Culture and the Arts, the forum featured professionals from a number of industries including theatre and film.
A program of Chinese inspired fashion, hosted by the WA Fashion Council, brought together emerging fashion creatives – not only improving cultural awareness but building a strong foundation for collaboration in the WA and Chinese fashion industries.
The inaugural Australia-China Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation, held at UWA by the WA Chinese Scientists Association, highlighted and further developed bilateral understanding in the areas of sustainability, medical science, clean energy, agriculture and entrepreneurship.
With Chinese students making up 12 per cent of WA’s international students today, education is a key focus of the relationship between WA and China. This was reflected in the program with delegations of students and teachers visiting WA through initiatives by the Department of State Development and Study Perth.
Locally, the internationally renowned Wenqin Performance Troupe, facilitated by the WA-based Confucius Institute, visited nine schools bringing Chinese culture and art into WA classrooms.
Furthermore, a youth exchange program, supported by the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, provided tertiary students with firsthand experience of another culture to enrich their future education and career goals.
Covering all of these activities, and many more, were a team of Chinese bloggers, brought over by Tourism WA, to highlight WA as a choice travel destination to a new generation of Chinese tourists. With a combine following of more than one million people, these eight ‘key opinion leaders’ showcased WA to one of our biggest tourist markets.
Supported by the State Government, this $1 million dollar expanded Chinese New Year program marked the 30 year sister state relationship between WA and the Zhejiang Province in eastern China, as well as the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and China.