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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 – 4:30pm

This year Great George Square will feature a new and exciting family zone with our little pagodas, family arts workshops, street theatre, art installations and the Black-e Youth Circus Aerial performance. Come along and see the Chinese Opera characters, beautiful performances, and make something special to take home.


Chinese New Year Stage

11:00 – 11:30am Pagoda Arts – Flower Drums & Fan Tai Chi

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.

11:35 – 12:15pm Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in partnership 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 – 12:40pm Wah Sing – Traditional Chinese Dance & Cultural 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.


12:35 – 1:00pm Pagoda Arts – Dance, Tai Chi, Happy Dance!

The Clapping Hands is one of the most popular exercises in China at the moment.

Early each morning, people will gather in the park to do a series of Clapping Hands exercises to help with circulation. Further activities will be available at Pagoda Arts Centre until 3.00pm.


1.00pm – 2.00pm Firecracker Display – Lucky Man, Dragon and Unicorn

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!


2:00 – 2:15pm Hung Gar Kung Fu School – Martial Arts Demonstration


2:20 – 2:30pm tbc


2:35 –3:10 pm 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

3:20 – 4:30pm Liverpool Confucius Institute and Everyman & Playhouse (Chinese Opera Character performance)

Mrs Liu Pagoda Arts and Everyman Playhouse present some of the elaborately dressed characters from Classical Chinese opera to interact with the public in the street with a spectacular, choreographed sequence depicting the King and dancing ladies welcoming the soldiers back from war.

  • Traditional Music: with traditional Chinese instruments
  • Song: modern Chinese songs and traditional song.
  • Dance: including traditional lotus dance, Dai Ethnic dance and sleeve ribbon dance
  • Magician: magic show including traditional rings trick
  • Chinese Opera: performance with 18 traditional characters in elaborate costumes on the theme of the celebrations of the return from war

4:30pm CLOSE


5:00 – 6:00pm Chinese New Year Lumiere – Jingwei & the Ocean

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. Based on the story of the emperor’s daughter who, after perishing at sea, is transformed into a bird and endeavors to fill the ocean with twigs and stones to prevent anyone else from meeting the same fate. Read the full background here.


6:00pm End of Day


Event Date: Sunday 29th January – Monday 30th January 2017

Contact Details

Culture Liverpool, Tel: 0151 233 2008


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