Lion dancing, street theatre and a pyrotechnic show at the Chinese Arch will help Liverpool welcome in Chinese New Year 2019.
The three-day celebration running from Friday 8 February will also mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s twinning with Shanghai.
The Year of the Pig festivities will be focused around the ornate entrance to Liverpool’s historic Chinatown, which was gifted to the city by Shanghai two decades ago as a symbol of the twinning relationship.
From 7pm on 8 and 9 February, there will be lion dancing and Chinese influenced street theatre in and around the arch, which will build up to a projection and pyrotechnic show at the arch, and on surrounding buildings.
Called ‘The Quest for the Arch’, the projections follow the journey of a little girl and a pig from Shanghai to Liverpool.
The soundtrack will provided by former Public Image Ltd bassist Jah Wobble and will feature a live element to the performance.
The Chinese arch street entertainment, the lumiere and pyrotechnic show will also take place on Sunday 10 February from 6pm.
Building up to Sunday’s main day of celebrations, from 28 January, thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn city centre streets and Chinatown, and a number of buildings including St Luke’s Church, Everyman & Playhouse theatres and Sefton Park Palm House will turn red in homage to China.
Sunday (10 February) will see the usual celebrations take place, which last year attracted around 25,000 people. They include a number of street and stage performances, family workshops, a fairground, parades, firecracker displays and a Chinese market on George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and Chinese food.
Digital experts Illuminos have created the lumiere ‘The Quest for the Arch’ in partnership with Pagoda Arts, First Take and Jah Wobble.