Celebrate Chinese New Year in Nottinghamshire
Tomorrow marks the start of the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse – and if you’re in Nottinghamshire you can look forward to a full programme of events including stunning fireworks displays, traditional music and dance and delicious banquets. Here is our round-up of what’s on around the county.
Perhaps the biggest celebration takes place at Lakeside Arts Centre which is in the grounds of Nottingham University. The event, which takes place on Sunday, will be presented by BBC Radio Nottingham’s Mark Dennison and will see live performances on the outdoor stage including a Lion Dance and a Dragon Dance. It will culminate in a colourful fireworks finale over the lake.
If you want to sample a traditional Chinese New Year banquet then head to nearby Mr Man’s where you can look forward to delicious food, live music, fireworks and a lion dance. Meanwhile at the Oriental Pearl in West Bridgford there will be traditional food and dance. To check availability and to book call 0115 9455048.
Youngsters and their families are invited to take part in a day of Chinese Dragons and Lanterns afternoon at the Civic Centre in Arnold this Saturday. There will be an opportunity to make lanterns, costumes, fans, crackers, a dragon mask and listen to Chinese stories before a grand lantern parade around the lake at Arnot Hill Park.
Meanwhile in Beeston there will be a day of celebration on Saturday morning starting at 10am with a traditional lion dance. Visitors will be able to enjoy martial arts and dance displays, along with Chinese music, arts and crafts and food. At Nottingham’s Theatre Royal there will be a Chinese New Year Gala on 7th February which includes Chinese classical music performance and folk dance.
The top picture was taken by Notts resident Gerry Molumby at Lakeside Arts Centre.