Tradition strutting in on Campsie Catwalk

ADORNED with spring parrot green, emperor yellow, bright red and shimmering gold, the Yunnan Arts Troupe members are gearing up for their showcase ‘Campsie Catwalk’ as part of the Campsie Lantern Festival later this month.

Traditional Chinese outfits are a window into the vibrant tapestry of their culture and have been meticulously crafted, with every detail carefully considered – from the choice of fabric, to the intricate embroidery, each element within a traditional Chinese outfit has a purpose and carries symbolic meaning.
Yunnan Arts Troupe Director Bo Yang said they had been performing in Sydney for the last eight years, highlighting the different cultures of Yunnan province’s diverse ethnic minorities.
“The performances will showcase the music, costumes and dance moves of the Dai, Bai, Hani, Yi, Miao and Hui minority groups, as well as traditional Han dance and acoustic instrumental pieces,” he said.
Back in Bankstown by popular demand from last year, Bo said his performers couldn’t wait to share in the Lunar New Year celebrations at the Lantern Festival.
“The showcase will be a colourful feast for the eyes and we invite all to help us celebrate the biggest holiday in Asian culture,” he said.
Bringing an end to the Lunar New Year celebrations, the festival will be held in Anzac Mall and Anzac Park, Campsie, on Saturday, February 24, 5-9.30pm, and include Asian cuisines, spectacular entertainment, including Campsie Catwalk at 7.10pm and 8.10pm, and free kids activities.
Mayor Bilal El-Hayek said the Campsie Lantern Festival was a special way to conclude the City’s Lunar New Year celebrations.
“I encourage everyone to come along and celebrate our wonderful Asian community,” Mayor El-Hayek said.
“There’ll be plenty of delicious food, culture entertainment and free activities for the little ones.
“You won’t want to miss the Campsie Catwalk, showcasing traditional Chinese clothing and lanterns, and of course the colourful lion dances.”