A weekend of spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations will get underway as Liverpool welcomes the Year of the Dog.
From 7pm tonight (Friday 16 February) a three-day programme of entertainment will take place in the city as part of the Liverpool 2018 ‘China Dream’ season.
The festivities join the ongoing ‘China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ exhibition at the World Museum, and the free contemporary ‘PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art’ display at St George’s Hall in the programme.
Here’s the full line-up of entertainment for this weekend’s celebrations:
16 & 17 February
- 7pm: There’ll be an illuminated dragon and lion dance by Hung Gar Kung Fu, along with performances by Chinese and British students in traditional Chinese dress and inspired by the Warring State and Hip Hop – a partnership by Pagoda Arts, Everyman and Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute.
- 7.30-8.30pm: A 12-minute newly commissioned projection entitled ‘Jingwei’s Legacy’ will light up Chinatown’s Chinese Arch, the Black-E and former Scandinavian Hotel Building The Arch, and will be shown four times.
- 11.30am-12.15pm: Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association) on the Great George Square Stage.
- 11.45am: A dragon and lion parade will set off from the Black-E, followed by a Unicorn parade starting outside Nelson Street’s Chung Wah supermarket at 12.15pm. Both parades will meet at around 1pm in Great George Square for a firecracker display before continuing on separate routes to finish from 3.30pm.
- 12:20–1pm: Flower Drums, Fan Tai Chi, Dance and Happy Dance! by Pagoda Arts on the Great George Square Stage.
- 1:45–2pm:A martial arts demonstration by Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association on the Great George Square Stage.
- 2:05–2:25pm: Traditional Chinese fan dance and Cheongsam costume show by Wah Sing Community Centre Dancers in Great George Square.
- 2:35–2:45pm: Friendship Dancers’ Chinese Red Lantern Dance on the Great George Square Stage.
- 2:50–3:20pm: Liverpool Guild of Students’ 24 Festival Drums on the Great Georgre Square Stage.
- 3:30–4pm: Chinese fusion dance workshop by Movema Dance on the Great George Square Stage.
- 16:00–5pm: Everyman and Playhouse and the Liverpool Confucius Institute showcase music, dance and song by Chinese students on the Great George Square Stage.
- 5–5:30pm: Pagoda Arts, Everyman and Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute present ‘Terracotta Warriors Love’ on the Great George Square Stage.
- 5:30–6pm: Chinese fusion dance by Movema Dance & 24 Festival Drums, Liverpool Guild of Students in Great George Square.
- 6.30pm: ‘Jingwei’s Legacy’ lights up Chinatown once again.
- 6.40pm: A pyrotechnic display around the Chinese Arch/Nelson Street area brings the weekend of festivities to a close.