If this is your first time celebrating Chinese New Year in Liverpool you're in for a real treat! There is a whole host of exciting and immersive events going on across the city over the next couple of weeks and our student community play a huge part in making them as successful as they are every year.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Liverpool’s twinning with Shanghai, and it’s all about the Pig!
From Monday (28th Jan), thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn city centre streets and Chinatown - the perfect selfie opportunity! As well as the lanterns, a number of buildings across Liverpool, including Bombed Out Church, St Georges Hall and Liverpool One, will be lighting up red in homage to China.
FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY - SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
On the 8 and 9 February between 7 - 7.45pm, there will be lion dancing and Chinese influenced street theatre in and around the Chinatown arch, which will build up to a unique projection and pyrotechnic show. Called ‘The Quest for the Arch’, the projections follow the journey of a little girl and a pig from Shanghai to Liverpool.
There will also be a pre-parade down Bold Street at 1pm to get you ready for the main event the next day.
SUNDAY 10TH FEBRUARY (11.30am - 6.45pm)
The big parade! A number of street and stage performances, family workshops, a fairground, firecracker displays and of course the popular Chinese market will all be back! You can see the full line up and timetable here.
The family friendly activities will take place in and around Great George Square and Nelson Street.
The 'Quest for the Arch' lumiere and pyrotechnic show will also take place on Sunday 10 February from 6pm.
As well as next weekend there is loads going on throughout the month - make sure you don't miss out by checking out Culture Liverpool for the full programme of events.