Head down to Darling Square during Lunar New Year to see a large-scale, illuminated ‘‘Year of the Rat’’ themed interactive installation, enjoy live entertainment and check out more than 60 food and dining options.
The “Lucky Lunar Lamp Posts” custom installation will light up the Square with 40 bright red gloss sculpted rats climbing illuminated 4-metre high lamp posts. The pieces light up simultaneously at night, creating a sensation of movement. Lights and sounds will also activate via touching the pipes. Snap a pic and receive good fortune for the year ahead.
Make sure you also check out the 2.7 metre-tall bespoke Year of the Rat Moon Gates by renowned Sydney based artist, Louise Zhang located in front of the iconic Exchange building. The gates are a traditional welcome that offer good fortune to those who pass through and feature traditional motifs that celebrate the Year of the Rat, including lilies, the flower considered most lucky for this zodiac.
What’s Chinese New Year without amazing food? Try limited edition, lobster dumplings and dragon ball ice cream from Made in China. Check out Dopa by Devon for a Chinese New Year delicacy, Yee Sang raw fish salad. IIKO Mazesoba celebrates the lucky colour of red with a limited edition organic red beetroot noodle, Mazesoba. Five Beauty offers lucky door prizes during Lunar New Year where you can win discounts on beauty, nails and make up. Plus, you can explore more than 60 dining, drinking and lifestyle retailers in the precinct.
A mix of Asian contemporary and pop music performances including DJs and small bands will create the soundtrack to Darling Square’s 2020 Lunar New Year celebrations, with live entertainment in the Square on 25 January from 2pm.