With circus skills that will leave you in awe, the City of Sydney has chosen the perfect recruit to direct the Twilight Parade during the 2010 Chinese New Year Festival.

We are very excited to have Jerry Snell on board for our best Chinese New Year Festival yet. He brings an immense amount of experience in contemporary Asian performing arts and will further develop the Twilight Parade as a world-class event,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

The Chinese-speaking Canadian is a director and innovative performing artist who has also worked as a composer, singer and choreographer.

As well as his experience directing and performing in shows, Snell recently set up a Circus Action International and Clowns Without Borders tour for earthquake-affected cities in Sichuan, China.

“I am thrilled to be working on the Twilight Parade, a spectacular event which has an exciting future,” Snell said.

I hope to build on the Twilight Parade by bringing together diverse cultures and mediums like dance, theatre, pop music and multimedia, and working closely with the Chinese community in Australia.”

The Twilight Parade is the highlight of the New Year’s Festival. It attracted over 100,000 spectators to Sydney’s CBD during this year’s Festival.

Taking place on February 21, the 2010 Twilight Parade will start at Town Hall and end in Chinatown. Lanterns, dragons and dancers will fill the streets of Sydney as the Year of the Tiger is celebrated.

The City of Sydney’s 14th Chinese New Year Festival will run from February 12-28 and is the biggest lunar new year celebration outside Asia.

City of Sydney is looking for entries to join the Twilight Parade. To apply and see highlights of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year 2009 celebrations, visit www.sydneychinesenewyear.com.au

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