World Museum will celebrate China’s traditional Dragon Boat Festival this weekend with a host of free events.
On 16 June visitors can enjoy performances, workshops and crafts throughout the day to mark the 16-18 June occasion, which coincides with the museum’s ongoing China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition.
Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu School will be among the performers, and there’ll also be colourful and vibrant dragon dancing on show.
Visitors can also learn Kung Fu moves during workshops, and make zodiac animal masks and learn about the Chinese calendar as part of the festival events programme.
The Dragon Boat Festival has been a public holiday in China since 2009 but has traditionally been observed in the country for more than 2,000 years, with dragon boat racing featuring as the most important part of the celebrations.
Participants race in elaborately decorated wooden boats to the sound of beating drums, with winners said to have good luck for the next year.
Dragons, which feature on the boats, are seen as symbols of power, strength and good luck in traditional Chinese culture.
Penny Arque, education manager at World Museum, says: “The Dragon Boat Festival is the latest in a number of exciting calendar dates we’re celebrating alongside our Terracotta Warriors exhibition.
“Our events showcase the vibrancy and diversity of both traditional and modern day Chinese culture.”