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101: Chinese New Year

Tuesday 5 February 2019, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

$15.00 – $20.00

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We welcome you to the first of our ‘Subject 101’ sessions! Designed to be quick fire and fun with experts exploring broad aspects of subject as an introduction to it. For our first session we’ll be looking at Chinese New Year and the culture, art and history around it. 

Many of us enjoy the food, lanterns and entertainment that accompany Chinese New Year, but have you ever wondered where the celebrations originated? How the culture around it developed? what the art used for it is based on? Our guest speakers, including Te Papa hosts and Chinese museum interns from Xi’an, will explore these questions in an open and fun setting. We’ll also be joined by Yiyan Wang, lecturer at Victoria University who will cover the history and traditions of the festival, members of the Confucius Institute who will look at its contemporary culture and Linda from Wellington’s Chinese New Year festival will look at how we enjoy it here in New Zealand. Each person will speak for roughly 10 minutes and will cover different areas relating to the amazing celebrations around Chinese New Year. Gain a new appreciation for this wonderful time of year and enjoy a glass of your choice of drink and nibbles.

We’ve coordinated this event with Te Papa to align with their late night opening of the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, this is a separate event held by Te Papa, tickets available here (Friends members tickets are only $35).


Subject 101 sessions are designed to be quick fire and fun with experts exploring broad aspects of subject as an introduction to it.

Includes refreshments and free parking


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Tuesday 5 February 2019
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
$15.00 – $20.00
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Mahuki, Level 2, Te Papa
55 Cable Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
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Friends of Te Papa
(04) 381 7051