Racegoers Welcome Year Of The Monkey

03 February 2016

This year’s Chinese New Year celebrations are kicking off with a bang at a new and exciting Chinese New Year themed racing event at the Moonee Valley Racing Club.

Welcoming the Year of the Monkey, the event’s festivities on Friday 5 February offer a range of on-course entertainment and activities including flamethrowers, traditional and modern dance, and live music.

The event combines Chinese culture and food and will also feature a traditional dragon ceremony and fireworks display to culminate the night’s festivities.

The club is giving away lucky red packets as well as a thousand racebooks, available in English and Chinese and free showbags for the kids.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the event with more than $57,000, courtesy of the Victorian Racing Industry Fund’s (VRIF) Raceday Attraction Program. Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) is also contributing $66,000 towards the event.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“This event is a fantastic way to showcase Chinese culture and help bring in the Chinese New Year, while enjoying the great racing action on the track.”

“I encourage everyone to get along and enjoy a night of vibrant celebrations, including dragon dancing and entertainment for all ages.”

Quotes attributable to Moonee Valley Racing Club CEO Michael Browell

“We thank the Victorian Government for its support in helping us put on this event celebrating the Chinese New Year.”

“This funding enables us to coordinate a full night of Chinese-themed entertainment, which we intend to build on in the coming years to encourage new people to come and experience all the fun and excitement that racing at Moonee Valley has to offer.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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