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Things to do Chinese New Year 2018

15 February 2018 | Sian Brett

16th February marks the turn of the Chinese Calendar, and all across the country events will be taking place to celebrate the Spring Festival. Traditionally a celebration full of light, colour, and food that lasts for 15 days, most of the happenings across the country fall on the first weekend of the new Chinese year. We’ve picked out what look to be the most exciting thigs to do for Chinese New Year 2018.

Experience Classical Chinese Music in Edinburgh
Featuring some of the best British-Chinese musicians, including the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, watching this stellar collection of musicians and performers is the perfect way to celebrate Chinese culture in all its glory. As well as this, The Three Sisters will host dragon and lion dances, and Old Street will house the return of the Chinese street food festival, accompanied by live music all day long.


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The Chinese New Year 2018 Official Concert at Usher Hall is on Thursday 22 February. The Three Sisters Chinese New Year Street Food Pop Up is on Friday 16 Feb, starting at midday.
 
Chinatown Takes Over in London – Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown
Outside Asia, the largest new year celebrations take place in London, and this year will be no different. From the traditional lion dance and dragon parade starting on Charing Cross Road and making its way down to Chinatown, to live performances taking place in Trafalgar Square, the centre of London is going to be jam-packed full of events. In Chinatown itself, there’s not only plenty of options for food but even more cultural lion dances and craft stalls lining the streets. It will be a hard one to miss.


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London’s Chinese New Year events will take place on Sunday 18 February, with live events in Trafalgar square from 12pm, and the parade from Charing Cross at 10am.
 
Chinese Firecrackers in Birmingham
Birmingham promises to play host to its biggest ever celebration of Chinese New Year, including a five-hour programme of free performances, lantern making classes and the traditional dance of the dragon taking place around the street food and stalls. The whole event will end with a firecracker display that you won’t want to miss.


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Festivities for Chinese New Year in Birmingham will take place on Sunday 18 Feb from 11.30am.
 
Do Chinese New Year with Class in Oxford
Blenheim Palace will open up its grounds for a family fun day featuring lion dances, Kung Fu demonstrations and music throughout the day. If that’s not enough, the Great Hall will be festooned with traditional lanterns, perfect for Instagram opportunities.


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Blenheim Palace Chinese New Year activities will be taking place on Saturday 17 Feb, from 11.30am to 3pm, Palace, Park and Gardens admission is required.
 
Visit Manchester’s Gold Dragon
As well as the thousands of red lanterns which will adorn the city to celebrate the new year, there’s a whole host of events happening across the city. The Golden Dragon will be once again making an appearance in St. Ann’s Square, which will also be the site of the Chinese Street Food Market. Once again, the traditional Dragon Parade will make its way through the city centre, starting in Albert Square and making its way to Chinatown. Harvey Nichols will also be getting involved in the festivities, offering complimentary drinks, DJ sets, and tastings over the weekend’s celebrations.


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The street food market will be taking place from Saturday 17 Feb to Sunday 18 Feb, with the Dragon Parade on Sunday 18 Feb. More information about what Manchester are doing to celebrate Chinese New Year can be found here.
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