Celebrate the Year of the Snake


The Victoria Gallery & Museum (VG&M) and  the Confucius Institute are marking Chinese New Year with a number of events to celebrate the Year of the Snake.

The VG&M will launch its family film screening programme on Saturday 9 February. ‘Kung Fu Panda’ will be screened in the Leggate Theatre at 10.30am.  The VG&M will also host a fun workshop in the afternoon with opportunities to create a Chinese calligraphy scroll, take part in Chinese paper cutting, decorate fans and make snake mobiles.

A picnic area will be available in the building for those wishing to stay for both events and bring their own packed lunch.  The Waterhouse cafe will also be open for drinks and cakes. Both events are free and no booking is required.

The Chengdu Folk Dance Theatre group, one of China’s top performance groups, will welcome in the Year of the Snake with an evening of music and dance.  The evening will include a variety of traditional Chinese folk dances with modern interpretations as well as musical performances including wind instruments, traditional Chinese harps and drums that highlight the breadth and scope of traditional folk music.  This event will take place on Wednesday 13 February, from 6pm to7pm, in the Eleanor Rathbone Theatre. The event is free but to reserve a place call 0151 795 0551.

Billy Hui, presenter of Orient Express on Radio Merseyside, will share some fascinating facts about Chinese superstitions and customs including lucky numbers, traditional colours, customs, the Chinese language and Chinese New Year.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the talk on Thursday 21 February, from 12 to 1pm, at the Confucius Institute.  All are welcome but to reserve a free place call 0151 795 0551

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