The Tiger roars in Chinese New Year!

By on 14/02/2010 in News

Blue skies and cheering crowds welcomed in the Chinese New Year at Birmingham's Aracadian Centre on Sunday 14 February.

The Year of the Tiger started with a bang as traditional firecrackers and clashing cymbals marked the entrance of the spectacular Dragon Dancers.

Council Leader Mike Whitby was invited to perform the traditional Chinese ceremony of 'dotting the eyes of the dragon' to bring it to life before acrobats, musicians and singers entertained a capacity crowd in a fun-packed programme of events.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: “Chinese New Year is one of the key community events in Birmingham and I am pleased that it was supported by such a diverse audience of families, young people and older generations.  Once again it has brought people together from all over the city as well as visitors from much further afield.”

A brand new addition to the celebrations was a performance area in the foyer of Birmingham Hippodrome and market stalls in Hurst Street.

The celebrations were organised by the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee with support from Birmingham City Council and other sponsors.  For the full programme visit or call 0121 303 3008.


Media contact: David Middleton
0121 303 3318 or 07766 923 352 

Notes to Editors

Programme of entertainment was as follows:

  • 12:30  Entrance of the Dragon Dance & Firecrackers
  • 12:40  Speeches
  • 12:50  Chinese New Year Songs (Birmingham Chinese Women's Association)
  • 13:00  Acrobatics Performance (Bai Ling Chinese Acrobats Co Ltd)
  • 14:00  Dragon Dance on poles  Kung Fu demonstration
  • 14:40  Children's Dances (Overseas Chinese Association School)
  • 14:50  Chinese Opera Performance (Pak Ming Opera)
  • 15:05  Children's Dance (Birmingham Chinese School)
  • 15:15  Acrobatics Performance (Bai Ling Chinese Acrobats Co Ltd)
  • 16:15  Chinese Dance (CCCB)
  • 16:25  Final Appearance of the Dragon Dance
  • 16:30  Close

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  1. Winston Yap says:

    Please see the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee official website for more information about the event: