Northbridge: Lions and dragons take to the streets for Chinese New Year

Jen Nie Chong with Abigail Lee, Ethan Lee and Finley Turner Picture: Matt Jelonek   d490499
Jen Nie Chong with Abigail Lee, Ethan Lee and Finley Turner Picture: Matt Jelonek d490499

NORTHBRIDGE is set to come alive with lions and dragons for Chinese New Year celebrations.

The Chung Wah Association’s annual community carnival is back on Sunday, February 10, with revellers ushering in the lunar year of the pig.

The events of the day are centred around James Street, which will be closed between William and Lake Streets.

Visitors can explore numerous food stalls, watch a cooking demonstration with Masterchef contestant Brendan Pang, check out Chinese cultural demonstrations and games, and be entertained by lion and dragon dancers.

Chung Wah Association cultural and development and activities chairperson Jen Nie Chong said it was the group’s eighth year of organising the event.

“My favourite thing about Chinese New Year is the special food and spending time with family,” she said.

“When you’re a kid it’s especially exciting because you get red packets.”

When the sun sets, Northbridge Piazza will host a multicultural concert to wrap up the day, with Chinese dance groups, the Chung Wah choir, Hungarian folk dancing, Ukrainian Cossack dancers and more taking to the stage.

The Perth Chinese New Year Fair 2019 kicks off at 12pm, with the multicultural concert beginning at 7pm.


BALLAJURA – Chinese New Year Dragon Parade

The Alexander Bar and Bistro is celebrating Chinese New Year with a dragon parade, drums, music and karaoke. There will also be a Sunday roast. DETAILS: The Alexander Bar & Bistro, 322 Alexander Drive, Ballajura, Sunday, February 10, 6pm to 7pm. Call 9249 1132.

BELMONT – Annual Lion Dance

Perth’s luckiest lottery kiosk, Here’s Luck Lottery Centre will hold their annual lion dance to celebrate Chinese New Year. DETAILS: The lion dance will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 2 at the Here’s Luck Lottery Kiosk at Belmont Forum.

BOORAGOON – Wheel of Good Fortune

Shoppers can try their luck on the wheel of good fortune at Garden City Shopping Centre from February 5 to 19, with a special prize if they land on the golden pig. There will also be a traditional lion dance at 1pm on Saturday, February 9. DETAILS: From February 5 to 19. For more information, visit

CLAREMONT – Lion Dance and Lanterns

Claremont Quarter will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a lion dance performance on Saturday, February 9, alongside special offers from food retailers. There will also be a lantern display on level one. DETAILS: 12.45pm to 1.30pm. For more information, visit

MIRRABOOKA – The Square Mirrabooka’s Lunar New Year

A double-lion dance and kung-fu group will return to The Square for another year. The performance will take place near the customer service desk. There will also be a wishing tree and a trail of Chinese horoscopes in the centre. DETAILS: The Square Mirrabooka, 43 Yirrigan Drive, Mirrabooka, Saturday, February 9, from 11am to noon.

MORLEY – Lion Dance and Kung-fu

Chatters Caf and Restaurant are holding its annual Chinese New Year event featuring a lion dance and kung-fu performance. There is also a special lunar year menu. DETAILS: Chatters Caf and Restaurant, 1 Progress Street, Morley, Saturday, February 9 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Call 9375 1636.

MT HAWTHORN – Dance Performances

The Mezz will join in the celebration of Chinese New Year with lion dance performances for shoppers to enjoy. DETAILS: Saturday, February 16, 12.15pm to 12.45pm. For more information, visit

NORTHBRIDGE – Lantern Festival

This festival will run along William Street from Roe to Brisbane Street, and feature lion dancers, kids activities and roaming entertainment. Red lanterns will be on display from February 14 to February 17. DETAILS: Free event, the festival kicks off from 4pm on Sunday, February 17.

WILLETTON – Lanterns and Lion Dancing

Southlands Boulevard is celebrating the Lunar New Year from Tuesday February 5 to Tuesday February 19. There will be lion dancing, stilt walkers and craft workshops with lantern making and calligraphy. DETAILS: Various times and days. Visit to find out more.