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Welcome the Year of the Rat during Chinese New Year celebrations right here in the heart of Liverpool’s Chinatown.
As the home of Europe’s oldest Chinese community with the largest Chinese Arch outside of China spanning Nelson Street, Chinese New Year is an important part of Liverpool’s annual events calendar, attracting crowds of well-wishers to Chinatown and into surrounding restaurants and bars as we welcome The Year of the Rat.
You’ll already have noticed some of Liverpool’s buildings including Central Library colonnades, the Cunard Building, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Toxteth Library, World Museum Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, Liverpool ONE and the Mersey Tunnels George’s Dock Building illuminated red, a colour which features predominately in Chinese culture, signifying good fortune and joy ahead of Chinese New Year on Sunday.
Chinese New Year festivities in Liverpool will see traditional Chinese culture blended with modern performances to create must-see street, stage and music acts, aerial demonstrations, family workshops, and a fairground along with firecracker displays and the hugely popular Dragon, Unicorn & Lion parade. And look out for The Lucky Man – handing out traditional gift-giving red envelopes – from 1pm!
Chinese New Year celebrations begin with Movema Dance Youth & Community Group presenting Chinese Fusion featuring 5 groups of young people from Movema’s Unlock the Box project, adult community groups and professional dancers. Movema Dance Street performances, around the Chinatown area will take place at 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
The Family Zone offers activities throughout the Chineses New Year celebrations including a Paper Folding Workshop with Pagoda Arts to create Lucky Money Envelope Rats. A Chinese calligraphy and painting workshop with Everyman Playhouse & Liverpool Confucius Institute. Chinese Zodiac badge-making with Spiral Arts and further Street Performances from Movema Dance, The Black-e Youth Circus and 24 Festival Drums.
The China Dream Stagecoach Bus will inviting children of all ages on board with traditional Chinese storytelling from Windows Arts including The Man Who Was a Fish, The Wizard and the Oranges, The Inn of Donkeys and The Magic Apple Tree.
Explore the colourful Chinese market featuring festive gifts, Year of the Rat souvenirs and offering traditional Chinese food so you can snack while enjoying the celebrations!
Great George Square – Live performances as follows:
11:30am – 12:15pm
The Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association).
12:20 – 13:00pm
Pagoda Arts – Flower Drums, Fan Tai Chi, Dance and Happy Dance!
13:05 – 13:45pm
Firecracker Display – Lucky Man, Dragon, Unicorn & Lion Parade
13:45 – 14:00pm
Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association – Martial Arts Demonstration
14:00 – 14:20pm
Wah Sing Chinese Community Centre Dancers – Traditional Chinese Dance
14:20 – 14:25pm
14:25 – 14:30pm
UK Phoenix Qipao Chinese Cultural & Art Association
14:35 – 14:55pm
24 Festival Drums, Liverpool Guild of Students
15:00 – 15:10pm
Movema Dance performance
15:10 – 15:15pm
Friendship Dancers – Chinese Fan Dance
15:15 – 15:25pm
Wirral Chinese Association – Traditional Chinese Dance
15:25 – 15:35pm
North East Wales Chinese Women’s Association – Traditional Chinese Dance
15:40 – 16:30pm
Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute – a showcase of traditional and contemporary music, dance and song performed by Chinese students.
Liverpool’s latest dining experience, Lu Ban, are celebrating Chinese New Year in style with a special set menu. Every dish has an associated story, tradition or legend. Tradition and legend, of course, also play a huge part in the celebration of Chinese New Year itself.
See their website here.
The Chinese New Year celebrations will be happening all weekend at Chamber 36. There will be live music and lion dances Friday – Sunday as well as great food. Bookings are strongly advised.
Visit their website here.
This french inspired cafe will be getting involved in the celebrations as well. They have announced that they are putting on a French/Chinese inspired drinks menu for the whole weekend and they’re opening early on Sunday too.
See their website here.
The Liverpool Gin Distillery has created a special tea-themed Blossom Martini for Chinese New Year which they’ll be serving up alongside some dim sum from the Distillery kitchen. The cockatiel ingredients are below.
50ml Liverpool Lemongrass & Ginger Gin
50ml Lychee Liqueur
25ml Goji Liqueur
150ml Apple Juice
Dash lime juice
You can’t celebrate Chinese New Year in Liverpool without a trip to The Bombed Out Church, can you? This year, festivities are happening from 11am – 4pm and there will be a selection of market stalls, food and drink, drumming sessions and more.
Celebrate the Year of the Rat with Pagoda Arts at the Chinese Youth and Community Centre on Henry Street. Enjoy a variety of cultural performances and music from the award-winning Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra and dancing performances too!
We’re CNY ready! Can you find a lucky red envelope 🧧 that will be hidden on services across the North West over the next few days? They will have a 🚌 treat inside 🐀 #CNY2020 pic.twitter.com/36Qcyy1jtU
— Arriva North West (@arrivanorthwest) January 22, 2020
This week, on the lead up to Liverpool’s Chinese New Year celebrations, Arriva are hiding lucky red envelopes on their services across Merseyside with special treats inside. Found one? Let us know!
The Victoria Gallery and Museum are putting on a Super Family Saturday to celebrate the Year of the Rat. Bring the family along and take part in Chinese dance with storytelling, learn the art of Chinese calligraphy and listen to traditional Chinese music.
Whether travelling by bus or train plan your journey to save time and money!
– Merseyrail run regular rail services to 68 stations across Merseyside with return tickets from just £2.20 – Use the Merseyrail Journey Planner here.
– Travelling from Liverpool by bus? Plan your journey with Arriva Bus here
– Travelling from Merseyside by bus? Plan your journey with Stagecoach here
Gung Hey Fat Choi to The Year of the Rat! Follow #CNYLiverpool on socials.
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