Liverpool will be bringing in the Year of the Rat in style with celebrations set to take place in the heart of Europe’s oldest Chinatown.
On Sunday 26
January, the Chinese New Year festivities will see traditional Chinese culture
blended with modern performances to create must-see street, stage and music
acts, aerial demonstrations, family workshops, a fairground along with the
hugely popular dragon, unicorn and lion
parades and firecracker displays.
The market will
also make a return to George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering
As a result of the financial challenges facing the city council, this year’s free celebrations will all take place on the one day – starting at 11am and finishing around 5pm.
Building up to
the main day of activity, over the next few days thousands of Chinese lanterns
will adorn the city centre streets, and from Friday (10 January) a number of
buildings will be illuminated in red in honour of the new year – signifying
good fortune and joy to everyone. These buildings are the Cunard
Building, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Central Library Picton
Colonnades, Toxteth Library, World Museum, Open Eye Gallery, Everyman &
Playhouse Theatres and Mersey Tunnels George’s Dock Building.
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The event has been organised by Liverpool City Council in partnership with the Liverpool Chinese New Year Co-ordinating committee.
Animation Programme Details
Movema Dance Youth & Community Group – Chinese Fusion
Square (Chinatown) 11:30 – 16:30
Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association)
Pagoda Arts – Flower Drums, Fan Tai Chi, Dance and Happy Dance!
Firecracker Display – Lucky Man, Dragon and
Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association – Martial Arts Demonstration
Wah Sing Chinese Community Centre Dancers – Traditional Chinese Dance
UK Phoenix Qipao Chinese Cultural & Art Association
24 Festival Drums, Liverpool Guild of Students
Friendship Dancers – Chinese Fan Dance
Wirral Chinese Association – Traditional Chinese Dance
North East Wales Chinese Women’s Association – Traditional Chinese Dance
15:40 – 16:30 Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute – showcase of traditional and contemporary music, dance and song by Chinese students.
Great George Square 11:30 – 16:30
Adjacent to the
Stage, the Family Zone will be animated throughout the afternoon with
activities for all ages. There will also be storytelling sessions courtesy of
the China Dream Stagecoach bus
performances, around the Chinatown area:
4pmAll times subject to change. Please check
website and social media for any changes.