Get ready for the Year of the Dog

WE’VE just had a preview of the projections that will compliment this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations;  they’re good, very impressive and with great music too!

They form part of the China Dream season, in partnership with University of Liverpool, which is set to be one of the highlights of the Liverpool 2018 programme – celebrating ten years since the city held the title of European Capital of Culture. Highlights of the season include the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at World Museum and free contemporary exhibition PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art at St George’s Hall which features work from 19 of the most exciting emerging and established artists who hail from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the diaspora.

The buildings/locations which have turned red to mark Chinese New Year are St George’s Hall, Town Hall, Cunard Building, Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, Central Library – Picton Colonnade, Mersey Tunnel Ventilation Tower GDB (The Strand), St Luke’s (Bombed Out Church), The Rocket Flyover, World Museum Liverpool, Greystone Road Bridge (over M62, Knowsley), Wallasey Town Hall, Birkenhead Town Hall, Liverpool ACC (NOT 15th – 21st Feb due to prior event booking). They will remain red until Wednesday 28 February.

Here’s what’s happening…

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 February

7pm    Entertainment will start from 7pm as Hung Gar Kung Fu wow crowds with an illuminated dragon and Lion  dance. There will also be performances by Chinese and British students in traditional Chinese dress and inspired by the Warring State and Hip Hop – a partnership by Pagoda Arts, Everyman Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute.

7.30-8.30pm   The twelve minute projections will be shown four times on a loop 

Sunday 18 February

Parade times

11.45am   Dragon and Lion parade begins, starting from the Blackie.

12.15pm   Unicorn parade starts outside the Chung Wah supermarket on Nelson Street.

Both parades will meet around 1pm in Great George Square where a firecracker display will take place. They will then continue on their separate routes and finish from 3.30pm.

Great George Square Stage 11:30am – 6pm

11:30am – 12:15pm   Kwong Tam School of Tai Chi (in association with See Yep Association)

12:20 – 1pm    Flower Drums, Fan Tai Chi, Dance and Happy Dance! (Pagoda Arts)

1:05 – 1:45pm Firecracker Display – Lucky Man, Dragon and Unicorn Parades

1:45 – 2pm Martial Arts Demonstration (Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association)

2:05 – 2:25pm Traditional Chinese Fan Dance & Cheongsam Costume Show (Wah Sing Community Centre Dancers)

2:35 – 2:45pm Chinese Red Lantern Dance (Friendship Dancers)

2:50 – 3:20pm 24 Festival Drums (Liverpool Guild of Students)

3:30 – 4pm Chinese Fusion Dance Workshop – have a go!  (Movema Dance) 

16:00 – 5pm    A showcase of traditional and contemporary music, dance and song by Chinese students (Everyman and Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute)

5 – 5:30pm Terracotta Warriors Love – A performance inspired by the fusion of Chinese Opera, Martial arts and contemporary dance. (Pagoda Arts, Everyman and Playhouse and Liverpool Confucius Institute).

5:30 – 6pm Chinese Fusion Dance (Movema Dance & 24 Festival Drums, Liverpool Guild of Students)

Chinese Arch/Nelson Street

6.30pm Chinese New Year lumiere – Jingwei’s Legacy

6.40pm Pyrotechnic display

6.45pm Event ends

The event is organised by Liverpool City Council and is supported by the University of Liverpool, Liverpool BID Company, Liverpool ONE, Stagecoach, Merseyrail, Pagoda Arts, First Take, Arts Council England and the COoL Collective.

The Chinese New Year celebrations forms part of the Liverpool 2018 events programme which is supported by the City Region Combined Authority with £5 million from the Single Investment Fund.

For more information about timings, activities, family workshops or the projections, visit www.chinadreamliverpool.com or follow @culturelpool on Twitter or Culture Liverpool on Facebook.