Lunar New Year at the Garden

Weekend Program

Celebrate Lunar New Year Weekends at the Garden
What's On

This Lunar New Year the Chinese Garden of Friendship is celebrating with lion dancing, tea ceremonies, watercolour painting workshops, Chinese Astrology readings and lots more! See what's on*:

Activities All Day

Activities All Day

From 12 noon - 2pm

Saturday 29 January   
Julia Luo (guzheng) & students
Sydney Guyun Guzheng Arts Academy

Sunday 30 January
Ying Liu (erhu) & Dora Maria (violin)
Ying & Dora Duet

Saturday 5 February
Hu Lei (yangqin), Hu Weigang (guan yue)

Sunday 6 February
Billy Han (dizi), Christine Guo (erhu) & Miumiu (yangqin)

Saturday 12 February
DJ Alice Tauv & Nicholas Ng (erhu, zhonghu, hulusi)

Sunday 13 February 
Tony Wheeler (guqin) (12 noon -1 pm only)
Luca Xiaoyan Cui (pipa) & Molly Menglu Ouyang (pipa) 
Australian Pipa Association

Artist biographies 

Luca Cui
Xiaoyan Cui (Lucathea) began learning the pipa at the age of 10. Her first teacher Jing Wang is a national first-level performer and master of art from the Central Conservatory of Music. From the age of 12, Lucathea learned the pipa from Zhiyong Li, an excellent performer from the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra. She passed the Sichuan Pipa Examination Grade 10 and has received several awards as a student. After arriving in Australia for further education in 2021, she became the member of the Australia Pipa Association, joined weekly ensemble courses and occasionally took part in some concerts and folk music related performance activities. She assists Dr. Lulu Liu (founder, Australia Pipa Association) with pipa teaching in various youth ensemble classes.

Billy Han (dizi, xun)
Billy Han 韓君禹 has been playing Chinese wind instruments for more than 15 years starting at age 7. From 2013 to 2017 he was the principal dizi of the Hong Kong Baptist University (Zhuhai Campus) Chinese Ensemble. He came to Sydney in 2017 and has since actively performed with other musicians and ensembles. Billy takes pride in actively introducing Chinese music to the local community, including facilitating workshops in schools such as Hurstville Public School and Newington College. Since 2019, he has been teaching Chinese instruments to develop student interest and appreciation of Chinese music and culture. He is a frequent guest of the Sydney Conservatorium Chinese Ensemble and has featured at the Floriade Festival (Canberra), the Sydney Sacred Music Festival and other events.

Julia Luo (guzheng)
Julia Luo 罗欧思宇 is the founder/teacher of Sydney Guyun Guzheng Arts Academy and examiner of guzheng social art grading examination of Chinese Conservatory of Music. She has had performances at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney city Town Hall, CCTV, SBS, ABC and other large-scale well-known stages and TV programs.

Dr Nicholas Ng (erhu, hulusi)
Dr Nicholas Ng 黄建文 is a composer, performer and Research Fellow at the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (Western Sydney University). A former Lecturer (Australian National University) and Research Fellow (Queensland Conservatorium), he began teaching Chinese music and western harmony at Sydney Conservatorium in 2016. On the erhu, Nicholas has toured to festivals around Australia, New Zealand, North America, Canada and Europe such as the KunstenFESTIVALdesarts (Brussels) and Sydney Festival. He has composed for The Song Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. Nicholas established the ANU Chinese Classical Music Ensemble (2003) and curated the festival ENCOUNTERS: China (2010). His work has been documented on SBS Mandarin Radio, ABC Music Show, and in the ABC Compass program, Divine Rhythms.

Dr Menglu (Molly) Ouyang (pipa)
Pipa performer Dr Menglu (Molly) Ouyang, member of Australian Pipa Association, has been playing pipa for more than twenty years. Molly has been invited as guest performers for several local events in Sydney and Chinese Musical Ensemble Concerts and obtained the highest level of the National Pipa Grade in 2015.

Tony Wheeler (clarinet, qin, zhongruan)
Performer, composer, and teacher Tony Wheeler graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1982 with a B.Mus. with Distinction. He spent two years under scholarship (1985-87) at the Shanghai Conservatory studying Chinese composition, ruan and guqin where he received a Certificate of Studies in Chinese music. In 1991 he graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Master’s Degree in Composition for Chinese instruments. As well as maintaining a busy teaching schedule, Tony frequently performs on Chinese and Western instruments in a contemporary and or improvisatory context, and has played in major orchestras in Australia. He has had more than 20 of his original compositions published by Wirripang.

Ying Liu (erhu) and Dora Maria (violin)
“Ying & Dora Duet” is a newly formed string ensemble focusing on cross-cultural diversity and a variety of different musical genres. Ying Liu has established an international reputation for her compelling performances and artistic individualism. Ying has performed and worked with many renowned musicians and ensembles across the world including Gerard Willems, Claire Edwardes, Richard Clayderman, Fang Jinlong, Wang Peng, Zhu Changyao and so on. 

Dora Maria is an in-demand acoustic/electric violinist and violist with a multi-faceted career across many genres. Currently based in Sydney Australia, Dora studied at the Royal College of Music in London before working as a regular session violinist. Dora has performed and toured with artists including Eminem, Flume, Taku, Sam Smith, Hanson, Michael Bublé, Hans Zimmer, London Grammar, The Stereophonics, Pete Tong for Ministry Of Sound, Peking Duk, Jess Mauboy, The Veronicas, Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem, Rai Thistlethwayte, Vera Blue and many more.

* Please note program details are subject to change without notice.



Head to Darling Harbour for an Asia-inspired extravaganza, featuring countless events including fireworks, a block party, mahjong, outdoor movies, lion dancing, dance battles, workshops and more!

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