Big crowd joins new year party

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
VideoBunbury Chinese New Year Festival 2019

The South West started off the Year of the Pig in style at the weekend with more than 3000 people attending the Bunbury Chinese New Year Festival.

Thousands of people flocked to Victoria Street to get among the festivities and sample almost countless aspects and elements of Chinese culture.

Event organiser Amanda Yip said it was gratifying to see so many people support the event after months of work.

“We’re just family and friends that run it,” she said.

“Everything looked alive in the street.”

This year brought a move to a new venue for the festival, having shifted from the Stirling Street Arts Centre to Victoria Street which catered for more attractions and a much bigger capacity crowd.

“The street looked amazing with the red lanterns against the trees,” Mrs Yip said.

“Everyone loved it, it’s so easy to decorate that street, it was lovely.”

This year’s event was bolstered by the presence of the Chinese consul-general who opened the festival and told a series of anecdotes reflecting on his time on the South West.

Mrs Yip said she and her team were going to enjoy a well-earned break before planning for the 2020 edition gets under way in April.

She said the event would return to Victoria Street in years to come.

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