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City welcomes the Year of the Dog

Published on Thursday, February 15, 2018

EVENTS marking the start of the Chinese New Year will be taking place in Leicester this weekend – and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Dog.

The city’s New Walk Museum will host a spectacular event on Saturday (17 February) that will ensure the Chinese New Year starts with a bang.

A celebration of Chinese culture and traditions will take place in the museum’s Victorian Art Gallery from 11am, while fireworks, pyrotechnics and a dazzling projection show will light up the museum grounds in an outdoor performance at 5pm.

The free event will include story-telling, shadow puppetry, music and dance – including performances of the famous Lion Dance – and an opportunity to try traditional Chinese crafts, such as calligraphy and paper cutting.

There will also be the chance to play traditional Chinese games and sample authentic Chinese food, courtesy of the Confucius Institute.

The following day – Sunday 18 February – the focus for the Chinese New Year celebrations will be the Humberstone Gate stage in Leicester city centre.

From 11am, a packed programme of events will include acrobatic displays, magic shows, martial arts performances and traditional music and dance. A spectacular lion dance will provide the grand finale to the celebrations at around 5pm.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair said: “The city council is delighted to support this programme of events that celebrates the start of the Chinese New Year.

“Our partners at Cosmopolitan Arts have been working closely with the local Chinese community to come up with some great events that are free for everyone to enjoy.

“Pop along to New Walk Museum on Saturday, or to the Humberstone Gate stage on Sunday, and join the celebrations to mark the start of the Year of the Dog.”

Other events taking place in Leicester to mark the start of the Chinese New Year include a multi-media art installation and a Chinese-themed canteen night.

Made in China’ – which includes a specially-commissioned film that documents the lives and experiences of Leicester’s Chinese communities – is at the LCB Depot at 31 Rutland Street until 2 March.

The same venue will host a Chinese-themed canteen night, with workshops and a Lion Dance, from 5pm until 10pm on Friday 23 February.

The programme of events to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year is presented by Cosmopolitan Arts with support from Leicester City Council, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

More information about all the events is available at cosmopolitanarts.wordpress.com