Union Square Vibes Event

🎵 Let’s unwind and groove! 🎵

Join us for a laid-back rhythm and fun session with the incredible guest singer, Joini! 🎤 Dive into a relaxing time filled with free games and activities provided from Anytime Fitness Rhodes. Come along for a chill session of music, laughter, and pure enjoyment! 🌟

  Highlights on 9th May
Guest singer – Joini
Dance performance from RMCA
Games and activities from Anytime Fitness Rhodes

    Specials from the surrounding businesses:
  • Chinel Chicken (2/7 Rider Blvd): 20% off Korean fired chicken on Thursday
  • Lynn Fahey Dance (Level 1, 2 Leeds Street): Free trial lesson
  • Rhodes Anytime Fitness ( 2/5 Rider Boulevard): $0 joining fee, $99 access pass, $23.95p/w for 12 months, 4 weeks for free and a free towel!
  • The Duke Edu (38 Rider Blvd): Free trial lesson (Pre K- Year 5 literacy and numeracy)
  • Money Chase (Shop 5, 1 Gauthorpe St): No commission fees

The Year of Dragon, Celebrate 2024 Lunar New Year at Rhodes Foreshore Park!

Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey as we usher in the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Dragon! Save the dates – February 24th and 25th, 2024 – for a spectacular celebration that promises two days of festivities, joy, and cultural richness.

Event Highlights:

Date: February 24th (Saturday) and February 25th (Sunday) 2024

Time: 10am – 9:30 pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday

Location: Rhodes Foreshore Park

Admission: Free for all residents and visitors

What to Expect:

The inaugural Rhodes Mazu Pilgrimage Grand Event:This grand event is a manifestation of deep cultural and religious significance, uniting the community in a collective expression of devotion, faith, and gratitude towards Mazu. The pilgrimage is a spiritual journey that typically involves the ceremonial transport of a sacred statue or image of Mazu from one location to another, often culminating in a place of worship or a significant temple.
More information on that can be found here.

Delightful Cuisines: Treat your taste buds to a diverse selection of delectable Lunar New Year dishes. From traditional delicacies to modern twists, our food stalls and vendors are ready to tantalize your senses.

Dragon Dance Extravaganza: Witness the awe-inspiring Dragon Dance performances that will grace the stage, ushering in good fortune and positive energy for the Year of the Dragon. Booking is essential and limited. If you would like to book the event, the form can be found here.

Cultural Showcases: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of our cultural heritage through captivating performances that showcase the beauty and traditions of various communities.

If you’d like to learn more about the significance of the dragon to the Rhodes community, more information can be found here.

Kids’ Corner: Bring your little ones for a day filled with laughter and excitement. Engage them in fun games, face painting, and creative activities designed to make their Lunar New Year celebration unforgettable.

Community Unity: Strengthen our community bonds as we come together to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Connect with neighbors, make new friends, and revel in the spirit of unity that defines our diverse community.

Starry Music Night Party, Fireworks and More !

How to Get Involved:

We extend a warm invitation to all community members to join us in this celebration of tradition, culture, and community spirit. Bring your families, friends, and neighbors to share in the joy of the Lunar New Year festivities.

Spread the excitement, and let’s make this Year of the Dragon celebration the most memorable one yet! Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for updates.

For inquiries or if you’d like to contribute to the event, please reach out to us at yi.xiao@tmmedia.com.au.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Lunar New Year celebration on February 24th and 25th. Get ready for a magical experience that will create lasting memories and celebrate the vibrancy of our community!

Rhodes Signature 100 People Community Dragon Dance Story

Date: February 24th (Saturday) 2024

Time: 11.30am-11.50am

Background of the Rhodes Dragon:

In 2022, Rhodes witnessed a spectacular event as a 100-person dragon dance unfolded, marking a momentous celebration of cultural diversity and a drive towards social inclusivity and community harmony. This historic occurrence was the first of its kind in Sydney.

The dragon, belonging to Mark Boyle, a longstanding resident of Rhodes, has been a cherished presence in the community. He initiated a three-person dragon in 2014, and over the years, it has expanded both in size and in the affection it receives from the local kids, delighting in the rhythmic beats of drums and cymbals. A notable milestone was achieved during the Rhodes Moon Festival 2022 when a hundred smiling individuals united to support the dragon. With the assistance of The Learning Space Rhodes, the dragon now proudly carries a 3D printed earth globe in its mouth, symbolizing multicultural diversity.

This momentous occasion brought together a diverse array of participants, including political leaders, council members, local Police officers, ambulance and fire brigade personnel, representatives from the local health district, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ community members, students and teachers from local schools, scouts, and individuals from Korean, Chinese, Indian, and various other communities. The dragon serves as a powerful symbol of unity, representing a community where individuals from different cultural backgrounds and sectors stand united, resilient, and strong—a true multicultural embodiment with the spirit of Rhodes.

Adding to the significance of the event, Uncle Mark Merriman, a leader in the Aboriginal community and Sydney Harbour Head Elder, held the pearl and guided the dragon. The pearl symbolizes the aboriginal spirit and wisdom, guiding the multicultural community. This celebration not only draws inspiration from traditional cultures but also contributes to an enhanced sense of identity for all participants. It serves as an essential educational session, filling a void for many residents who have immigrated from overseas and now call Rhodes home.

If you would like to join in on the Dragon Dance Extravaganza event, to take part in creating memorable history within the community of Rhodes, please make a booking before the tickets run out. The booking link can be found here.

Rhodes Mazu Pilgrimage Grand Event

悉尼天后宫位于悉尼西區的 Canley Vale,1979年下旬進入籌備工作,1980年初正式成立位於悉尼中國城,1981遷移至(租)1st fl 44 Park Rd Cabramatta NSW,籌建動土於 1991年,落成於1995年。Canley Vale位於悉尼西區的Cabramatta市旁邊,上世纪70年代,澳洲政府收容了很多東南亞半島的難民,大多數是華人,將他們安置在Cabramatta附近。媽祖也是東南亞一代眾多華人的信仰,所以當這批華人移民到澳洲後,為了感恩媽祖保佑他們平安的定居與這新天地,他們發願在此建立一座媽祖廟,這就是悉尼天后宮的由來。


The origin myth of Mazu purports that she was born on Meizhou Island, did not cry when she was born, and became an excellent swimmer who stood on the shore while wearing red garments to guide fishing vessels home even horrible weather. Despite her relatively young age at the time of her death, Mazu devoted her life to helping others in miraculous ways.

Mazu is protective in her very nature and watches over sailors, fishermen and travelers. While initially only the goddess of the sea, she became worshipped as something that is evidently more important than that. She is seen as a protective goddess of life and and also by the name Tianhou widely regarded as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven. Her worship has gradually extended its reach to encompass China’s coastal regions and overseas Chinese communities, with a notable presence in Taiwan. Additionally, her influence has made its way to places like Sydney, Australia.

The Mazu pilgrimage is an annual religious tradition in Taiwan and other Chinese communities, where devotees embark on a journey to honor and seek blessings from Mazu, the goddess of the sea. These pilgrimages typically involve the transportation of Mazu’s sacred statue in ornate palanquins, with worshippers parading through cities and towns, often covering considerable distances. The processions attract large crowds of both religious pilgrims and curious onlookers. Participants engage in various rituals, including bowing and crawling beneath the palanquin, to express gratitude and devotion to Mazu, believing that these actions bring good fortune and blessings. The Mazu pilgrimage serves as a cultural and spiritual event, fostering a sense of community and religious fervor among the participants.

The Sydney Tin Hau Temple established in 1991 is situated in Canley Vale, in the southwest district of Sydney. Adjacent to Canley Vale is Cabramatta, known as Sydney’s Little Saigon, where many Vietnamese refugees were resettled by the Australian government in the 1970s. Mazu, the goddess of the sea, is a common deity among the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. When Vietnamese immigrants arrived in Australia, grateful for Mazu’s blessings for a safe journey to this new land, they pledged to build a Mazu temple. This is the origin of the Sydney Tin Hau Temple. The Sydney Mazu Pilgrimage Grand Event is normally consistently held in Cabramatta, where the Tin Hau Temple is located. Each year, devotees from all over Australia gather in Cabramatta for the event, seeking spiritual harmony, virtues, and compassion.

In partnership with the Sydney Tin Hau Temple, the Mazu pilgrimage, scheduled for Sunday, February 25th, will commence at 11 am and conclude by 1 pm. This marks its inaugural venture outside Cabramatta, with the representation of the goddess moving to Rhodes for the 2024 Lunar New Year Carnival. The collaboration is geared towards bestowing blessings upon the Rhodes community for a prosperous and harmonious year, promoting the well-being of its residents. The Mazu pilgrimage serves as a symbolic expression of a collective commitment to virtue, benevolence, and compassion.

Join Us for the Spectacular Rhodes Moon Festival Celebration on September 23rd and 24th, 2023!

Dear Residents,

Mark your calendars for a two-day extravaganza as we come together to celebrate the enchanting Moon Festival! On the 23rd and 24th of September 2023, our community is set to immerse itself in a celebration filled with food, music, cultural performances, and exciting games for kids of all ages.

Event Highlights:

Date: September 23rd (Saturday) and September 24th (Sunday) 2023

Time: 11am – 4pm Saturday, 11am – 2pm Sunday

Location: Rhodes Foreshore Park

Admission: Free for all residents and visitors

What to Expect:

Delicious Food: Indulge in a wide array of mouthwatering cuisines, including traditional Moon Festival delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds. Food stalls and vendors will be serving up a delectable assortment of dishes.

Musical Extravaganza: Get ready to groove to the rhythm of live music performances that will set the perfect ambiance for the evening. Our talented local artists will take the stage to entertain you with their melodious tunes.

Cultural Performances: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of our diverse culture with captivating cultural performances, showcasing the beauty and traditions of various communities.

Fun for Kids: The little ones are in for a treat with a variety of fun games, face painting, and exciting activities designed to keep them entertained throughout the event.

Community Spirit: Connect with your fellow residents, make new friends, and strengthen our community bonds. The Moon Festival is an occasion for unity and togetherness, where we celebrate our shared heritage.

Moon Display: Witness the breathtaking sight of large Moon illuminating the night sky. It’s a moment of wonder and reflection that captures the essence of the festival.

How to Get Involved:

We invite each and every one of you to join us in this celebration of tradition, culture, and community spirit. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to experience the magic of the Moon Festival.

Spread the word, and let’s make this year’s Moon Festival the most memorable one yet! Together, we will create cherished memories and celebrate the beauty of our diverse community.

Stay tuned for more updates on our website and social media channels. For any inquiries or if you’d like to contribute to the event in any way, please contact us at sandrazhang15@gmail.com

We can’t wait to see you at the Moon Festival on September 23rd and 24th.