Happy CNY 2018! Chinese New Year is here!

It is that day again, to celebrate CNY! A time for fun, food, fireworks and celebration.

In the UK we will be celebrating as we welcome in the year of the dog. Cities across the UK will be hosting events to mark the beginning of this new year. London, Bangor, Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle are just a few of the places seeing in the Chinese New Year in style.


In London on Saturday from 12pm Trafalgar Square will be full of activity! There will be dancing, martial arts, hip hop and of course dim sum. Over at the China Exchange there will also be a tea blending workshop! See more information about what is happening here.


In Bangor, North Wales, the Pontio Cinema is screening Chinese films over the weekend. The foyer will also have a whole range of activities including calligraphy and the painting of traditional Beijing opera masks. Find film listings here.


With a large Chinese population, Manchester knows how to celebrate Chinese New Year! On the 17th and 18th there will be a food festival in St Ann’s Square. For your musical fix, Chinese musician Henry Fung is playing at the Manchester Art Gallery on Sunday at 7pm. On Sunday it is the day of the dragon parade, which ends at 6pm with a fireworks display. Find more information here.


Packed with events, Liverpool’s celebration  begins tonight (16th February but runs over three days) with a light show at places such as the Chinese Arch and the Black-E. Along with a hip-hop themed dance, a big event will be the giant dragon and lion parade, featuring members of Hung Gar Kung Fu. This takes place at 7pm on  Saturday and ends at Liverpool One. Find more details here.


Newcastle have made this years Chinese New Year a truly community experience by crowd funding the events. The results are a scheduled parade for the first year. It features everything you could want – dancing, dragons, drums, lanterns and food! Find more information here.

Gong Hei Fat Choy! Sen-nin Feye-lor! Happy Chinese New Year!

Dave Horn

Kappu Education Blogger and Researcher




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