By Kerry Norman
Chinese New Year preparations are well underway in Liverpool.
Celebrations for the year of the dog will be sweeping across Merseyside in the upcoming weeks. In Chinese astrology, each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle. The Dog is the 11th in the cycle, following last year’s Rooster.
As of 5pm today (8th February), thousands of Chinese lanterns will be seen around the city streets, as well as Liverpool ONE and Exchange Flags. Events will coincide with the public opening of China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors at World Museum on Friday, February 9.
The main events will take place on Friday 16th February to Sunday 18th February. There will be an array of performances and demonstrations throughout the weekend, with each evening lumiere displays lighting up the China Town Arch.
Simon Wong, chair of The Liverpool Chinese Business Association, told MerseyDays: “This celebration isn’t just for the Chinese, the whole world will be celebrating together. For the Chinese culture, it’s the most important day of the whole year, everyone can join in and celebrate together.”
Brian Wong, a founding member for the LCBA told us about the importance of celebrating Chinese New Year in Liverpool. He said: “I think it is very important, we want to share our culture. We feel at home in Liverpool”.
Sunday 18th is due to be the main event of the weekend, with family friendly activities drawing in around 20,000 people. Sundays events begin at 11.30am, with the programme as follows:
Great George Square Stage-
11:30am – 12:15pm Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association)
12:20 – 1pm Flower Drums, Fan Tai Chi, Dance and Happy Dance! (Pagoda Arts)
1:05 – 1:45pm Firecracker Display – Lucky Man, Dragon and Unicorn Parades
1:45 – 2pm Martial Arts Demonstration (Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association)
2:05 – 2:25pm Traditional Chinese Fan Dance & Cheongsam Costume Show (Wah Sing Community Centre Dancers)
2:35 – 2:45pm Chinese Red Lantern Dance (Friendship Dancers)
2:50 – 3:20pm 24 Festival Drums (Liverpool Guild of Students)
3:30 – 4pm Chinese Fusion Dance Workshop – have a go! (Movema Dance)
16:00 – 5pm A showcase of traditional and contemporary music, dance and song by Chinese students (Everyman and Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute)
5 – 5:30pm Terracotta Warriors Love – A performance inspired by the fusion of Chinese Opera, Martial arts and contemporary dance. (Pagoda Arts, Everyman and Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute).
5:30 – 6pm Chinese Fusion Dance (Movema Dance & 24 Festival Drums, Liverpool Guild of Students)
Chinese Arch/Nelson Street-
6.30pm Chinese New Year lumiere – Jingwei’s Legacy
6.40pm Pyrotechnic display
6.45pm Event ends
For more information about the events that are taking place, visit https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/cny/