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Your Ultimate Guide to Chinese New Year in Liverpool 2020


Red lanterns and illuminated buildings line Liverpool as we welcome Chinese New Year this Sunday!

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.

What's Happening

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!

The Black-e, Nelson Street 11.30 – 11.40am 

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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.

Family Zone, Great George Square 11:30am – 16:30pm

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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.

Great George Street – 11.30am – 4.30pm

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              

Friendship Dancers

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. 

Where to eat and drink

Lu Ban

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.

Chamber 36

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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.

Petit Café Du Coin

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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.

What else is happening?

Liverpool Gin Distillery

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.

Blossom Martini

50ml Liverpool Lemongrass & Ginger Gin

50ml Lychee Liqueur

25ml Goji Liqueur

150ml Apple Juice

Dash lime juice

The Bombed Out Church

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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.

Pagoda Arts

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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!

Arriva Giveaway

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!

Victoria Gallery and Museum

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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.

Getting there

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.

All times subject to change. The event has been organised by Liverpool City Council in partnership with the Liverpool Chinese New Year Co-ordinating committee.

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