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Liverpool’s Chinese New Year celebrations are back with a ‘roar’ as the city marks the Year of the Tiger.
Returning this year after 2021’s virtual event, the in-person spectacular will celebrate Europe’s oldest Chinese community by bringing together traditional celebrations such as the dragon and unicorn parades and combining them with brand new, free commissions such as 3D projections, fire performances, new artwork, dance and live music.
Culture Liverpool has commissioned all of the new pieces of work to complement the free traditional Chinese New Year celebrations which includes dragon, unicorn and Lucky Man parades, firecracker displays, family workshops, Tai Chi demonstrations, a small fairground and food stalls. Activity will take place from 11am-5.30pm on Sunday 6 February.
The ambition is for the contemporary element to excite, inspire and delight the thousands expected to head in to the city centre.
Building up to the main day of activity, from this week thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn the city centre streets, and from Sunday 30 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 include the Cunard, Port of Liverpool, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Central Library Picton Colonnades, Toxteth Library, Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, the Martin Luther King building, Mersey Gateway Bridge and University of Liverpool’s Yoko Ono Centre. The Royal Liver Building and the Radio City tower will light up on Tuesday 1 February which is Chinese New Year.
For those who can’t make it in person, there will be plenty to enjoy online with suggested activities and archive footage. Head to www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/cny or keep up with the latest news by following Culture Liverpool on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Follow the conversation on socials with #CNYLiverpool.
The event has been organised by Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team in partnership with the Liverpool Chinese Business Association. The new commissions have been made possible thanks to support from Liverpool City Council.
“It feels so good to be bringing events back to the streets once more. Our Chinese New Year event has always proved hugely popular and there is a real feel-good factor around people coming together in celebration of our much-loved Chinese community.
“The new elements to this year really give the whole programme a different, exciting dynamic and it’s wonderful that we can work in partnership with local arts and cultural organisations to produce such unique, high-quality experiences for everyone to enjoy.
“It’s a packed, free programme and I can’t wait to see the return of the sound and colour explosion that will bring in the Year of the Tiger.”
“I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year. We are now entering the Year of the Tiger and the tiger is seen as brave, confident and trustworthy.
“This year we are very glad to have our celebrations back in the traditional way in Chinatown. Please come and join us on Sunday, 6 February.
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