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Year of the Dragon - Chinese and Korean New Year Festival 2012

Year of the Dragon at Northcote Town Centre

The Northcote Town Centre celebrated
the Chinese & Korean New Year 
The Year of the Dragon

The Northcote Town Centre celebrated the Chinese & Korean New Year (‘Year of the Dragon’) with a free family celebration on

Friday, 27 January 
5:30pm – 9pm

Saturday, 28 January 2012 
10:00am – 3:00pm.

It was a free community event full of colour, culture and cuisine.  Providing the public with a taste of Asia, and a wide range of Asian entertainment and activities. 

Northcote’s Chinese & Korean New Year Festival features vibrant cultural performances, free children’s activities, and array of Asian cuisine. 

A large stage was set-up near the centre’s town square with performances ranging from music and martial arts to song and dance, from a variety of cultures including Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese.

Hip Hop on stage at Chinese & Korean New Year

Winner of the Air New Zealand Flights to China 2011

Lion Dance at the Chinese & Korean New Year

Just for Lolls Dance Group at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

This event also featured authentic Asian food stalls, free children’s entertainment, and special activities such as fortune telling.

A special photography exhibition was held in the NorthART Community Arts Centre, as part of the festival.  Entitled “Dragon to Dragon,” it showed images from all 12 New Year Festivals that have been held at Northcote from 2000-2012. 

New Year's Song at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Na Zha The Third at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Taiko Drumming at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Opening Chorus at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Getting set for Haiwaiian Hula at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Hat Juggling at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Food Stalls at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Set to Perform at the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

North Harbour Netball


Opening of 'Dragon to Dragon" Photography Exhibition

A big thank you to everyone who attended the Opening of the ‘Dragon to Dragon’ Photography Exhibition last night at the NorthART Community Arts Centre.  It was a great to view photographs from twelve years of Chinese & Korean New Year Festivals in Northcote and to celebrate the start of the “Year of the Dragon”.  Some images from last night’s function are attached below.

The exhibition is open until 31 January, so make sure you take the time to view this Northcote ‘trip down festival lane’.

A big thank you to the Silk Road Chinese Folk Music Band and the Macang Dance Company for their performances last night, and to the speakers – Lindsay Waugh (Chair – Kaipatiki Local Board), Melissa Lee (National MP) and Martin Lawes (Chair – Northcote Mainstreet).

As the speakers mentioned it was wonderful to commemorate and celebrate twelve years of Chinese & Korean New Year Festivals in Northcote.  There were many people and organisations who attended last night’s function who have helped make the festivals successful events since the year 2000.

The exhibition looks great - so a huge thanks to Wendy Harsant and the team at NorthART for displaying the 70 photographs and for hosting the Opening Function last night.

Thanks also to Gabor Bagosi who has been the photographer at Northcote events for the past ten years, and for bringing his camera again last night.

Opening of

 We look forward to another great Chinese & Korean New Year Festival in Northcote this Friday night and Saturday. 

 Key Details

Event:                   Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

 Date:                     Friday, 27 January and Saturday, 28 January 2012

 Place:                    Northcote Town Centre

 Time:                     Friday, 27 January            5:30pm - 9pm

                                Saturday, 28 January      10am – 3pm


Moon Festival 2011

The Moon Festival was celebrated in style at the Northcote Town Centre on the 10th of September.  Several thousand people attended the festival enjoying the wide range of free activities and entertainment on offer.

It was the second time that the Moon Festival has been celebrated in Northcote, with the large crowds ensuring that it will become an annual fixture in the centre.

Cultural performances on stage ranged from Chinese dance to Korean fan dance, Pacific Island drumming,  Taiwanese dance and Taiji.  The event also featured Asian food stalls and free children’s entertainment.
Moon Festival 2011 Photos


Chinese & Korean New Year Festival 2011

Hat Juggling

Our recent Chinese & Korean New Year Festival attracted crowds of over 7500 people to the Northcote Town Centre for the festival on Friday, 4 February and Saturday, 5 February.

The Friday night programme featured a variety of groups on the main stage.  There was a strong focus on youth performance with promising North Shore band – “The Hangar” kicking off the show, and four hip-hop groups from all over Auckland keeping crowds entertained with high energy performances.

There was also some traditional performances such as Taiwanese Dance from the Macang Dance Company, Korean Fan Dance from the Korean Traditional Music & Cultural Group, Taiko Drumming from Haere Mail Taiko, and Haiwaiian Hula from the colourful Halau Hula O Kahelelani.
Fan Dancing Taiko Drumming Crowds watching the performers at Northcote's Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Female Chorus

Saturday saw the Northcote Town Centre, which has been dubbed Auckland’s Centre of Culture, come alive with colour, culture and Asian cuisine.
 
The main stage was once again in full swing with a variety of Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Nepalese and Japanese cultural performances.  Highlights on stage included a spectacular Chinese Acrobat Show from Flaming Phoenix Entertainment, performances from the North Shore Chinese Society, spectacular Tae Kwon Do from the Se Jong Demonstration Team, dance from the Macang Dance Company, and the Lion Dance from the EPACS Dragon & Lion Dance Team.

There was variety of food stalls and activity areas spread throughout the Northcote Town Centre.  Two popular marquees were the Auckland Council Kidszone which featured free face painting and balloon sculpture, and Air NZ who were promoting their services between NZ and China, and giving the opportunity to win return flights to China.

A competition took place in the Northcote Town Centre in the lead up to the festival which gave shoppers the chance to enter a draw for a return trip for two to China.  The winner had to be present at the festival for the midday draw, with Mrs R. So the lucky recipient.

Air New Zealand trip for two to China winner Mrs. R So with Air NZ General Manager Scott Carr

Other highlights at Northcote’s Chinese & Korean New Year Festival were an exhibition on the life of New Zealander Rewi Alley, and a ‘have a go” sports area.

The Rewi Alley Exhibition was put on by the North Shore Chinese Society in the NorthART Community Arts Centre.  It documented the life of Rewi Alley, one of the most famous European people in China.  He was a prolific writer about 20th century China, and established many technical training schools there.

Hip hop on Stage

The “have a go” was set up by Harbour Sport in Northcote’s Norman King Square.  It featured six sports, giving festival patrons a chance to try their hand at badminton, golf, netball, petanque, rhythmic gymnastics and tennis.  The area proved extremely popular with hundreds of people enjoying the sports on offer.

Norman King Square was entertained throughout Saturday by the Chinese Folk Band – Silk Road, and featured a pre-school activity area, hosted by the Birkenhead Northcote Community Facilities Trust.

This was the twelfth Chinese & Korean New Year Festival held in the Northcote Town Centre, with next year an extra special one, being the “Year of the Dragon”

Special thanks for making this Chinese & Korean New Year Festival possible goes to the businesses in the Northcote Town Centre, Auckland Council, Creative Communities NZ and Air NZ.

Na Zha The Third Prince

Huge Crowds for Chinese & Korean New Year Festival in Northcote


The Northcote Town Centre hosted crowds of over 7500 people for the Chinese & Korean New Year Festival last Friday night and Saturday.

The “Year of the Rabbit” was celebrated in style at the Northcote centre with a Friday night of entertainment, and a Saturday programme which featured an array of activities, entertainment and amusements.


The Friday night programme featured a variety of groups on the main stage.  There was a strong focus on youth performance with promising North Shore band – “The Hangar” kicking off the show, and four hip-hop groups from all over Auckland keeping crowds entertained with high energy performances. 

There was also some traditional performances such as Taiwanese Dance from the Macang Dance Company, Korean Fan Dance from the Korean Traditional Music & Cultural Group, Taiko Drumming from Haere Mail Taiko, and Haiwaiian Hula from the colourful Halau Hula O Kahelelani.
Na Zha - The Third Prince
Saturday saw the Northcote Town Centre, which has been dubbed Auckland’s Centre of Culture, come alive with colour, culture and Asian cuisine.

Hat Juggling
The main stage was once again in full swing with a variety of Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Nepalese and Japanese cultural performances.  Highlights on stage included a spectacular Chinese Acrobat Show from Flaming Phoenix Entertainment, performances from the North Shore Chinese Society, spectacular Tae Kwon Do from the Se Jong Demonstration Team, dance from the Macang Dance Company, and the Lion Dance from the EPACS Dragon & Lion Dance Team.

There was variety of food stalls and activity areas spread throughout the Northcote Town Centre.  Two extremely popular marquees were the Auckland Council Kidszone which featured free face painting and balloon sculpture, and Air NZ who were promoting their services between NZ and China, and giving the opportunity to win return flights to China.

A competition took place in the Northcote Town Centre in the lead up to the festival which gave shoppers the chance to enter a draw for a return trip for two to China.  The winner had to be present at the festival for the midday draw, with Mrs R. So the lucky recipient.

Other highlights at Northcote’s Chinese & Korean New Year Festival were an exhibition on the life of New Zealander Rewi Alley, and a ‘have a go” sports area.

The Rewi Alley Exhibition was put on by the North Shore Chinese Society in the NorthART Community Arts Centre.  It documented the life of Rewi Alley, one of the most famous European people in China.  He was a prolific writer about 20th century China, and established many technical training schools there.

The “have a go” was set up by Harbour Sport in Northcote’s Norman King Square.  It featured six sports, giving festival patrons a chance to try their hand at badminton, golf, netball, petanque, rhythmic gymnastics and tennis.  The area proved extremely popular with hundreds of people enjoying the sports on offer.

Norman King Square was entertained throughout Saturday by the Chinese Folk Band – Silk Road, and featured a pre-school activity area, hosted by the Birkenhead Northcote Community Facilities Trust.

This was the twelfth Chinese & Korean New Year Festival held in the Northcote Town Centre, with next year an extra special one, being the “Year of the Dragon”

Special thanks for making this Chinese & Korean New Year Festival possible goes to the businesses in the  Northcote Town Centre, Auckland Council, Creative Communities NZ and Air NZ.

Moon Festival 2010

Macang Dance Company at Northcote Town Centre

The Moon Festival was celebrated in style at the Northcote Town Centre in late September.  Several thousand people attended the two day festival, enjoying the wide range of free activities and entertainment on offer.
Halau Hula O Kahelelani at Northcote Town Centre
It was the first time that the Moon Festival has been celebrated in Northcote, with the large crowds ensuring that it will become an annual fixture on the Northcote calendar.  Cultural performances on stage ranged from Chinese dance to Korean drumming, Hawaiian hula, Taiwanese dance, martial arts and Nepalese dancers. The event also featured Asian food stalls, a host of free children’s entertainment and special giveaways.

Samulnori - KTMC at Northcote Town Centre

Here are some images from the 2010 Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Images from 2010 Chinese & Korean New Year Festival

Northcote Shopping Centre Celebrates

The recent festival held in the Northcote Town Centre to celebrate “60th Anniversary of China’s National Day” and the “Moon Festival” was a tremendous success in terms of the diverse crowds it attracted, entertainment it provided and media coverage it garnered.

Chinese Consul-General Madam Liao following the Lion Dance

Chinese Consul-General Madam Liao following the Lion Dance

60th Anniversary of China’s National Day / Moon Festival

60th Anniversary of China’s National Day / Moon Festival

Food Hygiene Course

Northcote Mainstreet has worked hard on having outstanding food hygiene standards in the Northcote Town Centre. Most businesses in the centre now have an A or B food hygiene rating.

A food hygiene course was run in the Centre with outstanding results being achieved. Four Northcote business-people achieved over 95% in the course exam which is outstanding.
 

Martin Lawes & David Ryan presenting Food Hygiene Certificates.  

Real Art Roadshow

The ‘Real Art Roadshow’ came to Northcote in July. This mobile art collection has been touring the country, and received an excellent response in Northcote. It was a good attraction in the last school holidays, and we will continue to work to get future roadshows into the Northcote Town Centre.
 
 



Chinese & Korean New Year Festival


The Northcote Shopping Centre celebrates the Chinese & Korean New Year (‘Year of the Ox’) with a free family celebration on Saturday, 31 January 09 from 10:00am – 2:30pm.

   


Northcote’s Chinese & Korean New Year Festival is a free community event of colour, culture and cuisine.  It features an array of cultural performances including traditional dance, taiko drumming, spectacular martial arts and singing.

 

 


The event also features authentic Asian food stalls, an art exhibition, a host of free children’s entertainment, and special activities such as traditional Chinese fortune telling.


 


Northcote

     
A successful Northcote Fiesta was staged in the centre on Saturday, 1 November.  There were good crowds of people in the centre enjoying the entertainment from various cultural groups and local schools, and the fund-raising stalls organised by the Rotary Club of Northcote.  The Northcote Fiesta, proved to be a great occasion for the Northcote Shopping Centre, and community in general, as can be seen from these images.

  
Crowds at the Northcote Fiesta


Jonathan Coleman’s team help him get re-elected as Northcote’s MP


Children at Play


Korean Traditional Music & Cultural Group


Drums of the Pacific in war cry


Bayview School students get set to perform




 

 

North Shore City Beijing Olympics
The recent “North Shore City Beijing Olympics Live” was a tremendous success in terms of the diverse crowds that it drew in, entertainment it provided and media coverage it attracted.
Key to the success of the “live site” were the various special events held in the Northcote Shopping Centre each weekend.  The Opening Event in particular attracted several thousand people, and provided a great start to the promotion.

An estimated audience of 70,000 attended the “live site” during its 16 day duration.  The audience was varied, with people from all ages, from various parts of the North Shore and the wider Auckland region coming into the centre for the coverage and associated events.

One of the highlights of the promotion was seeing a large crowd of people from diverse backgrounds in the Northcote Shopping Centre from 12midnight – 4am watching the ‘Opening Ceremony’ live from Beijing.

The promotion garnered a significant amount of media coverage including “live crosses” on Breakfast and the TV3 News, a feature story on the TV One News, and a feature on Asia Downunder.
“North Shore City Beijing Olympics Live” was certainly a large undertaking and could not have been done without the financial support of North Shore City Council and The Lion Foundation.

We had visits from representatives from both Auckland and Manukau City Councils during “North Shore City Beijing Olympics Live,”complimenting Northcote Mainstreet on the professionalism of the set-up, and the ideal location that the Northcote Shopping Centre provided for a “live site”.

This newsletter features some photographs from the “live site” and some of the media coverage from the promotion.

We can now look forward to a summer of entertainment and events in the Centre, starting with the Northcote Fiesta on Saturday, 1 November.


Media Coverage
The North Shore City Beijing Olympics “live site” garnered excellent media coverage.  Some of the media stories that focussed on ‘North Shore City Beijing Olympics Live’ are as follows –

•    North Shore Times (Thursday, 31 July) story entitled “Watch the Olympics on a very big screen”

•    Chinese Herald (Thursday, 7 August)  front page feature story.

•    Breakfast (Friday, 8 August)  six live crosses from the Northcote Shopping Centre previewing North Shore City Beijing Olympics Live with segments on performance groups taking part in the event.
•    ONE News (Friday, 8 August) a story from the Opening Night event featuring cultural performances and crowds at the event.

•    TV3 News (Friday, 8 August) a live cross on the TV3 News, featuring the Olympics Mascots and cultural performances on stage.

•    WTV (Sunday, 10 August) a feature story on the Sunday, 10 August event featuring the Mascots and Chinese performing groups.

•    Asia Downunder (Sunday, 17 August) a six minute feature on the Opening Night of the event which featured cultural performances and interviews.

•    North Shore Times (Tuesday, 19 August) half page story entitled “Olympics Games on our doorstep” on the event.




 

 


 

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