Nottinghamshire gets ready for the Chinese New Year
All around Nottinghamshire preparations are underway for the Chinese New Year which takes place on 19th February. This year we will be welcoming the Year of the Ram with a host of celebrations – from fireworks and dragon dances to wonderful food. Here is our round-up of some of the best events taking place . . .
Each year, Lakeside Arts Centre, on the University of Nottingham’s grounds, hosts a series of events for Chinese New Year, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over the lake. And, as the university celebrates 10 years of having a campus in China, the celebrations at Lakeside promise to be even more spectacular, with films, dancing and of course fireworks on 22nd February.
There are also a number of family workshops, performances and exhibitions, including Let the Chinese Dragon Fly, a series of Chinese state campaign posters which tap into different folk art techniques and cultural themes.
If you’re visiting Lakeside then make sure you book a table at Mr Man’s restaurant in nearby Wollaton. Serving Chinese and Malaysian food, Mr Man’s is one of the city’s favourites and you will be able to tuck into a banquet before enjoying live music, a Lion Dance and fireworks. The New Year’s celebrations take place between 15th and 21st February and tables can be booked by calling 0115 9287788.
At Chino Latino, a sophisticated Pan Asian restaurant in Nottingham, you can take advantage of 40% off the tasting menu, which normally costs £45pp until 28th February (excluding Sundays).
Famous for its belly-busting burgers, Annie’s Burger Shack is also getting in the spirit with a Hoisin burger, topped with Chinese pancakes, grilled duck breast and a Hoisin and orange sauce. There are also veggie and vegan options available.
Just outside the city, in West Bridgford, there will be more celebrations at Yumacha Brasserie on 19th and 20th February. On both nights you can enjoy a special set menu, live music along with a traditional lion dance and firecrackers. And on the Friday there is an extra special treat in store – a performance from Chinese Elvis!
Also in West Bridgford, Funky Pots will be giving you the chance to try your hand at painting a vase in a traditional Chinese style during a workshop, which takes place on 25th February. There will also be Chinese food available and the chance to meet new people.