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Lancaster Chinese New Year Festival


Various locations, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1JF

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A Chinese lion takes a breather at Horseshoe Corner during last year's New Year Festival in Lancaster

Celebrate the new year in Lancaster - Chinese style.
Traditional sights and sounds of China will bring the city alive as it hosts the Chinese New Year Festival.  This is a celebration of the year of the rabbit.  Last year’s Chinese new year festival brought crowds of people into Lancaster to watch the Chinese lion and dragon parade and vibrant performances.  

More than 500 Chinese lanterns will adorn city centre streets as an appetiser for the main events.  The festival begins with a variety show at the Grand Theatre, featuring Chinese kung fu, puppetry, music and dance.  Joining professional performers on stage will be 30 current Chinese students or graduates from Lancaster University.  T​​​​​​he dragon parade is one of the highlights of the carnival.  The Chinese dragon will be joined by a Chinese lion and together they will parade around the city centre, mingling with shoppers.  Market Square will be the scene of an afternoon of kung fu, Chinese dance, music and magic by professional performers and local schoolchildren.  It’s also the venue for a variety of Chinese-themed stalls selling food, drink and other products.  There’s a free photo booth to create your own souvenir of the day, and a Fai Chun writing workshop too.  

St Nicholas Arcades will see festival action with a series of pop up performances taking place during the afternoon.  Lancaster City Museum hosts Chinese new year family friendly papercut activities and will have a temporary exhibition, celebrating Chinese culture.  

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Parade/street entertainment - freeFree
Theatre performance - adult£10.00 per ticket
Theatre performance - child£5.00 per ticket
Theatre performance - concession£8.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



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