AFL and Sydney Swans celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year

Today, AFL NSW/ACT and the Sydney Swans joined together to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Hurstville Lunar New Year Festival.

On this first day of the Chinese ‘Year of the Dog’, Australian Football came to Sydney’s Southern Suburbs, where 84% of local residents have both parents born overseas – 37% of those parents being born in China (2016 Census).

You can access more information on the Active Kids VoucherNAB AFL Auskick and Junior AFL in simplified Chinese here by clicking the links provided here.

AFL NSW/ACT and the Sydney Swans hosted a marquee at the Festival with children’s activities, giveaways and Swans tickets for the community to enjoy.

AFL NSW/ACT Multicultural Programs Manager, Nickie Flambouras says joining in on the Lunar New Year celebrations is just one of the many ways the AFL is bringing Australia’s game into the multicultural community.

“It is imperative the game of AFL is accessible to all communities,” says Flambouras.

“Our mission is to connect with people and we do this by attending cultural and religious events across Australia.

“To our fans and players of Chinese heritage, and to everyone we met at the festival, Happy New Year.”

If you would like to learn more about AFL NSW/ACT’s Multicultural Programs, please contact Nickie Flambouras at

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