Entertainment

'The Circle' Season 2 Trailer Brings Back Netflix's Best Reality Show

Lance Bass will join the Circle this season?

After a year of staying inside, the one show that is actually the perfect thing to watch when you’re cooped up inside for long periods of time with nowhere to go is FINALLY coming back. That’s right: Netflix’s reality show The Circle, where a bunch of people live in aggressively colourful rooms and communicate with each other over social media, trying to become the most popular member of the group to win the prize, is coming back for Season 2, which introduces a new Circle cast and not one, but two very familiar faces.

For the uninitiated, The Circle takes place entirely inside one building, with the contestants confined to their apartments aside from certain periods of time when they’re allowed into different spots on the premises. The whole point is that no one has any contact with anyone else aside from what they post on their social media app the Circle, accessed via talking to their TVs, with which they can post photos of themselves and talk over text chat with fellow contestants. The whole purpose is to expertly curate how you come across on social media, which means being very savvy about which photos you post, who you make alliances with, and, sometimes, pretending to be a completely different person.

“Aim of the game is to be populahh,” as Essex-born Chloe, a former contestant on Netflix’s other reality show Too Hot to Handle, succinctly puts it. And Chloe’s not the only familiar face popping up on The Circle to cause chaos: N*SYNC’s Lance Bass has joined the party too???? We sure hope this isn’t a catfish…

The Circle drops its first four episodes on Netflix on April 14, with new episodes out Wednesdays.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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