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The lanterns are up and a dragon has been seen dancing through the city streets. It can only mean on thing. The Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations take place this weekend (8th-10th February) at Liverpool’s famous China Town at the surrounding area. From family friendly workshops and lots of market stalls to browse, to a brand new light show, lion, unicorn and dragon parades, firecrackers and stage performances, right across the three days. There’s something for everyone.
Join Jingwei on the next instalment of her adventure with her new friend, Piggy, and read on to plan your Chinese New Year weekend.
To celebrate the Year of the Pig, Culture Liverpool have commissioned illustrator Cherie Grist Renshaw to create a modern version of the 12 animals of the zodiac. They’re arriving a selected locations around the city and if you manage to snap all 12, there could be a tasty prize for you and a friend. Find out more here.
Symbolising good luck and fortune, the traditional lion and dragon dance will take place at the Chinese Arch. Using LED lit costumes, this performance is said to banish the winter monster and welcome the Spring.
This is your first chance to see the brand new projection and pyrotechnic show following Jingwei and her new friend Piggie as they journey to the west. Head to Nelson Street to get a good spot and watch the pre-show entertainment including Pagoda Arts showcasing stunning costumes, music and dance. Expect to hear Chinese Opera, hip hop and keep your eyes peeled for a bride and groom.
The gardens of St Luke’s Church will host local producers and traders on Saturday from 11am so if you’re heading in to explore China Town, grab some street food and browse the stalls at this iconic Liverpool venue.
You can also check out Chinese New Year drumming sessions and craft and storytelling workshops inside the Bombed Out Church from 12pm. A great way to keep the kids entertained.
Back for a second mesmerising performance, the LED lit lion and dragon dancers will return to banish the winter and welcome Spring from 7pm.
Make sure you’re in a good spot to see the second showing of the journey to the west projection and pyrotechnic show which follows Jingwei and her new friend Piggie. The pre-show entertainment is provided by Pagoda Arts in partnership with Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute. Expect colourful, handcrafted costumes, the latest in Chinese fashion and lots of music.
The celebrations officially begin with the arrival of the lion and the dragon outside The Black E and the unicorn on Nelson Street. The full day programme includes the following events:
Make sure you bring your appetite to China Town on Sunday as the market offers up lots of stalls selling traditional Chinese cuisine, gits and keepsakes to mark this very special occasion.
There’s a designated Chinese New Year Family Zone at Great George’s Square and Nelson Street on Sunday. Expect to see little pagodas, art workshops, street theatre and art installations. There will be appearances from the Chinese Opera stars, lantern making, puppet shows, Chinese calligraphy and the China Dream Stagecoach bus will be hosting storytelling sessions on board too.
Red Door Liverpool is the perfect hangout on Sunday for kids and big kids alike. They have pizza making classes, cocktail masterclasses and more, head to the family day 1-4pm just metres away from the Chinese New Year action.
Liverpool’s renowned dance group, Movema are bringing you performances across the weekend with three separate groups taking on Chinese New Year. All the info is here.
The final performance of The Quest for the Arch projection and pyrotechnic show is at 6pm at the Chinese Arch. Pre projection entertainment comes from the lion and dragon dancers, Movema and the 24 Festival Drums. The show is set to end at approximately 6:45pm.
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