24 February 2015

HakkaWA at the Perth Chinese New Year Fair

This year our Association again put up a stall at the 2015 Perth Chinese New Year Fair 珀斯2015华人新年文化节at James Street in Northbridge, to promote Hakka culture & history.

The Fair ran from 11am to 9pm on Sunday 22 February 2015 but we were up and running from 9.30am and left at dusk.

This year the most noticeable feature was the first public performance of the Kilin anywhere in Australia. HakkaWA created history again!

Our HakkaWA Kilin Troupe 西澳客家公会麒麟团performed with two Lion Dance Troupe from Yarn Yee Tong 仁义堂and from Choy Li Fut 蔡李佛 all the way down James St from Mountain Terrace to Nicks Lane, towards Chinatown, then from Roe St to Lake St. The curious crowd was clearly impressed!

Xiao Ye 小叶performed Calligraphy and Chinese painting, which drew good crowds every year.

The Kilin was put on exhibition, and the Kilin instruments were played, at the Stall. This attracted a lot of enquiries about this curious mystical creature.

As in previous years, the stall was a big success, thanks to all the members who volunteered any number of hours of time possible. It was also fun for us members to mingle during the Chinese New Year period.

Volunteering members include Xiao Ye, Norman Chia, Ricky Chia, Isabelle Cham, James Chong, Chong Fah, Dr YS Yow, Peter Kwan and Family, Gian & Alison Wong, Lina Loo & Elia. Many members also dropped by to say Giong Hee Fatt Choy!

Joining as new members on the spot.

We wish to thank the Chung Wah Association for providing the following photos to us at HakkaWA: