Australia Day Extravaganza,  Splendid Sichuan Opera,  ANZ & More
Edition 23, February 13, 2015
Ma La Koala - Newsletter of the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu


Australia Day in Chengdu

Australia Day is a national day unlike any other. It doesn't celebrate an anniversary of independence or the birthday of a king or a queen. Rather it marks the date that Europeans first arrived in 1788, joining the Indigenous people who had lived and thrived on our great southern land for more than 40,000 years. In this way, Australia Day celebrates not just our nation but also our connection with other countries and other people. Read more

Pop Sensation Dami Im Rocks Australia Day

Australian pop sensation and the winner of Australia’s ‘X Factor 2013’ Dami Im rocked Sichuan during Australia Day weekend 2015.  At a gala reception attended by nearly 300 guests, including the Sichuan People’s
Congress Vice Chair Mr Peng Yu and Chengdu People’s Congress Vice Chair Mr Li Jian, Dami led the crowd in a rousing rendition of the national anthem before  performing Australian classics Waltzing Matilda and I Am Australian. Guests enjoyed food from every Australian state and territory, washed down with billy tea and damper around a mock campfire. The lucky draw included a free BBQ cooking lesson at Chengdu’s only Australian restaurant, the Arthouse, and air tickets from Chengdu to Melbourne, courtesy of Sichuan Airlines.

At a packed-out side gig, Dami played a selection of her hits including “Gladiator” and “Super Love” to more than 300 fans in Chengdu. New and old fans alike took to the dance floor. Dami Im’s second album “Heart Beats” will be released in China this month.

Pandas and Koalas Learn In Australia 

Consul-General Nancy Gordon bid farewell to the lucky winners of the 2014 "Panda Koala" Cup Chengdu High School Students English Speech Contest on the eve of their departure to Australia. Three students (pictured above) are headed to Australia for a ten day study trip to Melbourne. More than 110 high schools in Chengdu participated in the competition, which was broadcast to more than a million people on Sichuan television.

Splendid Sichuan Opera 

The Year of the Goat will start in Queensland with the sounds of Sichuan Opera. The Sichuan Opera Performance Troupe will perform in Brisbane and the Gold Coast from February 24th. Their repertoire will include compositions with more than two hundred years history including “A Most Unusual Breeze” and the Erhu solo “Galloping Horses”. The performance is part of a series of Sichuan themed events being held in Australia building up to the “Splendid Sichuan” trade event to be held Melbourne in April.

A Night for Australia and New Zealand Banking 

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) celebrated another successful year in southwest China with a Spring Festival Dinner Party for superheros, inspired by ANZ’s “Super Regional Strategy”. ANZ Chengdu Hub Managing Director Steve Harris hosted Australia Consul-General Nancy Gordon and New Zealand Consul-General Alistair Crozier at the event (pictured above), who volunteered to help select the lucky winners of a generous prize draw. “It was a night to celebrate a very successful year for our hub in Chengdu but also to provide the staff with a chance to showcase their many talents on stage and enjoy good food as we welcome in the Year of the Goat” said Mr Harris.

Steel City Seeks New Service Sectors 

Panzhihua City, long known in southwest China for the iron and steel company which shares its name, is diversifying its economy. Party Secretary Liu Chengming recently hosted Consul-General Nancy Gordon, Trade Commissioner Jeff Turner and other members of the southwest China consular corps on a fact-finding mission to identify new opportunities to increase trade with the growing provincial centre. Panzhihua, rich in titanium, vanadium and other mineral resources, is expanding its agriculture, tourism and aged care services. Austrade has invited Panzhihua aged care officials to attend the “VET Forum on Aged Care and Health 2015” in Chengdu on 23 - 24 April.

A New City Rises

Austrade representatives joined business, government and media in a site visit to Chengdu’s Tianfu New Area on 22 January. Covering 1,578 km south of Chengdu, the area will incorporate advanced manufacturing plants, residential towers, retail and cultural attractions that together will form several new cities along the Jinjiang River framed by sculpted parks and artificial lakes.

A suite of preferential government policies have been used to attract investment; including a reduced corporate income tax rate and subsidised office space. To date, the total value of investment has reached RMB 11.726 billion.

Flying the Flag

Expat Micheal Feakes celebrates Australia’s 2- 1 victory in the Asian Cup with a few Kangaroos. If you see any examples of Australia making its mark on southwest China,
drop us a line
What’s Up Down Under? 

Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival, produced by City of Sydney, will celebrate the city’s rich Asian cultures with more than 80 family-friendly events in what is the largest Lunar New Year celebration in Oceania. This year the Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors will wow audiences during the exhibition’s Australian debut at Dawes Point, while crowds of more than 130,000 will be drawn to the internationally renowned Twilight Parade’s spectacle which includes floats, lanterns, dancers, building projections and fireworks. Also part of the festival from 13 February to 1 March are dragon boat races, kids’ events, tours, performances, workshops and a feast of sensational Asian food.  Each year the Sydney spectacular attracts more than 600,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular events in the city’s social diary. Learn more
Upcoming Events

February 19 - 23
Consulate Closed (Spring Festival)

February 27
Applications for Chengdu VET Forum on Aged Care and Health 2015 close (online)

February 27
Aussie Bar Night, The Keg King, 2F Raffles City, No. 3, Section 4, South Remin Road, Wuhou District, Chengdu.

March 22 - 23
Australian Writers' Week (Chengdu)
小吃   Little Bites

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