Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Year of the Monkey is nearly upon us and what better way to celebrate than taking part in the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in Europe. Celebrations take place on Sunday 14th February and will run from 10am to 6pm.

Festivities will kick-off with a grand parade that is not to be missed: 10 lion teams will perform as the floats snake through the streets, starting from Trafalgar Square,  up along Charing Cross Road before reaching its final destination – Chinatown, which will be the centre of the New Year party and the ultimate dining destination with over 17 cuisines to choose from. Don’t forget to stop by Chinatown’s spectacular new Chinese gate on Wardour Street.

In Trafalgar Square, stage performances will start with a bang at midday with firecrackers heralding the start of the New Year celebrations followed by stage events from performing troupes from China including traditional dances and gravity-defying lion dances. 

Key timings:

10:15: Opening parade

13:00: Dragon Dance and Flying Lion Dance performance at the Trafalgar Square Stage

13:30: Variety show by the Festival of Springs, Culture of China troupe, presenting an exciting mix of cultural dance and performance from China

15:30:  Szechuan Opera, Part 1, incorporating a sleeve dance, comedy and acrobatics from two of China’s most renowned opera houses

16:15: Szechuan Opera, Part 2, incorporating dance, martial arts, jujitsu, and traditional opera singing in the Szechuan tradition

17.20: Year of the Monkey Finale on the Trafalgar Square Stage, including live performances and fireworks