Celebrate Chinese New Year in Nottinghamshire


The Year of the Rooster is almost here, and we can’t wait to start celebrating. There’s a lot going on around our beautiful county so keep on reading to find out top places to check out.

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To celebrate the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, a new FREE event will showcase Chinese culture in Nottingham’s Old Market Square on 21st January from 11am till 4pm. There will be 22 marquees offering plenty of activities for families to get involved with, including: Chinese food and drink vendors, arts and craft stalls, learn calligraphy, traditional Chinese brush painting, story telling, and much more.


There’s a lot going on at the Nottingham Lakeside Arts this year including the impressive illumination display on the walls of Trent Building. Nottingham-based digital artist Barret Hodgson will transform the south side of the building beside the lake, with projections which capture contemporary and traditional elements of Chinese art and culture, including Jiang Hongsheng’s signature peony brush painting and music from Ling Peng. It’s a FREE event but booking is essential, find out dates, times and how to book here.


While you’re at the campus, go and see the Yuan-Hsiung Wang And Xue Qian: Traditional Artisans In South West China exhibition at Wallner Gallery at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. The exhibition showcases work of traditional artisans whose crafts are rapidly disappearing in the contemporary world. You’ve got until Monday 13th March to see the exhibition. Admission is FREE.


You can also join brush painting sessions at Lakeside’s Visual Arts Studio on Wednesday 18, Thursday 19,Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January from 6.30pm till 8.30pm. Learn how to paint plum blossom and bamboo in one or more of these sessions, and create a beautiful piece of your own to take home. This workshop costs £7 and is suitable for 16+. It’s essential you book in advance. Find out more here.


If you’re in the Arnold area on 28th January between 1pm and 4.30pm check out an arts and crafts afternoon with a Chinese New Year theme.  The arts and crafts afternoon will also include traditional Lion Dance, and Chinese stories and songs. The events take place at The Civic Centre and are FREE but booking is essential. Find out more here.


If you’re up for a celebration in February, Theatre Royal has got just the thing. See a stunning dance performance on 9th February at 7pm. It’s a unique opportunity to see the only national-level performance group representing China’s ethnic minorities. The company has over 300 members representing 36 ethnic groups, and has performed in over 70 countries. This is their first performance in Nottingham so don’t miss it. Find out more here.

Posted on 13 January 2017
Featured author: Kinga

Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

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