Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! 新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year!
Join us in 2024 as we welcome the Year of the Dragon during our Lunar New Year celebrations.
Nestled on the south side of Liverpool city centre is the iconic Chinese Ceremonial Archway. Standing tall and visible from afar, it provides an impressive entrance to Chinatown, home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. A popular tourist attraction, it is a beacon of fortune and the focal point for people to gather to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
This year, we are thrilled to be able to host this age-old tradition in person once again. Symbolic Chinese lanterns will adorn the city, buildings will be lit up red, the dragon, lion and unicorn will parade the streets and the stage will return to Great George Square to host a programme of live performances. There will also be plenty of Chinese food to sample from the many food stalls, art workshops with make and do activities as well as street theatre, storytelling and the popular funfair.
Expanding the celebrations, you can also expect new and exciting commissions by outdoor art experts Walk The Plank and Focal Studios and fiery thrill-seekers Bring The Fire, which will see vibrant Dragon inspired action with fire, flames, projections and street animation taking place across St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Liverpool BID, Liverpool ONE and the Royal Albert Dock.
As 2024 welcomes the Year of the Dragon, we invite you to join in on the celebrations. But don’t worry if you can’t make it, there is plenty to enjoy online from the comfort of your own home with a selection of activities and archive footage available before and after the main event.
Celebrations begin on Friday 9 February and continue until Sunday 11 February, with a not to be missed grand finale.
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This event has been organised by Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team in partnership with the Liverpool Chinese Business Association and support from Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Liverpool ONE, Arts Council England, Canal & River Trust, Liverpool BID Company and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.