Newcastle China Week returns this year from 12th – 15th October with a supersized festival that will feature something for everyone. From enlightening business forums and global networking events, a night of noodle markets under the stars and a vibrant festival celebrating modern and traditional Chinese culture, it will be a journey for both the mind and the senses.
The initiative, led by the University of Newcastle’s Confucius Institute, will once again delight, inspire and entertain over 20,000 locals and visitors with its immersive program of events and valuable opportunities for cultural exchange.
Cher Jones, University Director of Institution Relations for Greater China, said that the event was especially pertinent in our current climate given the economic, educational and cultural relationship the Hunter Region shares with the world’s second-largest economy.
“This year our event will share the story of China’s new and unprecedented ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, which is a kind of re-imagining of the legendary Silk Road. What is incredible about this audacious undertaking is that it is set to generate $US1 trillion worth of projects and will involve 65 countries. Newcastle is incredibly well placed to tap into some of these opportunities, so the 2017 China Week program will explore this exciting development strategy and how it will influence our region.”
As one of the most fascinating countries in the world, China presents an exciting modern and traditional cultural experience for everyone in the community and will even bring a sparkle of celebrity to Hamilton at the finale event.
The cultural festival will feature special guest MC and star of SBS award-winning comedy series ‘The Family Law’, Trystan Go. Well-known for his role as a young Benjamin Law, Go has become an important voice for telling Australian-Chinese stories.
“We are delighted to have such a relevant and exciting young star joining the festival this year,” said Ms Jones.
The event is made possible due to the continued support of major sponsors Newcastle City Council, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Port of Newcastle and Port Waratah Coal Services. This demonstrates a commitment to celebrating and creating an opportunity-rich future for Newcastle through a strong Australia-China relationship.
Night Noodle Markets 2016
Newcastle China Week will include the following four events:
Business Networking Event | Thursday 12th October.
Expand your horizons into global markets with UON Global and the Hunter Young Professionals. This event will shift your perspective out from Newcastle to cross international borders with speakers who have successfully launched products overseas, contributed to trade and investment promotion, and managed hundreds of staff across multiple markets and cultures. You will also have an opportunity to network with members from the Hunter Young Professionals and UON Global students.
Business Forum | Friday 13th October.
Do you want to discover what China’s 'Belt and Road Initiative' means for our region’s business community? Learn more about this unprecedented economic undertaking with presentations from academics and business leaders on trade development, investment opportunities, tourism growth and the enhancement of economic ties between Newcastle and China.
Night Noodle Market | Saturday 14th October.
Take your taste buds on a journey through the Orient and beyond. Meet friends at dining tables under the starry marquee, or bring a picnic rug so you can kick back at beautiful Gregson Park and enjoy the night's entertainment of music, dance and illuminated sights.
Cultural Festival | Sunday 15th October.
Celebrations will conclude with a supersized festival, crossing countries, continents and cultures in Gregson Park, Hamilton. Hosted by special guest MC, SBS TV’s Trystan Go.
This immersive, colourful and vibrant day out will include something for the whole family, with cooking demonstrations, tea ceremonies, karaoke, costume dress ups, pop-up markets, exciting entertainment and mouthwatering dining options. We welcome back Jin Wu Koon’s impressive freestyle lion dance on poles. In these performances, the lion jumps on poles up to 3 metres high and over distances up to 2 metres in length and is a spectacle not to be missed.
"The Hunter Region's economic and cultural ties with China will only continue to grow, so it is important for us to learn more about this proud, ancient and increasingly innovative country,” said Ms Jones. “We invite you to join us for what will be a lively and captivating program of events, with something to appeal to the whole family."
For up to date details on Newcastle China Week activities, including links to purchase tickets, please visit www.facebook.com/newcastlechinaweek.
Pictured top: Trystan Go - image credit SBS