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Mont Blanc: 175-177 Collins Street, Melbourne. Year of the Dog Limited Edition high quality pen, defined by its loyalty, honesty and intelligence. Hand-engraved design on the silver cap and Au750 solid gold nib. The cone is set with a diamond, the birthstone for the Year of the Dog.

    City Calendar

    Australian Music Vault

    Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 Saint Kilda Road. The Australian Music Vault is a new free exhibition space, dedicated to sharing the story of Australian contemporary music and exploring its future. The Vault will showcase iconic people, events and places that define Australian music, including Dami Im, Ngaiire, Archie Roach, Ecca Vandal, AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Johnny O’Keefe, The Seekers, and many others. Content will be rotated in this ongoing exhibition. For more information visit www.australianmusicvault.com.au.

    South Melbourne Night Market

    Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne. Every Thursday from 5.30pm, now in its 10th year. Balmy, summer city nights come to life with a feast of street food, market stalls and entertainment. Bring your friends and family and enjoy dinner and drinks, shopping and music under the stars. Quality food, excellent drinks, and live music and entertainment. Get the latest news at southmelbournenightmarket.com.au.

    Aladdin The Musical

    Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street. Season extended by popular demand, but must close Sunday 28 January. Wednesday to Sunday, 8pm and some afternoon sessions. Musical theatre based on the popular character from the Arabian Nights. Phone 8643 3300. Bookings online at premier.ticketek.com.au

    City Eat & Drinks

    Dong Ting Restaurant

    295-297 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Authentic Hunan Cuisine - one of the Eight Great Chinese Cuisines, well known for hot and spicy flavour, fresh aroma and deep rich colours. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone 9041 3793 for bookings or more information.

    Nong Tang Noodle House

    Shop 16-17, 200 Bourke Street. The only restaurant in Australia offering the full range of genuine Shanghai cuisine. Includes Yangchun Noodles, panfried dumplings, “Eight Treasures” Chilli, Shanghai-style Duck in Sauce, “Old Pork Chop” and more. Open from 11.30am every day except Monday. For enquiries or bookings, phone 9639 9258 or email princeyiwen@hotmail.com.

    City Shopping

    Docklands Market

    Newquay Promenade, Docklands. Sunday 21 & 28 January, 10am to 5pm. Stroll along the peaceful promenade and browse the sights, sounds and scents of stalls selling handmade clothing, jewellery, art, homewares and toys. Fresh coffee, juice and snacks available, and sometimes live music. For details visit www.melbmarkets.com.au/docklands-sunday-market.

    Mont Blanc

    175-177 Collins Street, Melbourne. Year of the Dog Limited Edition high quality pen, defined by its loyalty, honesty and intelligence. Hand-engraved design on the silver cap and Au750 solid gold nib. The cone is set with a diamond, the birthstone for the Year of the Dog. Azure Dragon pens also available. For further information, please visit the main store or find your nearest store at montblanc.com/en/find-montblanc.html.

    City Entertainment

    Curtin House Rooftop Bar & Cinema

    Curtin House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne. Experience a Melbourne night at its best, sitting above the rooftops, looking at a star-studded sky, sipping a cool glass with a burger and enjoying your favourite movie. Featuring La La Land, Star Wars VIII and more. Visit 2017.rooftopcinema.com.au to see what's on. Adults $22, Concession $18, and blankets on hire for $5. Seating starts from 9.00pm and films at 9.30pm. Phone 9654 5394 for information.

    Play Me I’m Yours

    Friday 19 January until Sunday 4 February at Arts Centre Melbourne and various city locations. Twenty beautifully decorated “street pianos” for the public to enjoy. Free to use, just help yourself and have some fun. All pianos donated, painted and decorated by community and cultural groups across Melbourne. More info at www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or www.streetpianos.com.au.

    Tai Chi & Qigong

    Fed Square, Cnr Swanston Street and Flinders Street. Tuesdays 7.30am and Fridays between 8am and 9 am. Feel refreshed, rejuvenated and energised with the Chinese martial art that promotes health and relaxation. Free classes by expert instructors from Tai Chi Australia, ideal for all ages and levels of fitness. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. In bad weather sessions will be held in The Atrium (off Flinders Street). Phone 9655 1900 or visit fedsquare.com/events/tai-chi.

    Editor's Pick

    Sandown Greyhounds Lunar Festival

    Greyhounds Entertainment, View Road, Springvale, Saturday 27 January 12pm to 12am and Sunday 28 January 12pm to 10pm. Entry $5, Children under 12 free. Lion Dance on Saturday at 6.30pm, Fireworks Sunday night at 9.15pm. Live performances include Huy Vu and Quynh Vi direct from the USA and the Majestic Band. Market and food stalls, carnival rides, and heaps of prizes and giveaways. Barrel Draws every hour 1pm-6pm on Saturday, Cashbooth Draws on Sunday at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm. Don't miss your chance to win $8888 on the Lucky Spinning wheel Saturday night at 7.30pm. For details contact Hai Pham 0403 542 254 or Melissa 9548 3655.

    Indigenous Australia Day Concert

    Treasury Gardens, Spring St, East Melbourne. Friday 26 January, 1pm. Enjoy an Australia Day picnic while indigenous musicians perform traditional and contemporary song and dance during the Balit Narrun - Share the Spirit Festival. Share that spirit with over 5,000 people, surrounded by the lush greenery, art stalls and food trucks. Visit facebook.com/sharethespiritfestival for details.

    Riverside on the Lawn

    Common Man Lawn, Dukes Walk, South Wharf. Friday 26 January 12noon-10pm. Celebrate all things Australian with a day of beer & barbequing. The Common Man will cook up an Aussie feast with their barbeque, spit roast and smoked meat from the Jim Beam meat smoker, while offering Heineken 3, Pimms & Giesen specials. Action from the Australian Open will be broadcast on giant screens. Face painting and outdoor games for kids and the whole family. For details and booking please visit www.facebook.com/events/192020998038353.

    NGV Triennial

    National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank. Open daily 10am-5pm until April 15 and free of charge. The NGV's most ambitious exhibition to date, with works from more than 100 artists from 32 countries on show on all four levels. Architecture, animation, performance art, film, virtual reality, tapestry, fashion design, design and sculpture. Includes a full-sized Moroccan tea house and photo booth, Yayoi Kusama’s Flower Obsession, an entire apartment outfitted by Ikea, the 18 metre long Eternity-Buddha by Chinese artist Xu Zhen, Fantasia-style gowns of Chinese couturier Guo Pei, and many other works to delight and challenge all the senses.


    Welcome To The Year of The Dog

    According to the Asian Lunar Calendar, Friday 16 February is the first day of the Year of the Dog.

    Around Melbourne there are many events scheduled to celebrate the Asian New Year. Each venue offers its own unique festival theme, performances and food. Visitors can expect to see the Chinese Lion Dance, fireworks, traditional folk music and dancing, martial arts and much more.

    Following is a sample of the major events advertised at the present time. Check local organisations and Councils closer to the date for other events, which might not be advertised yet.


    Hopkins St, Sunday 21 January 10am to 10pm

    East meets West at Footscray's Lunar New Year celebrations, organised by the Footscray Asian Business Association. Variety of foods, games, and rides for all ages. Fireworks display at 9.25 pm.

    For details contact Hai Pham 0403 542 254 or Wing La 0411 184 804.


    Victoria Street, Richmond, Sunday 28 January

    Victoria Street will be lined with many food, business, charity and community stalls adding a vibrant and energetic feel to the event. In the past, the festival has featured a 40 metre long Lion Dance, and a food demonstration stage showcasing Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and other Asian foods.

    Phone 0408 217 899 for details.

    Tet Lunar New Year Festival 2018

    Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, on 3-4 February from 10am-11pm.

    Hosted by the Vietnamese Community in Victoria, over 40,000 visitors have joined festival organisers each year. You will find an array of delicious traditional Vietnamese foods, a range of fantastic live entertainment, cultural exhibits, amusement rides and games, children’s activities and a spectacular 15 minute fireworks display each evening at around 9pm.

    More details at www.melbournepoint.com.au/events/tet-festival.

    Box Hill

    Box Hill Mall, Whitehorse Road, Saturday 17 February 2018 11am-11pm.

    Whitehorse City Council and the Asian Business Association of Whitehorse brings an exciting program of entertainment and stalls. The showcase of Chinese culture includes the Parade of Choi Sun (Chinese God of Fortune) and the giant Buddha statue where you can pray for a prosperous, safe year to come. The Main Stage at the intersection of Market St & Main St will host a full entertainment program.

    Melbourne Chinatown

    Little Bourke Street, Sunday 18 February.

    Starting in the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown, the Big Dragon Dai Loong's weaving dance connects the CBD and Fed Square (for the New Year countdown) with modern Chinese culture. Other events include Buddhist prayers, Dogs parade, Hawker stalls and cultural performances.

    For details phone 0418 589 78 or visit www.cnymelbourne.com.au.

    Crown Lunar New Year

    The Atrium, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Friday 16 February to Sunday 18 February.

    Experience the dazzling Zodiac Spectacular featuring 60 suspended traditional lanterns, 12 giant zodiac animal lanterns and lucky cumquat trees. A magical fireworks display at 9.45pm on Friday 16 February welcomes the beginning of the new year.

    For more information, visit www.chinesenewyear.com.au, phone 9830 7231 or email info@multiculturalevents.com.au.

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