Slither to the Arcadian for the Year of the Snake!

This year’s Chinese New Year celebrations on Sunday 10 February promise another s-s-s-success as Birmingham welcomes in the Year of the Snake with an afternoon of free entertainment at the Arcadian Centre.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, will mark the start of the celebration with the traditional ceremony of dotting the lion’s eyes.  Kung fu, Chinese music, traditional Chinese dance and Dragon dances are just some of the cultural entertainment that will be on offer between 12.30pm and 5.30pm when the afternoon will finish with a short firework display.

In addition to performances within the Arcadian Centre, there will be market stalls, food and children’s rides in Hurst Street from 11.30am to 5pm, which will be closed to traffic from 7am to 7pm.

The Year of the Snake is the sixth of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs. People that are born in the Year of the Snake are said to be intellectual, passionate and attractive and their ability to understand information means they are suited for research and academic studies.  Famous people born under this sign include Audrey Hepburn, Kanye West, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Daniel Radcliffe.

Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion and Equalities, Cllr John Cotton, said: “Chinese New Year is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together.  We invite everyone to come along, enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment and celebrate the Chinese New Year.”

Jeffrey Yap from the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee added, “There is something for everyone to enjoy at Birmingham’s Chinese New Year celebrations – from Dragons to dancing and from Kung Fu to Karaoke.  Please join us as we welcome in the New Year.”

The New Year is the longest festival in the Chinese calendar, and is celebrated on the first new moon of the year.  Traditionally people prepare by cleaning the house from top to bottom to sweep away any bad luck from the previous year – cleaning after New Year’s Eve is seen as very unlucky.  On New Year’s Day itself, red is often worn to ward off evil, and children can look forward to lucky red envelopes containing money.

The celebrations are organised by the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee in partnership with Birmingham City Council and other partners and sponsors.  For the full programme visit www.cnybirmingham.org.uk  or call 0121 707 4355.

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Media contact: Debbie Harrison  0121 303 4476 / 078801 80385   debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk

Notes to Editor:

•    Road closures – Hurst Street will be closed to traffic between Inge Street and Bromsgrove Street during the festival, effective from 7am to 7pm on Sunday 10 February.

The programme at Arcadian Centre is as follows:

Time    Events

12:30              Entrance of the Dragon Dance (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
12:45              Speeches
12:50              Welcoming the Chinese God of Wealth (Birmingham Chinese Women’s Association)
12:55              Children’s Dances (Overseas Chinese Association School)
13:00              Kung Fu Demonstration (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
13:10              Children’s Dances (The Birmingham Chinese School)
13:15              Jeet Kune Do Demonstration (Master Jay Leung)
13:20              Shaolin Kung Fu (Master Wang)
13:30              Chinese Karaoke Performance – Chinese Songs (Birmingham Chinese Society
Karaoke Group)
13:35              Chinese Traditional Dance (CCCB Dance Group)
13:40              Acrobatics Performance (Bai-Ling Chinese Acrobatics Co Ltd (UK))
14:40              Children’s Dances & Song (Overseas Chinese Association School)
14:45              Dragon & Lion Dance (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
15:00              Martial Arts: Kung Fu Sword (The Birmingham Chinese School)
15:05              Traditional Chinese Instrumental: Dizi (Mr Zhang)
15:15              Chinese Traditional Dance (BCS Dance Group)
15:20              Shaolin Kung Fu (Master Wang)
15:30              Acrobatics Performance (Bai-Ling Chinese Acrobatics Co Ltd (UK))
16:00              Traditional Chinese Instrumental: Gu Zheng (Ms Ying Siao)
16:10              Chinese Traditional Dance (CCCB Dance Group)
16:15              Taichi Quan (Master Wang)
16:30              Traditional Chinese Instrumental: Dizi (Mr Zhang)
16:40              Chinese Song with Dizi (CCCB Wan Cheuk Choir)
16:45              Chinese Traditional Dance (CCCB Dance Group)
16:50              Traditional Chinese Instrumental: Gu Zheng (Ms Ying Siao)
17:00              Final Appearance of the Dragon Dance (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
17:25              Firework Finale
17:30              Close

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