Lunar New Year 2022 Aqualume Grand Foyer

The Star Sydney Celebrates Lunar New Year With Australian-First Performance Aqualume

The Star Sydney Grand Foyer has been transformed into ‘Aqualume’, a spectacular multi-sensory interplay of light, water, performance and digital art.

Lunar New Year welcomes a world-class digital art show and aerialist performance with colour, light and water. Masterfully choreographed to captivate and engage, Aqualume at The Star Sydney is inspired by the Year of the Water Tiger and explores a magical kingdom through the waterfalls.

Lunar New Year 2022 Aqualume Grand Foyer
High Flying Aqualume Performance at the Grand Foyer

A state of the art production featuring five performers, the multisensory performance celebrates the fairy tale of the fish transforming into the ‘Dragon Princess: ruler of all dragons’ and plays tribute to the art of cormorant fishing, an ancient tradition that has been practised in China for over a millennium.     

The dying art sees local fisherman work with cormorants, aquatic birds that sit perched upon traditional bamboo rafts with lanterns and dive into the water to track the schools of fish which thrive in clear river water.       

Lunar New Year 2022 Aqualume Grand Foyer
Lunar New Year 2022 Aqualume Grand Foyer

At Aqualume, the long-held relationship between the fisherman, comes to life – first as a dance between two birds weaving above the nets of the fisherman, then as fishermen spin and take flight to the sky on the red and gold rotating zodiac, displaying a battle for the fish swirling beneath.        

The fish is entrapped within a water bowl: translucent and blue like the eye of the tiger, the power of its elegance and purity defeats all. She transforms and flies through the sky draped in a fiery red silk gown as she takes her place as the Dragon Princess.

Lunar New Year 2022 Aqualume Grand Foyer
LNY Aqualume Performance at the Grand Foyer

Aqualume is free for all visitors and will be performing until 15 February 2022 at 8:30pm, 10:15pm and 11:15pm at The Star Sydney.


Where:           The Star Sydney Grand Foyer
                        80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009


 Monday 31 January 11.59pm (Lunar New Year’s Eve)  

Tuesday, 1 February (Lunar New Year Day)

Thursday, 3 February

Friday, 4 February

Saturday, 5 February

Sunday, 6 February

Thursday, 10 February

Friday, 11 February

Saturday, 12 February

Sunday, 13 February

Monday, 14 February

Tuesday, 15 February (Lantern Festival)

Cost:               FREE

Celebrate this Lunar New Year at The Star Sydney.