The first Perth-wide Chung Wah Cultural Festival will take place next week and it promises to present the best of Chinese culture.
This festival is organised by the Chung Wah Association and will run from Sunday May 12 to Saturday May 18 in Burswood Park.
Both the Swan River and Perth City will showcase traditional Chinese decorations for the entire week.
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Tourism and Small Business Minister Paul Papalia said he was excited to announce the launch of the festival.
“The Perth Chung Wah Cultural Festival, the first of a series of events, which will promote social, cultural and economic contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse communities and attract international and interstate visitors to support our local jobs and economy,” he said.
Chung Wah Chinese School Council secretary chair Sheila Rejek said she hoped the event was would help generate tourism numbers and revenue in WA.
“If proven successful, the event will become an annual feature,” she said.
The Perth Chung What Cutural Festival will feature Chinese food, traditional performances and cultural demonstrations.
The line-up of activities will include kite-flying, making Chinese lanterns and a lion dance.
Dragon boat races, featuring WA’s bests in the sport, will also be included as one of the festival’s events.
The event is free and will take place at Telethon Community Cinemas, Burswood.
During the evenings, the Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival will showcase a vast selection of Chinese cinema’s best films.
A lantern festival and lotus flower ceremony will take place on the last day of the festival, and it will end with fireworks.
Chung Wah is a Chinese community group that was founded in WA in 1909.