2020 VIP program
You are cordially invited by the Victoria Street Business Association to the opening ceremony
of the 2020 Victoria Street Lunar Festival
Date and time: Sunday 19th January 2020 1 pm - 3.00 pm
Location Main Stage Victoria Street & Nicholson Street, Richmond
Dress Code: Business Attire or traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai
Kindly RSVP by 12th of January in the form below.
Meca Ho – President
Victoria Street Business Association (VSBA)
Victoria Street Lunar Festival
The Victoria Street Lunar Festival on the 20th of January 2020 is a unique community festival that brings together over 80,000 Victorians who work and live in the City of Yarra, Melbourne and surrounding areas. We will have many features and activities for all to enjoy; music and talent showcasing on our top stage, fun rides, games/sideshows and various children's activities and of course our traditional foods and cuisines.
Due to popular demand, we will be bringing back our Pho Eating Competition for all eager to participate. Victoria Street will be lined up and packed with businesses, charities and food stalls, courtesy of our beloved community.
This festival has become one of the most popular and recognised Lunar New Year celebrations in Melbourne, drawing crowds from all over Victoria. It is a wonderful opportunity for us, the Victoria Street Business Association (VSBA), to treat the community to a vibrant, colourful and culturally rich experience.
Hosts on the day
Mr Meca Ho
Mr Eddie Nguyen
Ms Dieu Nguyen
Mr Ha Nguyen
Ms Vi Vuong
Mr Meca Ho - VSBA President
Cr Min-Lin Chen Yi Mei - City of Yarra
Hon Richard Wynne - Minister of Planning for Victoria
Ms Vivienne Nguyen Chairperson of Victorian Multicultural Commission
Hon Adam Bandt - Greens Federal Member for Melbourne
Mr Tien Kieu MLC - Parliament of Victoria
Mr Bon Nguyen - President - The Vietnamese Community in Australia (Victorian Chapter)
Ms Cam Nguyen, bà Huỳnh Bích Cẩm CEO of The Australian Vietnamese Women's Association Inc.
Mr Grant Hocking - Rotary District Governor
Dr Nhan of Quang Minh Temple and Mr John Branagan Bushfire Appeal
12:30 VIP Guest Welcome Arrival
12:45 Lion Dance & Firecracker
13:00 Festival introduction by MC Bruce Hien
13:05 Australian & Vietnamese Nation Anthems - Victoria Street Traders Group
13:25 Mr Meca Ho - VSBA President
13:30 Cr Min-Lin Chen Yi Mei - City of Yarra
13:35 Hon Richard Wynne - Minister of Planning for Victoria
14:40 Ms Maria Dimopoulos Deputy Chairperson of Victorian Multicultural Commission
13:45 Opening Ceremony - St Johns Dance
13:55 Hon Adam Bandt - Greens Federal Member for Melbourne
14:00 Mr Tien Kieu MLC - Parliament of Victoria
14:00 Mr Bon Nguyen - President - The Vietnamese Community in Australia (Victorian Chapter)
14:05 'Happy New Year' music performance by SODAPOP
14:15 Ms Cam Nguyen, bà Huỳnh Bích Cẩm CEO of The Australian Vietnamese Women's Association Inc.
14:20 Mr Grant Hocking - Rotary District Governor
14:25 Dr Nhan of Quang Minh Temple and Mr John Branagan Bushfire Appeal
14:30 VIP line up for ribbon cutting, presentation of appreciation certificates
14:35 Fire Crackers to Start the Festival
14:50 Lion Dance With Street Parade. VIP go to Thanh Phong Restaurant 240 Victoria Street Richmond 3121 for refreshment 3-5 pm the depart. The stage program continued till 10.30 pm and the festival will close at 11 pm.
How to get to our festival?
We encourage you to travel on public transport. Please check with Public Transport Victoria (www.ptv.vic.gov.au or 1800 800 007) for train and tram timetables.
Victoria Street is accessible via train to North Richmond Station and/or tram; route 109 (Box Hill to Port Melbourne) and route 12 (St Kilda to Victoria Gardens) go along Victoria parade – you should disembark at either end of Victoria Street and Church Street.
Route 78 (Prahran to Richmond) stops at the corner of Church and Victoria Streets.
VIP Car Parking
VIP will park at Regent Street, North Richmond train station. We will send you a display ticket for your parking couple of weeks before the event.
For speakers at our events, please park your vehicle in the basement of the Hive Shopping Centre. Meca Ho or Ha Nguyen or any member of our VSBA team can give you an exit carpark tickets.
The main stage is just cross the road from the Shopping Centre.
Bicycles can be stored securely in front of Hive shopping centre. Please enter via the Nicholson street entrance.
Please contact the team at 0408 217 899 or