Lunar New Year Festival

Haileybury’s Lunar Festival returned to Keysborough in February, bigger and better than ever.

The biennial event celebrated the Year of the Pig, transforming our Keysborough campus into a vibrant street market. This was the third time Haileybury’s community had come together to produce this cultural event; and the largest so far, with more than 4,000 guests.

With a huge variety of entertainment, street vendors, rides and refreshments, there certainly was something for everyone.

Instead of cars and buses, the School’s main driveway was filled with food trucks and drink stations with everything from Asian-inspired meals to bubble tea and even twisty potatoes.

The Street Market featured all sorts of activities for children and families to enjoy together, including face painting, balloon animal making and craft workshops.

Our Language teachers and international students taught guests about the art of origami and straw ink painting and made their own coolie hats. The craft workshops provided a great opportunity to share the Haileybury community’s unique cultures and talents.

The main stage showcased a range of traditional Asian highlights such as Taekwondo, Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Bollywood. Our Music staff and students also joined the line-up, performing classic hits for the packed audience on the lawn.

Haileybury was lucky enough to have one of its own, Khanh Ong (OH 2009) join the festivities and present a cooking demonstration. Khanh, an accomplished chef known for his work on MasterChef Australia, took to the stage and made his fried wontons with the help of some very excited student volunteers.

It was wonderful to see past and present Haileyburians come together and celebrate.

One of the highlights was the return of the Lion Dancers, who wowed audiences with their colourful costumes and amazing choreography. The evening closed with an incredible performance by the Chinese Drummers, capturing the spirit of the festival.

Haileybury would like to thank all who were involved in this special event and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the next Lunar Festival in 2021.