If you’ve ever wanted to paddle a dragonboat then the opportunity has arrived.
UTAS Accommodation Services is joining forces with Dragon Boating Tasmania to celebrate the 2012 Year of the Dragon with a special free event on the Derwent River, Hobart, for UTAS students, staff, community and the public.
With the 2012 Chinese New Year beginning on January 23, UTAS has taken the opportunity to celebrate its international community and connections with fun and flair.
The event, to be held on Saturday, February 18, includes cultural song and dance performances, interactive activities, and the opportunity to race a dragonboat (a change of dry clothes is recommended) with the assistance of Dragon Boat Tasmania and the Derwent Sailing Squadron.
There will also be:
- A Buddhist blessing of the boats and Lion Dance
- Peacock dancing by Jiangzhou Nie
- Singing by Na Luo
- Face Painting
- Chinese music traditional music instruments.
- Malaysian wedding ceremony booths, showcasing the traditional Malay, Chinese and Indian weddings
Accommodation Services Customer Services Officer Haotian Luo said that everyone is invited to bring a picnic and experience the colour and excitement.
“This is a real multi-cultural event and a great opportunity for new and returning students to get together at the start of the semester.
“UTAS is attracting more and more students from these countries and together we can all enjoy this special event.”
What: 2012 Lunar New Year of the Dragon Celebration
Where: Derwent Sailing Squadron, Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay
When: 9am-12 noon, Saturday, February 18
Cost: Free event. Bring a picnic.
Bad weather: This event is subject to weather. For cancellations check: www.accommodation.utas.edu.au (new and announcements).