Chinese New Year Girls

The City of Sydney today launched to the media the 2015 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and announced Barnardos Australia the official charity partner.

In keeping with 2015 being the Year of the Sheep Lord Mayor Clover Moore introduced Australian Wool mascots Fred and Truffles the rams, sheep puppeteers, Little Bo Peeps, traditional Chinese drummers and dancers, and dragons!

Barnardos Australia Ambassador Tina Arena says she admires the characteristics of those born in the Year of the sheep - wise, kind, dependable and calm.

"So, it is very fitting that in this year of the Sheep the charity partner for the 2015 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival is leading child protection charity, Barnardos Australia," she said.

"As a Barnardos ambassador, I passionately support their belief that every child deserves a safe and stable home. However, it may shock you to know that in Australia one child dies every two weeks as a result of abuse.

"Chinese New Year is a time of celebrating new beginnings with family and friends and showing generosity to others. Please help Barnardos Australia ensure a brighter future for a child who has nothing to celebrate."

Lord Mayor Clover Moore spoke at the event saying she is 'delighted to team up with Barnardos and provide our support'.

“The Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate family and remind ourselves of the kind of society and future we want for our children. Barnardos’ work in protecting at-risk children and finding permanent solutions for children in need could not be more important, and the City strongly supports Barnardos’ mission," she said.

The Festival activites kick off on 13 February with a lantern display at Dawes Point. It runs until 1 March with the street parade on 22 February. See the calendar of events.

Meet Baarnardo - our cute Chinese New Year mascot.