Chinese New Year celebrations in Melbourne

I purchased a Fuji x-pro 2 recently (i’ll get around to doing a review on that soon), I’ve used it already on a few assignments but yet to give a good shakedown for my street photography. This Sunday following white night (check the pics from that here) I thought I may as well head into the city and see what the Fuji X-pro 2 can do on the streets.
I went to Queen Victoria Market, to begin with as I was feeling a bit peckish, fortunately for me, there was a Chinese New Year celebration festival. Faced with the dilemma of eating or taking photos I choose to do both.

Later on in the day, I ventured back into the CBD (for more eating) cutting through the laneways back to my car I heard a very loud drum beating, at first I thought it was construction workers only to figure the rhythm was far too intricate, I headed towards the beat.

Stopping traffic literally in the small laneway of Little Lonsdale street was a lion dance troupe. Excited onlookers came around the troupe as the one-way traffic was literally blocked off by a dragon.

Here are a few pics of my fun Sunday out taken for Lonely Planet / Getty

 

Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: A man dressed in a costume as a caricature of a Chinese man makes an gesture as he puts his hands on his head as a lion dance (often mistaken as dragon dance by Westerners) troupe perform to a crowd on the road during a impromptu Chinese New Year celebration cultural event taking place on Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne CBD.

Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: A group of Chinese women wearing red costumes holding black and purple hand fans get ready to perform a traditional dance during 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations at the Queen Victoria Market. The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, every weekend the market features multicultural events focusing a cultural performance and street food and cusine
Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: Shadows on the ground of a group of Chinese women wearing red costumes holding black and purple hand fans performing a traditional dance during 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations at the Queen Victoria Market. The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, every weekend the market features multicultural events focusing a cultural performance and street food and cusine
Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: A group of Chinese men control traffic on the road as a lion dance (often mistaken as dragon dance by Westerners) troupe perform to a crowd on the road during a impromptu Chinese New Year celebration cultural event taking place on Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne CBD.
Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: A man dressed in a costume as a caricature of a Chinese man looks on as a lion dance (often mistaken as dragon dance by Westerners) troupe perform to a crowd on the road during a impromptu Chinese New Year celebration cultural event taking place on Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne CBD.
Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: Members of the troupe close their eyes, covering their ears and duck for cover as fire crackers blow up as a lions (often believed to be dragons) jumps in the air as fire crackers are let off creating a large plume of smoke during a lion dance (often mistaken as dragon dance by Westerners) troupe perform to a crowd on the road during a impromptu Chinese New Year celebration cultural event taking place on Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne CBD.

Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: Chinese men wearing traditional white chinese costume holding large red chinese lanters get ready to perform as a mother and child wait to watch the performance during 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations at the Queen Victoria Market. The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, every weekend the market features multicultural events focusing a cultural performance and street food and cusine
Melbourne, Australia – February 18 2018: Two groups of Chinese dancers wearing colourful traditional costumes, some holding pink umbrellas get ready to pose for a photo before conducting a cultural performance during 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations at the Queen Victoria Market. The Queen Victoria Market is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, every weekend the market features multicultural events focusing a cultural performance and street food and cusine

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