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Chinese New Year Extravaganza at SKYCITY

Chinese New Year Extravaganza at SKYCITY


SKYCITY Auckland is the place to celebrate Chinese New Year with the Sky Tower lighting up red and gold from the 12 February - 2 March 2007. A breathtaking acrobatic and martial arts show, musical performances, traditional ceremonies, themed decorations and a Lion Dance will all celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig.

Witness the spectacular Chinese New Year Acrobatic Show at SKYCITY Theatre from Friday 16 - Sunday 25 February, featuring exhilarating displays from 25 of China's best performers from Yin Chuan Acrobatics Troupe and Chinese Martial Art Group.

From 7pm - 8pm every night from Saturday 17 February to Sunday 4 March free entertainment for the whole family will take place in SKYCITY's Atrium, including cultural singing, traditional ceremonies, firecrackers, a Lion Dance and instrumental performances. SKYCITY will be themed with Chinese New Year Decorations from Monday 12 February including a Blossom tree in the Atrium.

SKYCITY Auckland General Manager David Christian says that the celebrations will appeal to young and old.

"SKYCITY is excited to be involved in community events such as Chinese New Year, providing engaging and enriching experiences to our visitors," says David. "The Chinese New Year celebrations will have wide appeal for both Asian and non-Asian audiences alike, and I'm delighted that SKYCITY will play a part in marking the occasion."

Ming Court, SKYCITY's authentic Chinese restaurant, will offer special Chinese New Year menus and a promotion where all diners will receive a special fortune cookie offering the chance to win prizes including dining vouchers, cash prizes, and hotel accommodation at SKYCITY Grand Hotel.

SKYCITY is sponsoring the Auckland Chinese Community Festival at Auckland Showgrounds, Greenlane, on Saturday 3 February, where SKYCITY people will hand out special Fortune Cookies. SKYCITY is also sponsoring and the Chinese Lantern Festival in Albert Park from Friday 2 - Sunday 4 March.

Chinese New Year Acrobatic Show - SKYCITY Theatre from Friday 16 - Sunday 25 February:
VIP$35, Adult $25, Child (under 12) $15, Family (2 adults and 2 children) $69.

Tickets from TICKETEK. Call 09 307 5000. A TICKETEK outlet is situated within the SKYCITY Atrium.

Shows from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 February daily at 7pm and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information check out www.skycityauckland.co.nz.

ENDS

Notes for Editors:

About Chinese New Year

A Piggy Year - Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in pig years tend to have excellent manners, make and keep friends, and appreciate luxury. They are very loving and make loyal partners. Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Hillary Clinton, Mozart, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, David Letterman and Arnold Schwarzenegger were all born in the year of the pig.

Lucky Colour Red - At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolises fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck.

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