Chinese New Year

Newcastle is gearing up for the city’s most impressive Chinese New Year celebrations to date.

The Year of the Dog begins on Friday 16 February and celebrations in the city will last for 15 days.

The main event, the parade, will take place on Sunday 18 February and will start in the city centre for the first time this year to give more people the chance to enjoy the celebrations.

More spectators than ever will be able to watch performances which will start at Old Eldon Square and bring the city alive with colour all the way to Stowell Street.

Parade organisers, the Chinese Festivity Group, had applied for funding from the new Crowdfund Newcastle Culture grants programme, in order to allow a bigger audience to celebrate with the Chinese community.

Amanda Chan, of the Chinese Festivity Group, said: “We have been honoured and humbled by the amount of support and encouragement we’ve received for the parade.

“It just shows the amazing generosity of the people of Newcastle and how important the Chinese New Year celebrations are to the local community.”

The parade, with dancers, drummers, music and themed floats will start at 11.15am and wind its way through the streets to Chinatown.

The traditional Dragon Dance, which is said to bring good luck, will be accompanied by a Lion Dance and the less common Unicorn Dance, as well as a female drumming troupe and Chinese folk dances.

Celebrations in and around Chinatown will also include Chinese market stalls and creative activities for children and families.

Chinese and other Asian restaurants will celebrate with special menus and the whole area will be decorated red to symbolise prosperity for the coming year.

The full 15-day programme of events will include workshops, entertainment and events for the whole family in venues across the city.

Kung Hei Fat Choi to all of those celebrating, from the team at I Love Newcastle

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