Updated January 21, 2014
Dancing dragons, unicorns and lions, firecrackers and fireworks displays, martial arts demonstrations and all kinds of Chinese nibbles. It must be Chinese New Year!
In 2013, cities and towns all over the UK welcome the Year of the Horse on or near February 2. Here's the rundown:
- Birmingham Sunday, February 2, loads of free events at The Arcadian in the Chinese Quarter from 11:30 with a stage program from 12:30 until 5:30pm. Chinese Acrobats, singing, the Chinese Dragon Dance and Martial Arts. Hurst Street will be pedestrianised for the day. At least 30,000 people turn out for all the free events. Find more at the Birmingham Chinese New Year website.
- Chatham, Kent A small town but a big party. The third largest Chinese festival in the UK. In 2014, The Year of the Horse will be doubly welcomed. On Saturday, February 1, the Chatham High Street will be full of entertainers, dragon dancers, food and craft stalls For a Chinese New Year Preview. Then, on Sunday, February 9 the Medway Chinese New Year Parade sets along Chatham High Street at noon.
- Liverpool Did you know that Liverpool's Chinese Arch is the largest outside of China? As always, the arch, on Nelson Street, is where the oldest Chinese community in Europe celebrates. February 2 is the date in 2014 and there will be everything from a mass Tai Chi demonstration and a dragaon and lion dance parade, to a Taste of China festival and a firecracker display. Check the Chinese community website for all the events.
- London, Trafalgar Square Traditionally, the London Chinatown Chinese Association celebrates on the first Sunday after Chinese New Year. That's February 2 in 2014, the Year of the Horse. Events kick off with a grand parade along the Strand, Charing Cross Road and Shaftsbury Avenue followed by Trafalgar Square festivities. International artists, both Chinese and Western opera, and a firecracker demonstration over Leicestser Square that promises to be deafening. It's all happening between 10am and 6pm.
- Manchester puts on the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in the north. in 2012, 65,000 people turned out to celebrate. In 2014, the main Chinese New Year festivities, including Dragon and Lion Dancing by Master Chu, Kung Fu demonstrations, folk dance performances, fireworks and A spectacular Golden Dragon Parade will take place between January 30 and February 2, but the city will be wearing red for the Year of the Horse from January 18. Find out more.
- Newcastle-Gateshead is planning a giant celebration on February 9 in 2014, with special events and activities for the whole family. Parades, firecrackers, banquets and Chinese acrobats are all scheduled Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Stowell Street and around the city's Chinese arch. But Newcastle turns Chinese New Year into a many splendoured thing, with loads of events in the days and weeks leading up to the big day. Puppet and basket workshops, exhibitions and performances are all part of the fun. Find full details here
- Nottingham really goes to town for Chinese New Year, with entertaiment and fireworks from 4 to 6:15p.m. at the Lakeside Arts Centre on February 2. There's a full schedule of workshops and events leading up to the big day. Check out the Brochure for a full schedule.
- Sheffield stages a Chinese New Year Show, from 7pm. at Sheffield City Hall, February 4,2014. Admission charged.