Past Event25 Feb 2024

Lunar New Year in the Square

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Aotea Square

Special Events

Bring the whole whānau down and be immersed in the vibrant pulse of pan-Asian communities as they come alive to celebrate new beginnings at Lunar New Year in the Square

Experience the electrifying energy of street dance crews going toe-to-toe in an epic battle. Let your taste buds dance too, as you indulge in mouthwatering delights from a selection of food trucks. Get hands-on at craft workshops that promise to unleash your creative spirit.

But that's not all – strut your stuff for a chance to win the coveted prize for the best dressed New Year outfit. And for those who harbour dreams of being the next karaoke sensation, step up to the mic and belt out your favourite tunes in the Karaoke competition – get ready to sing your heart out as if the entire world is cheering you on!


See full schedule below for Lion & Dragon dancers, live music, dance battles, karaoke competitions, crafts and more! 


Part of the Auckland Central Lunar New Year celebrations.

For more information about the BNZ Auckalnd Lantern Festival in Manukau, click here

Image: Mick Haupt


Main Stage

10am-10.15am: Welcome

10:15am-10.45am: Rob Thorne Mihi & Taonga Pūoro Intro | Lion & Dragon Dances

10:45am-12.15pm: Karaoke Quarter Finals

12.30pm-1.30pm: Sam Look Cooks Modern Chinese with David Correos

1.45pm-2.45pm: Karaoke Semi Finals

4pm-4.45pm: Karaoke Finals

5pm-5.30pm: Live Music – Laurence Larson 罗艺恒

5.30pm-6pm: Live Music  - InkFan

6pm-7pm: Live Music – Ersha Island 二沙岛

Corner Stage

11am-12pm: Karaoke Wildcard 3-way Battle #1

12.15pm-12.25pm: Standup Comedy - Jenni Chan 

12.45pm-1.15pm: Live Music – Workplace Romance

1.30pm-2.30pm: Karaoke Wildcard 3-way Battle #2

5.45pm-3.55pm: Standup Comedy - Jenni Chan

Greys Ave*

12.30pm-3.30pm: Pop, Lock & Break-it Street Dance Battles by Street Talk NZ

3.30pm-6pm: Dance Battle Prizes

6pm-5pm: Dance Open Floor Jam


*The lane between the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square

All Day Activities

  • Mahjong, Xiangqi, Shogi, Jian Zi, Go and more games 
  • Facepainting 
  • Crafts – paper lantern painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, paper fan making, Chinese knot making, dragon puppet making and more
  • Karaoke open mic
  • Cultural books and readings
  • Silent Disco
  • Peace Post public art installation
  • The Mooncake and the Kūmara by Mei-Lin Hansen: A Retrospective

Mark your diary for these free events!

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