With Chinese New Year arriving on Friday 31st January 2014, London’s West End will mark the arrival of the Year of the Horse with its main celebrations this coming Sunday 2nd February.
The festivities begin at 10.00am on Sunday, with a New Year's Parade led by the Lucky Money God; winding through London’s West End, before reaching its final destination in Chinatown. An opening ceremony at 12.00pm officially launches the celebrations in Trafalgar Square, followed by an array of stage performances in the Square by performing troupes from China, including acrobatics, traditional dances and a gravity-defying lion dance on high poles. One of the key attractions for 2014 includes the Little Red Flower Art Troupe, an enormously talented group of children from Nanjing, China who will be performing an exquisite variety show.
A second stage on Shaftesbury Avenue, in Chinatown will see performances from local and up-and-coming talent. The Beijing Young Cultural Ambassadors will also make their London debut performing a traditional Chinese Opera.
Chinatown will see traditional craft stalls and food stands being set up outside restaurants. A lion dance will be snaking through the throngs of visitors, stopping by restaurants to wish the owners good luck for the coming year. The Chinese Community Centre will also be staging a mini festival in Horse & Dolphin Yard for the day featuring a tombola, a piñata, Chinese calligraphy and live performances featuring Tai Chi, Taekwondo, Chinese classical music, Chinese drumming and Chinese dancing.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who is backing the festivities, said "London will be the best place in Europe to celebrate the Year of the Horse. The horse is an appropriate symbol for what makes our city tick and prosper. It is a powerful yet humble creature, associated with hard work and steadfastness, attributes that London and its population shares and qualities that are vital for our city's future success and prosperity. I had the great honour of hosting a trade mission to China last year and events like the annual New Year celebrations help to underpin the longstanding friendship between our two countries."
2014’s Chinese New Year of the Horse celebrations will run from 10.00am to 6.00pm this Sunday 2nd February, and all activities are free to attend. A map showing the parade route and location of all the stages can be seen at
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