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Chinese New Year Street Theatre

Chinese New Year Street Theatre

Throughout Chinese New Year there are lots of different activities happening around the City Centre – Great George Square has a busy day of activities that you can take part in and come along and see – for a full timetable, just take a look below.

Family Zone & Stage: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Adjacent to the Great George Square Stage, the Family Zone will be animated throughout the afternoon with activities for the young and old including Shadow Puppet Theatre with VIP Puppets, New Year Lantern-making Workshop with Pagoda Arts and Chinese Arts Workshop with Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute.

Great George Square Stage

11:30 – 12:15pm Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association)

  • Yang Style Tai Chi
  • Simplified Tai Chi Sword
  • Yang Style Broad Sword
  • Tai Chi Fan
  • Yang Style Tai Chi Sword

12:20 – 1:00pm Pagoda Arts – Flower Drums, Fan Tai Chi, Dance and Happy Dance!

Pagoda Arts will be performing various traditional Chinese New Year acts. The Flower Drumming is a traditional festival parade, where everyone from the village or town can join, with its simple steps and rhythms. People will be waving their drums, cymbals, ribbons, or dress up in different costumes parading the street to chase away bad luck and welcoming the wealth and good luck to the coming year.

1.05pm – 1.45pm Firecracker Display – Lucky Man, Dragon and Unicorn Parades

Symbolising the “sounding out” of the old year and “sounding in” the new year, it’s a traditional Chinese custom to set off firecrackers when the New Year clock strikes. This firecracker display is one not to be missed as the Lucky Man joins the Dragon and Unicorn to see in the New Year!

1:45pm – 2:00pm Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association – Martial Arts Demonstration

2:05pm – 2:25pm Wah Sing Community Centre Dancers – Traditional Chinese Fan Dance & Cheongsam Costume Show

Group dance with colourful costume. The style of dance is very popular in China today. People tend to mingle in a group and follow some routine sequences both entertaining and exercising for good health.

Cultural/Traditional Ethnic Costumes – There are 52 different ethnic minority groups in China here are an example of a few. Plus examples of Qipao, the kind of dress like leg length very long blouse. It was becoming more fashionable in the last 100 years in China.

2:35pm – 2:45 pm Friendship Dancers – Chinese Red Lantern Dance

2:50pm – 3:20pm 24 Festival Drums, Liverpool Guild of Students

3:30pm – 4:00pm Movema Dance – Chinese Fusion Dance Workshop – have a go!

Movema is an exciting and dynamic company specialising in world dance.  The expert team will be delivering quality workshops by using dance from around the globe to engage, educate and entertain.

“Movema” means ‘to move’ in St Lucian Patois. Pronounced ‘MOO-veh-ma’.

4:00pm – 5:10pm – Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute

A showcase of traditional and contemporary music, dance and song by Chinese students in a partnership between Everyman and Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute.

5:00pm – 5:30pm – Terracotta Warriors’ Love

A performance inspired by the fusion of Chinese Opera, Martial Arts and contemporary dance set in the time of Emporer Qin’s reign, telling the story of the savagely fierce warriors who are victorious, battle after battle, and of the exhausted men’s dreams of peace and love and their sacrifice of life.

Performed by Chinese and British students in traditional handcrafted costumers to music commissioned by Culture Liverpool for the Lumiere and inspired by the Warring State and Hip Hop. A partnership by Pagoda Arts, Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute.

5:30pm – 6:00pm – Chinese Fuesion Dance – Movema Dance and 24 Festival Drums, Liverpool Guild of Students


6:30pm – 7:00pm Chinese New Year Lumiere – Jingwei Legacy

This spectacular light and sound show takes place in Liverpool’s Chinatown at the junction of Berry St, Great George Street, Nelson St, Chinese Arch. Continuing 2017’s story of the ancient and mythical Jingwei bird, the projections will tell a story of the mythical Jingwei bird, exploring the vibrant Chinese community in the city. Read the full background here.

7:00pm End of Day

Event Date: Sunday 18th February – Sunday 18th February 2018


Location: Chinatown, Liverpool

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Contact Details

Culture Liverpool, Tel: 0151 233 2008

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