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A long time ago in Ancient China, the Jade Emperor, ruler of heaven and earth, held a great race between the animals.

He declared that the first 12 animals to cross to the other side of the mighty river would have a year named after them and thereby be forever immortalized on the Chinese Zodiac. The animals lined up on the shore eager to begin. Some chose to race honestly while others were more devious. Some helped their friends, while others raced alone. Some were distracted, while some focused with all their might on winning. But 13 animals raced for only 12 places on the Zodiac. Who would come first? And who would miss out?

One of China’s favourite fables is brought to life through an intercultural arts experience for inquisitive young minds. Follow the story of The Race for the Chinese Zodiac and discover your Chinese Zodiac animal. Gabrielle Wang’s picture book is transformed into a multifaceted theatre production incorporating animation, storytelling and an original Chinese score played on traditional Chinese instruments performed live by the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble and Lawrence Leung, narrator.. Don’t miss this wonderful introduction to Chinese culture.

“This beautiful retelling of the classic Chinese legend is a joy to read.”

Magpies Magazine


Wang Zheng Ting composer/musical director
Australian Chinese Music Ensemble
Lawrence Leung narrator

Melbourne Recital Centre

The Race for the Chinese Zodiac

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre

Date & Time:

Friday 13 January, 11am

Duration: 45 minutes, no interval


Adult: $26
Child: $26
3 Show Package: $22.10

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Suitable for Ages 5 – 8