Newcastle China Week is an initiative to facilitate greater understanding between Newcastle and China through a series of interactive academic, cultural and social events.

China is one of the most valuable contributors to the strength of Australia’s economy and our top trading partner. As a result of this relationship and strong economic ties, there is a need to maintain an understanding of current trends and impacts of China’s strategic and economic initiatives.

One such example is the Belt and Road Initiative, a re-imagining of the legendary Silk Road, which seeks to economically connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes. Newcastle is well placed to tap into some of the opportunities as a result of the Belt and Road Initiative, so the 2017 China Week theme will explore this concept through enlightened discussions at the business forum and provide a journey for the senses when Belt and Road Cultures are introduced into the entertainment and hospitality options at our Noodle Night Market and Festival finale.

Newcastle China Week will inspire and delight with a program of events that will cross countries, continents and cultures this October. The event will provide opportunities for meaningful connections with a range of audience groups, including the Chinese community, business owners, professionals and leaders, cultural enthusiasts, tourists, students and local families.

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Newcastle China Week will take place from 12 – 15 October, 2017

Our program of events will cross countries, continents and cultures.

China week - Business networking event

Business Networking Event

Thursday 12th October

Expand your horizons into global markets with UON Global and The Hunter Young Professionals. This facilitated networking event between students and young professionals will provide an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and understanding. Speaker presentations will explore a whole new world of experience and perspective, encouraging professionals and organisations alike to think outside the box; build on and create new ideas; and develop a greater insight into the globalised world.

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China week - Business forum

Business Forum

Friday 13th October

China's Belt and Road Initiative is a major undertaking to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes to enhance stronger economic ties and efficient allocation of resources.
Find out what this means for Newcastle's business community by learning about the topic in more depth, as well as gaining insight to the opportunities around trade development, investment and tourism growth.

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China week - Noodle night market

Noodle Night Market

Saturday 14th October

Take your tastebuds on a journey through the Orient and beyond at the Newcastle China Week Noodle Night Market. Join us at twilight on Saturday 14th October on the sprawling greens of Gregson Park, Hamilton.
Meet with friends at our communal dining tables under the starry marquee or bring your picnic rug so you can sit back and enjoy the night's entertainment of music, dance and illuminated sights.

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China week - Cultural festival

Cultural Festival

Sunday 15th October

The finale of Newcastle China Week is a supersized cultural festival that crosses countries, continents and cultures. This is an immersive, colourful and vibrant opportunity to celebrate and experience contemporary and traditional Chinese culture, food, art and travel in the heart of Hamilton. This year, the event will be held in Gregson park and feature a new “silk road” section, more emphasis on dining and cultural exchange as well as pop up markets, entertainment and hospitality from an extensive range of cultural vendors in a nod to our Belt and Road theme.

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About the Confucius Institute

We are the leading provider of high quality Chinese literacy programs in the Hunter, the Central Coast and regional NSW. Working with business, government, educational and community partners, we are dedicated to strengthening and expanding exchange and cooperation between China and our region.

As part of the University of Newcastle's Global Engagement and Partnerships Division, we also play a major role in developing the University's capacity to effectively engage with China.

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Thanks to our sponsors

The Confucius Institute and University of Newcastle would like to thank each of our generous sponsors who help make China Week possible.

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Contact Us

If you are a visionary business leader with a global awareness of the opportunity-rich future that lies ahead through a strong Australia-China affiliation, we would love to discuss partnership opportunities with you. Please email us to request a sponsorship package.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.