Chinese New Year is upon us once again and here in Liverpool it’s set to be as amazing as ever. With the city having the oldest Chinese community in Europe, the celebrations are always extremely popular and this year will be no exception. This weekend promises a fun and colourful schedule of events packed full of culture, a true celebration of the city’s Chinese heritage. Below are just a few of the attractions and events that are on offer this year, the year of the goat (or sheep, its debatable). For all you final years, this might be your last year to experience this fantastic cultural phenomenon, one of the biggest in the UK.
The Black-E, 1 Great George Street. 11-5pm, Saturday-Sunday.
A couple of days jam packed with Tai Chi and other Martial arts demonstrations, mainly family oriented from circus workshops and mask making (it might be aimed at kids but you never know when this might come in handy for a fancy dress party) to being able to play alongside the Liverpool Chinese Table Tennis Club. The Black-E youth circus and dancing Lion will also be making an appearance, and with entry being so cheap it’s well worth a nosy and won’t break the bank.
Entry prices: Saturday- donation, Sunday- £2 for adults, £1 for children.
Chinese street market “Taste of China”. Great George Street, 11am-4pm, Sunday.
Boasting a huge variety of Chinese-themed stands ranging from arts and crafts, quirky gifts and of course traditional Chinese cuisine, this is the part of the celebrations I’m most looking forward to, as it promises to be fantastic for foodies like me, and is a welcome break from Wok n’ Go.
“The Year of the Goat” presented by Pagoda Arts. Pagoda Arts, Henry Street. 10am-3pm Thursday- Sunday.
An exhibition of traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, supplemented by a range of workshops of arts and crafts activities. If you wish to join in one of the workshops for Sunday, it is suggested to book a day in advance so get on it today if you want to get involved in tomorrows activities.
Traditional Street Parade of the Dragon and Lion. Nelson Street and Berry Street 12-3.30pm, Sunday.
This is always the most popular and well known event of the celebrations, and is hands down the best display I have ever seen, centred on the streets of China town. Definitely go and see this if you are a final year and haven’t seen it before, you will regret it if you miss it! It’s a spectacle you won’t see in many other places in the UK. The celebrations just wouldn’t be the same without the colourful display of traditional costumes, music and firecrackers, but if you are planning on going to see the spectacle then I’d suggest you go a little earlier to get a good spot, particularly if you want to get up close for photography opportunities.
Firecracker display. Great George Square, 1pm, Sunday.
Like the street parade, this is always a hugely popular spectacle so if you want to see it up close then get there early. This event is only on once in the day, so make sure you don’t miss it! Just a warning, the firecracker display is EXTREMELY loud, so you might not want to get too close if you are of a nervous disposition.