Chinese New Year 2011
30 January – 13 February
10am – 5pm daily FREE*
With a story by Annette Shun Wah, CHINA HEART is a FREE interactive multi-platform game for smartphones and web that is part love story, part mystery. Meshing video, real-world art installation and performance with a rich GPS gaming experience, CHINA HEART guides players on a walking tour of significant locations in Sydney’s Chinatown.
Players download the game and start solving the clues at the Powerhouse Museum, learning about the history of Chinese Australians from the 19th century to now as they unravel the mystery that is keeping a young couple apart. The whole family will have fun piecing together secrets of the past. The story culminates at the Chinese Garden of Friendship* in Darling Harbour with a stunning performance of a romantic scene featuring Chinese opera singers. It’s a thrilling way to ‘see in’ the Year of the Rabbit.
Lian is a young woman whose plans to marry are stalled when she receives a mysterious engagement present with a strange message. Will she ever be able to marry her beloved David?
Players help Lian solve the puzzle of her family’s past and her cultural history — guided by dramatic clues, oral histories and historic re-enactments downloaded on their own mobile phones — so her wedding can take place as planned.
The fun begins at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum where participants download the application onto their own iPhones, Androids and higher-end Nokia phones with the help of volunteers or access the story via mobile web. From there, they start to unravel a labyrinth of video clues, oral histories, soundscapes and historic re-enactments that are prompted through GPS technology. Players hunt and search through the streets and laneways of Haymarket and its environs, and the pieces of the puzzle come together at each new location. The mystery culminates at the Chinese Garden of Friendship* at Darling Harbour. Interwoven with virtual clues are real world art installations and performances along the way.
Find out more on the China Heart website