We are pretty excited to tell you about this event.
 
The local Rotary Clubs invite you to join in a special event to celebrate Chinese New Year and Light up Newcastle.
 
We invite you to take part in the inaugural Lantern Walk during Chinese New Year on the evening of Saturday 21st February 2015.
 
The Lantern Walk has its origin in this year’s Rotary International theme of “Light up Rotary” and the challenge set by the Rotary International President for 2014/15, to engage in a project that involves the whole of the local community.
 
Rotary Clubs undertake activities to support their local community and the recipient of funds raised from the sale of lanterns at this year’s Light up Newcastle Lantern Walk will be the Newcastle Mission to Seafarers.
 
The Mission assists sailors visiting the Port of Newcastle with a ‘home away from home’ at the Seafarers Centre at Wickham. Currently over 40,000 seafarers, many from China, use the services offered by the Mission each year, with transport to the Centre, shopping, banking, healthcare and social and spiritual support.
The funds raised from sales lanterns will assist with the purchase of a new mini transport bus.
 
The Date
It’s on Saturday 21st February 2015 from 4pm.
 
Lantern Walk
Celebrate Chinese New Year in 2015 with an evening walk carrying Chinese lanterns around the harbour foreshore to Light up Newcastle.
 
Lanterns will be for sale from 4-8pm at harbour side locations.
 
You can buy your lantern at Nobby’s lighthouse and join the dragons on a walk to Honeysuckle that leaves Nobbys at 5.45pm.
 
Or buy a lantern from the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club and walk with the dragons east to Honeysuckle from the Figtree Park at Wickham at 6pm.
 
The lantern walks will converge on the Maritime Centre in Harbour Square at Honeysuckle for a short official ceremony and lion dancing at 7pm.
 
Or you can buy a lantern at one of the stalls along the harbour walk and around the Honeysuckle Precinct.
 
As people walk with lighted lanterns and the sun sets over Newcastle we hope this will form a snake along the water front of Newcastle harbour and “Light up Newcastle”.
 

 
Official Opening Ceremony
A short official ceremony will be held outside the Maritime Centre at 7pm involving dignitaries and sponsors involved in the ‘eye-doting’ ceremony to wake up the Lion dancers to herald in good luck for the New Year.
 
Entertainment & Other Activities
Around the Honeysuckle Precinct you will find Chinese lion dancers, dragons, dancers, musicians, singers, marching bands, choirs and much more to entertain you.
 
A large film screen in will show continuous screening of Chinese films, opera and tourism and information about the international work of Rotary.
 
During the afternoon dragon boat races will be held near the Maritime Centre between 4-6pm. The Fort Scratchley guns will fire at 4pm to mark the start of the dragon boat races.
 
The Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club yachts will sail past between 7-9pm and carry lanterns to form a channel of boats to “Light up Newcastle” from the harbour. The local tugs and ferry will also carry lanterns and the tugs will perform a water ballet.
 
The Fort Scratchley Museum guns will be fire again at 9pm to mark the conclusion of the event with fireworks.
 
Website
Details about the event can be found on the website (www.lightupnewcastle.com.au).
Enquiries about the event or sponsorship can be sent via the website.