Bunny Hop into Chinese New Year

By on 03/02/2011 in Culture, News

The Chinese Quarter will be awash with red and gold on Sunday 6 February as the annual Chinese New Year celebrations bounce into Birmingham to welcome in the Year of the Rabbit with an afternoon of free entertainment at the Arcadian Centre.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Len Gregory, and the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Mike Whitby, will mark the start of the celebration with the traditional ceremony of dotting the dragon's eyes, followed by an exciting dragon and lion dance and traditional Chinese firecrackers.  Dragon dances, acrobatics, kung fu and karaoke are just some of the cultural entertainment that will be on offer between 12 noon and 4.30pm when the afternoon will finish with a short firework display.

In addition to performances within the Arcadian Centre, there will also be market stalls, food and children's rides in Hurst Street, which will be closed to traffic from 7am to 7pm.  For the first time there will also be a screen so you can follow the action on stage while visiting the stalls.

The Year of the Rabbit is the fourth of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs. People that are born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be articulate, talented and ambitious!  Famous people born under this sign include Joan Crawford, Tina Turner, Roger Moore and David Beckham.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said: “This will be a fantastic afternoon with some spectacular free entertainment on offer.  Community events like this show how culturally diverse Birmingham is and we invite people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and celebrate the Chinese 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 with support from Birmingham City Council and other partners and sponsors.  For the full programme visit www.cnybirmingham.org.uk  or call 0121 303 3008.

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Media contact: Debbie Harrison  0121 303 4476 or 07766 923 352
debbie.harrison@birmingham.gov.uk

Campaign and Communications Team, House of Sport, 300 Broad Street, Birmingham B1 1TZ
Tel: 0121 303 4514 / Fax: 0121 303 4943

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 6 February.
       
Programme of entertainment

  • 12.00 Entrance of the Dragon Dance & Firecrackers (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
  • 12.10 Speeches
  • 12.20 Welcoming the Chinese God of Wealth (Birmingham Chinese Women's Association)
  • 12.30 Kung Fu Demonstration (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
  • 12.40 Acrobatics Performance (Bai-Ling Chinese Acrobatics Co Ltd (UK))
  • 13.55 Children's Dances (Overseas Chinese Association School)
  • 14.00 Dragon Dance on Poles (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
  • 14.20 Chinese Karaoke Performance - Chinese Songs (Birmingham Chinese Society Karaoke Group)
  • 14.30 Children's Kung Fu (Overseas Chinese Association School)
  • 14.40 Children's Dance (The Birmingham Chinese School)
  • 14.50 Chinese Traditional Dance (CCCB Dance Group)
  • 14.55 Acrobatics Performance (Bai-Ling Chinese Acrobatics Co Ltd (UK))
  • 15.55 Chinese Traditional Dance (CCCB Dance Group)
  • 16.00 Final Appearance of the Dragon Dance and Drum Performance (Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu Academy)
  • 16.25 Firework display
  • 16.30 Close

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