Looking to celebrate New Year in Liverpool? There are lots of events taking place in the city to celebrate the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year. Here’s a round-up of seven you and your friends might enjoy.
Chinatown on Sunday, 11 February
Visit Chinatown on Sunday, 11 February between 11am and 5pm for Tai Chi demos, fairground rides, street food, craft stalls, firecracker displays and family workshops. There will also be street theatre, storytelling and Bring The Fire are performing their grand finale at 4.30pm at Great George Square.
Chinese New Year Gala, Friday, 9 February
The University’s Confucius Institute have organised a Chinese New Year Gala at St George’s Hall to celebrate friendship, diversity and inclusion. There will be a traditional dragon dance, martial arts demonstrations and Chinese music. The Gala starts at 6.30pm.
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Lantern and candle making workshops, Sunday, 11 February
Head to the Bombed Out Church on Sunday, 11 February to talk part in free workshops in lantern and candle making. Local artists will be on hand to support you and share their skills.
Lion Parade, Saturday, 3 February
A lion parade is taking place on Saturday, 3 February. The parade starts on Bold Street around midday and will end at the Royal Albert Dock. The parade is being led by Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association and Movema.
Boy and the Pearl, storytelling Friday, 9 – Sunday, 11 February
The Bombed Out Church are running a 10-mimnute Boy and the Pearl show every night from Friday, 9 to Sunday 11 February from 6pm-9pm. The traditional Chinese story will be accompanied by animation and a specially crafted soundscape. Wooden dragon installations created by local school children and community groups will surround the church.
Harmony of the Dragon: A Chinese New Year Gala, Friday, 9 February
The Philharmonic are hosting Harmony of the Dragon – a musical re-telling of the Chinese Zodiac with musicians from the BBC Philharmonic.
See the floating dragon at the Albert Dock
To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, a colourful floating dragon is being installed at the Royal Albert Dock. During the celebrations, Chinatown and the wider city will be decorated with red lanterns. There will also be fairground rides and food stalls in Chinatown.