16 Nov Immerse yourself in Chinese tea tradition at Darling Harbour
In a unique three-day festival celebrating Chinese culture, arts and the economy, the Australian Chinese Cultural Festival and Tea Exhibition will take place November 23-25, 2018 at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC) in Darling Harbour.
The annual festival first took place in Sydney in 2014, when President Xi Jinping visited Australia for the G20 summit, and since then, the event has grown to see thousands of people walk through the events to gain greater insight into the Chinese culture.
A representative from the Chinese Cultural Festival and Tea Expo said the event’s focus is to showcase China and its people to Australia through an innovative exchange of arts, culture and business.
Australia already has a great Chinese community and we want to share our culture with this multicultural and diverse community.
“The whole event was started to bring the Chinese culture to the Australian community and to exchange this culture,” the representative explained.
There were over 1.2 million people of Chinese heritage living in Australia in 2016 and experts predict this number will reach over 2.2 million by 2021.
Having run since 2011, the Tea Expo also plays a huge role in this November event, and 2018 presents the largest number of tea companies and tea organisations from China and Australia exhibiting their premium teas to the Australian community across the three days.
Festival-goers will have the chance to taste the various teas from the countries, as well as experience traditional tea ceremonies from China and Japan and plus more.
“Tea is an important part of everyday life in China, and many people have been drinking it since childhood,” the rep said.
We’ve got almost 5000 years of tea culture in China and throughout history; tea has played an important role in terms of economy and shaping the world.
“It has started wars and it has brought people together, so it’s one of the biggest things we could bring to Australia.”
The Australia Chinese Cultural Festival will also feature various other cultural performances, as well as feature works by painters and photographers, a Chinese liquor exhibition, and a finance pavilion.