HOBARTIANS will paint the town red this week as they ring in the year of the goat.
Tonight the Tasmania Chinese Business Association and the Tasmania Chinese Art and Communication Society will meet at Wrest Point to kickstart festivities with a gala Chinese New Year dinner.
Community association festival chairman James Lee said the visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping last November had created enthusiasm for China among Hobart residents.
“The presidential visit has created a lot of interest and this is our way of saying thank you for all the support,” Mr Lee said.
The year of the goat is said to bring peace and calm.
Hobart’s Wrest Point tower will also be illuminated in red light to mark the occasion and 700 people are expected to attend a concert on Saturday night with traditional Chinese performances.
“It’s fantastic that the Hobart community is really getting into the celebrations,” Wrest Point’s Hannah Martin said.
We’re also holding a range of events like tai chi and mahjong and our executive chef Andre Kropp has overseen the development of Asian-inspired dishes.”
Celebrations will culminate with a free festival on Parliament lawns on Sunday featuring Chinese culture and cuisine, a “panda zone” for the kids and a display by Dragon Boat Tasmania.
A costume parade will showcase clothing of other nations who celebrate Chinese New Year.