Preparations under way for Chinese New Year in Birmingham

By on 18/02/2015 in Culture, News

Birmingham’s Chinese community is preparing to welcome in the Year of the Sheep on Sunday, February 22, with a family friendly celebration.

Stalls and children’s rides will be open along Hurst Street and Inge Street from 11am, with a road closure in place on Hurst Street between Inge Street and Bromsgrove Street from 7am to 7pm on the day.

Organised by Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the programme begins at 12.30pm in the Arcadian Centre with the traditional Lion Dance and a welcome from the Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Mike Leddy.

An afternoon of performances from a wide range of community groups and organisations will be rounded off with the traditional Dragon Dance and fireworks at 5.30pm.

Further information, including a full programme of events, is available at


Notes to Editors

Also known as the Year of the Goat, over the past century the Year of the Sheep has fallen in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003.

People born in the Year of the Sheep are said to be tender, polite, clever and kind-hearted, with special sensitivity to art and beauty. However, they are also said to be worriers who are shy, pessimistic, moody, indecisive and over-sensitive.

Famous people born in the Year of the Sheep include Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Rudolph Valentino, Orville Wright, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Jane Austen, John Wayne, Laurence Olivier and Robert De Niro.

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