Begonia Festival 2013

 

 

 

Welcome to the
Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat
澳中文化社团 - 巴拉瑞特

society launch waking lions

The Society was formed in October 2008 in recognition of the changing needs of the Chinese community in Ballarat. In that time the Society has quickly developed strong relationships with the City of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill and Mt Clear College.

There are over 200 members in the Society with 85% being either Chinese or of Chinese descent with the remainder being Australian. Several are fourth-generation descendants of Chinese migrants to Ballarat in the 1800s while many have only recently come to Ballarat from overseas.

President Michelle Philips is the first non-Chinese president of the association and is also the first female president. Michelle firmly believes that the society is blessed with both its friends and supporters as we all work towards bridging the cultural gap.

At last count, members come from eight different countries and speak at least 12 different languages. The Society conducts weekly Chinese language lessons and strongly supports the Mt Clear Confucius Classroom. Training is also available in Tai Chi, Chinese folk dancing and Chinese Lion dancing.

Chinese New Year Concert 2024

2024 Chinese New Year Concert

The Chinese New Year period kicks off on Friday February 9th (New Years Eve). New Year or Spring Festival is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar with a major focus around getting together with family.

Celebrations for the Year of the Dragon, the fifth year of the twelve year lunar cycle, will run for fifteen days culminating with the Lantern Festival on February 24th. 

This year will see the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat Inc (CACSB Inc) hold our second gala concert on this day, featuring a host of traditional performances showcasing the broad expanse of China and the many individual provinces which all have unique music, dance and cultural practices. 

The most readily recognised Chinese performances will of course be Martial Arts and a Chinese Lion Team. 

The SBS City Ballarat Chinese New Year Celebration Gala Concert will be a FREE event held at Federation University Founders Hall on February 24th from 2pm. (Rather a long title but our sponsors need some recognition).

The event is sponsored by SBS, City of Ballarat and the Victorian Multicultural Commission and proudly presented by the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat with the support of Chinese Performing Arts Development.

When: Saturday 24th February 2024, 2pm- 4.30pm

Where: Founders Hall, Fed Uni: Chancellor Dr, Mount Helen VIC 3350

Tickets: This is a free event but bookings are essential to secure a seat. Visit Trybooking for tickets: trybooking.com/COQIG

2024 Chinese New Year Wishing Card


Chinese Ballarat Year of the Rabbit 2023

Chinese New Year Concert
[January 2023]

Chinese Ballarat Year of the Rabbit 2023

Chinese New Year Concert
[January 2023]

   

Chinese Ballarat Year of the Rabbit 2023

Happy Birds Dancers
[January 2023]

Chinese Ballarat Year of the Rabbit 2023

Chinese New Year Concert
[January 2023]

 

 

Chinese Ballarat Year of the Rabbit 2023

Sovereign Hill
[January 2023]

Chinese Ballarat Year of the Rabbit 2023

AABWA at Ballarat Wildlife Park
[January 2023]

 

 

CACSB dancing group (The Happy Birds)
parade in alternative traditional dress
[February 2017]

Xin Loong proved to be VERY popular
with both children and adults
[February 2017]