Chinese New Year 2022: day of free performances and online event to be held at Bullring

A number of free events will take place at the Bullring next month to celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is now just a matter of weeks away and will see the citizens of China and parts of Asia, as well as Chinese communities across the globe, celebrate.

Chinese New Year will take place on Tuesday 1 February 2022.

The previous lunar year ran from 12 February 2021 and ends on 31 January 202, and this year will be the year of the tiger.

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    Although the annual Chinese New Year festival celebrations in and around the Arcadian centre will not take place this year due to Covid, traditional celebrations will be taking place at the Bullring.

    On Saturday 5 February, between 12 and 5pm, there will be a range of free performances.

    Shoppers and visitors to the city centre can enjoy the traditional, and much loved, lion dance and processions through Bullring and Grand Central, as well as a packed programme featuring fan dancers, shaolin monks and face changing dancers.

    The plans have been put in place by Birmingham Hippodrome and supported by the Chinese Festival Committee, Birmingham and Chinese Community Centre Birmingham.

    You can also watch celebrations online as they will be streamed live later on in the evening on the same day through the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham Facebook page.

    The online celebrations will take place from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday 5 February, and will also include lion dances and processions, as well as performances.

    You will be able to watch the live event by using the link, here.

    Chinatown will still be open during this time for you to enjoy the great food and venues it has to offer.

    A University of Birmingham Lunar New Year concert will be taking place on January 27.

    The concert will take place at the university’s music building.

    The event will feature performances by artists Didi Xiao, Eimear McGeown, Euphoria China, and for the first time, students in China studying at the university’s joint institute with partner Jinan University.

    The concert is free to attend, but as tickets are limited. you can order here.

    ‘The celebrations will mark the start of another exciting year of cultural events’

    Danielle Bozward, Marketing Manager at Bullring and Grand Central, said: “Our Chinese New Year celebrations in 2020 had a wonderful response from visitors and we are so pleased to be working with Birmingham Hippodrome and the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham to bring Chinese New Year back to Bullring and Grand Central.

    “The lion dance procession is a firm favourite in our calendar and we look forward to shoppers joining us for a day of celebrations.”

    Graham Callister, Director of Festivals at Birmingham Hippodrome added: “The celebrations will mark the start of another exciting year of cultural events produced with Bullring & Grand Central. Chinese New Year is one of our favourite annual community events we produce.”

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