Entertainment

Australia’s Largest Ever Sober Dance Festival Is Back

With taking a break from the booze and non-alcoholic beverages at an all-time high, it seems only fitting that Australia's largest ever sober festival, Xstatic Wonderland, is back.

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With taking a break from the booze and non-alcoholic beverages at an all-time high, it seems only fitting that Australia’s largest ever sober festival, Xstatic Wonderland, is back.

Hosted by Xstatic Sunsets, and taking place in Sydney’s Belmore Park (adjacent to Central Railway Station), Xstatic Wonderland is set to be an unforgettable night of music and dancing with absolutely no excuses.

Due to the wet weather forecast, the festival, that was previously set to take place on March 19, has been rescheduled to April 23. However, rescheduling will not get in the way of a good sober time, and the festival has some incredible acts lined up.

Xstatic Sunsets is Australia’s leading social enterprise with a mission to inspire a more healthy party culture and improve mental health through the ‘natural high’ of dancing to great music, connecting with others and none of the hangovers.

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To reconnect communities and provide an epic sober alternative to festivals, Xstatic Wonderland, have collaborated with the City of Sydney, bringing to us this Alice in Wonderland themed festival with an incredible music lineup including Kid Kenobi, King TideGoldheist and more. 

There will also be a host of dance facilitators, performers and pop up live acts making this the biggest dance party of the year! Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided by James Squire and Seadrift Distillery, with extensive food options available, BYO food options or the opportunity to sit at the Mad Hatters VIP Tea Party.

Founder, Jasper Vallance, was previously involved in running parties for Burning Man and has brought the same energy and vibe to his events, with patrons describing them as “fun fuelled and full of natural energy”, so it’s safe to say that Xstatic Wonderland will be no different.

If you’re a sober king or queen, and love a good boogie to epic live music, you can find tix to Xstatic Wonderland here.

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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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