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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation


Having been named official charity partner of Chinese New Year for the second year running, we’re delighted to announce that throughout the Festival in Sydney, we’ll be taking over Pitt Street Mall with a series of free events and activities.

These will include a huge art installation of hanging purple Royal Roosters, a Guinness World Records dumpling eating title attempt, and Movies in the Mall with a unique screening of Disney’s Mulan. 

As well as giving visitors yet another reason to visit Sydney during the incredible celebrations, our activity in Pitt Street Mall will provide a unique opportunity to engage with Cure Brain Cancer, raising vital awareness and funds that will go towards our mission of increasing five-year brain cancer survival to 50 per cent by 2023.

Our CEO, Sean Leong said, “We are hugely honoured to once again be chosen as the official charity partner for the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. This year we are pulling out all the stops to ensure we have an unmissable presence throughout the festival and we are grateful to our friends and partners across Sydney that have made these celebrations possible. Every piece of activity that takes place will raise much needed awareness and funds for vital brain cancer research.”

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation will be an unmissable addition to this year’s Festival, and a full rundown of the free events that we’ll be hosting can be found below. 

2 February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm: The Australian National Dumpling Eating Championship 

We’ll be partnering with dumpling experts Din Tai Fung and attempting to break the official Guinness World Records title for the most number of dumplings consumed in two minutes at Pitt Street Mall. The current record stands at 18, and competitiveeating.com.au competitors will attempt to crack it, alongside MC and former Masterchef favourite Jimmy Wong.


3 February, 6.30pm: Movies in the Mall – Mulan screening

The following day we will host a unique screening of Disney epic Mulan in the Mall. Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Noodle boxes and other delicious snacks will be available to purchase from New Shanghai throughout the screening.

8 February, 8.15am: Sunrise yoga with Lola Berry

Yoga sensation Lola Berry will host a yoga session with a difference, under our iconic Royal Roosters. Lola is known around the world for her unique approach to yoga, and this class will be suitable for yoga practitioners of all abilities. Just bring your yoga mat and Lola will help with the rest.

8 February, 12 noon: Lunchtime workout with the Waratahs

Join our ambassador and Waratahs favourite David Horwitz alongside a number of his teammates for a short workout in the mall over your lunch hour. The Tahs will put you through your paces while outlining fitness tips and basic exercises to help keep those New Year’s resolutions. 


9 February, 4pm – 9pm: Brainlight art installation 

Artist Laura Hindes will be installing her incredible Brainlight artwork in the Mall. Brainlight is a unique sensory entertainment experience that turns your brainwaves into art, mimicking each individual’s brainwaves on a lifelike cranium. You can drop in at any time to create your own Brainlight artworks. 

Throughout the festival: Royal Roosters and Cock-tail Hour

The spectacular Royal Rooster lanterns in Pitt Street Mall will turn purple instead of the traditional red throughout the Festival, raising awareness for brain cancer and ensuring Cure Brain Cancer is unmissable during the celebrations.

Across the city, more than 20 bars and restaurants have embraced the spirit of Chinese New Year and will offer special menu items, with all proceeds going directly to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Participating venues include; Quay Bar in Circular Quay, Doris and Beryl’s Bridge Club & Tea House in Newtown, Town Hall Hotel in Balmain and Since I Left You in the CBD.

For full details on how to sign up for each event and locations of participating cock-tail hour venues go to curebraincancer.org.au/cny.

For more details about our CNY events