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Sydney Lunar Festival 2024

Lunar New Year is for everyone to enjoy! This year, celebrate the Year of the Dragon and support SSI to achieve equality of life for all.

It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Dragon!

We’re incredibly grateful to announce that The City of Sydney has selected SSI as the Sydney Lunar Festival charity partner for 2024. As one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia, it’s the perfect time to gather families and friends to celebrate the diversity of Sydney!

From 10 – 25 February 2024, celebrate the Year of the Dragon with street parties, live entertainment, delicious food, lion dances, dragon boat, and art and light installations that will dazzle young and old alike!

Who is SSI?

SSI is a national not-for-profit providing dedicated human and social services to a diverse Australia.

With community at the heart of everything we do, our purpose is to create a world in which everyone has access to equal opportunities. Our mission is to create a more equitable, resilient, enriched and inclusive society.

With a footprint across the east coast of Australia, SSI supported more than 56,000 clients across nearly 60 programs and community-based services in the last year.

Our impact

56,000 +

people

accessed SSI services (up 16% from FY2022)

59

programs and initiatives

were provided by SSI (up 20% on FY2022)

28,000 +

people

accessed initiatives, including workshops, information sessions and consultations.

As of SSI’s 21-22 integrated report.

What’s on

Sydney Lunar Streets

Saturday 10 February 2024

Kick off your celebrations at Sydney Lunar Streets where the streets of Haymarket will buzz with live entertainment, roving performers, food, market stalls and live music. Be on the lookout for the vibrant SSI yellow as we help open the festival as part of an eye-dotting ceremony.

Sydney Lunar Spectacular performer on stage
Sydney Lunar Spectacular

Saturday 17 February 2024

Community and cultural groups will take to the stage for this year’s Sydney Lunar Spectacular show in celebration of the Year of the Dragon. Performers will share their culture through dance, music, theatre, traditions and storytelling.

Dragon Boats on the water
Dragon Boats Weekend

Friday 16 February – Sunday 18 February 2024

Witness three thrilling days of dragon boat races on Cockle Bay to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Watch thousands of paddlers slice and churn through the water in 12m long dragon boats.