Chinese New Year Celebrations showing a traditional Chinese Dragon

What's happening for Chinese New Year in Liverpool? 

2019 sees the arrival of the year of the Pig. With Liverpool being home to the oldest Chinese Community in Europe and home to the largest Chinese Arch outside of mainland China it's only right that the city comes together to celebrate in style. 

The celebrations will take place across the weekend 8 - 10 February. 

Friday 8 February & Saturday 9 February

Nelson Street / Chinese Arch
Peaks of China
7pm - 7.30pm

Pagoda Arts, Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Conficus Institute come together to create a colourful and vibrant spectacle featuring costume, dance and music featuring traditional Chinese Opera and Urban Hip Hop Dance. 

Spectators can meet characters and experience Chinese fashion and dance. The performers will wear handcrafted costumes and will perform to specially comissioned music. 

Nelson Street / Chinese Arch 
Traditional Lion and Dragon Dance
7pm - 7.15pm

The Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association will bring The Traditional Lion and Dragon Dance to the streets of Chinatown. The traditional dance symbolises good luck and good fortune. The dance banishes the winter monster and welcomes the Spring season. 

Nelson Street / Chinese Arch 
7pm - 7.45pm 

A stunning projection will take over the space and buildings in this part of Chinatown. The projection will follow the story of little Jingwei and her friend Piggy. The projection will echo the Chinese novel, 'Journey to the West.'

Sunday 10 February 

Nelson Street and Berry Street
Traditional Chinese Lion, Dragon & Unicorn Dance 
11.30am - 6.30pm

Join the fun as the celebrations start when the Dragon and Lion arrive outside The Black-E and the Unicorn on Nelson Street to greet the community.

Great George Square Stage
11.30am - 17.15pm

There will be an extensive animation programme on stage at Great George Square featuring Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi, Pagoda Arts, Wah Sing Community Centre Dancers, Trditional Chinese Dancers and more. 

Great George Square  
Spectacular Firecracker Display - Lucky Man New Year Greeting

Enjoy the spectacular firecracker display with music and a special appearance from the ‘Lucky Man’ handing out red envelopes to children, Martial Arts Demonstration.

Nelson Street / Chinese Arch
6pm - 6.15pm

Traditional Lion and Dragon Dance - The Liverpool Hung Gar Kung fu Friendship Association 

Nelson Street / Chinese Arch
6pm - 6.30pm

Peaks of China - Pagoda Artsm Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute

Nelson Street / Chinese Arch
6pm - 6.30pm

Movema Dance & 24 Festival Drums

Liverpool's Great Race
From 1 February 

Huge images designed by a local artist called Cherie Grist will appear on walls or in shop windows across Liverpool City Centre. The images will make up the 12 aninals of the Chinese zodiac. 

Look out for the locations of the Ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 

The Augmented Reality Trail
2 February - 10 February 

Experience Jingwei and Piggys journey from East to West whilst exploring Liverpool Chinatown. Search for the signs on the augmented reality trail using the official map. Each sign will come alive and play a short film. 

For more information go to the Culture Liverpool website.