Chinatown comes alive for street markets and Bleach* in the City

2 March 2016

Chinatown will come alive this Saturday night with the first Street Markets for 2016 featuring the opening of the first Paifang (traditional Chinese Gateway) and Bleach in the City festivities.

The street markets will offer a delicious blend of Asian cuisine and an eclectic mix of artisan stalls, with entertainment by local bands as part of the Bleach* Festival.

The Harmony Paifang Ceremony will take place at 4pm to celebrate the installation of the new gateway. The Paifang, the first of three gateways to be installed, was designed by our Sister City Beihai in the Han dynasty style which is common in their region of China. The ceremony will feature traditional Chinese music, as well as ribbon and lion dancing.

An amazing night of free live music will follow, headlined by Gold Coast favourites The Vernons, with support from Donny Love and Columbia Buffet. These three Queensland acts will bring a fresh blast of live music Chinatown as part of Bleach*, the largest arts and cultural festival on the Gold Coast. 

After recent success at Chinese New Year the pop up bar is back, this time conveniently located beside the main stage.

Cr Dawn Crichlow said Chinatown would now offers something different on the first Saturday of every month.

"Its streets will come alive with unique events, starting with Bleach* In the City this weekend then the Gold Coast Film Festival and Diversity Week to follow later this year,” she said.

“We’re seeing Gold Coast Chinatown maturing, offering authentic Asian experiences through an exciting mix of restaurants, small bars, karaoke, boutique retail, cultural festivals and celebrations.”

The Chinatown Street Markets operate from 4 – 9pm on Young and Davenport Streets, Southport.

Residents and visitors can ride the G: Link to Southport or take advantage of free weekend parking in the City’s car parks, including the Mal Burke, Athol Patterson and Carey Park car parks.

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Chinatown comes alive for street markets and Bleach* in the City photo