The Newcastle Rotary Clubs is inviting Novocastrians to celebrate Chinese New Year and Light up Newcastle with red lanterns on the 13th of February. The lantern walks will converge on the Maritime Centre in Harbour Square at Honeysuckle for a short official ceremony and lion dancing at 7pm.
You can take part by buying a lantern at Nobbys Lighthouse and join the Hunter School of Performing Arts marching band on a walk to Honeysuckle that leaves Nobbys at 5.00pm. Or buy a lantern from the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and walk with the Marching Koalas to Honeysuckle from the Figtree Park at Wickham at 5.30pm.
As people walk with lighted lanterns at sun set we hope this will form a snake along the waterfront of Newcastle harbour and “Light up Newcastle”.
A short official ceremony will be held outside the Maritime Centre at 7pm involving dignitaries and sponsors. VIPs and Sponsors will be involved in the ceremonial eye-doting ceremony to wake up the Lion dancers to herald in good luck for the New Year.
Around the Honeysuckle Precinct you will find Chinese lion dancers, dragons, dancers, musicians, singers, marching bands, choirs and much more to entertain you.
The main entertainment stage will be near the Maritime Centre and other groups will provide entertainment near the Honeysuckle Hotel.
During the afternoon, dragon boat races will be held near the Maritime Centre between 2-5pm. The Fort Scratchley guns will fire at 4pm to mark the start of the dragon boat races.
The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club yachts and boats will sail past between 7-8pm and carry lanterns to form a channel of boats to “Light up Newcastle” from the harbour. The local tugs and ferry will also carry lanterns and the tugs will perform a water ballet around 6pm.
The Fort Scratchley Museum guns will be fire again at 9pm to mark the conclusion of the event with fireworks.
Visit lightupnewcastle.com.au for more information.