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February 2015


Chinatown (London) celebrates the New Year of the Sheep on 22 February, hosting the biggest celebrations in Europe! The free festivities begin at 10 am, with a New Year's Parade beginning in Trafalgar Square, winding through London's West End, before reaching Chinatown. The opening ceremony is at 12 noon, in Trafalgar Square, followed by stage performances from performing troupes from China, including acrobatics, traditional dances and a lion dance on high poles. One of the key attractions for 2015 includes the "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring", a variety show produced by Mr Wei Ding, who performed in front of world leaders at the recent APEC Summit. You can find more details at www.VisitLondon.com .


In Manchester the celebrations take place in St Ann’s Square, Chinatown and Albert Square - with thousands of lanterns, a spectacular light show and explosive art. Plus: street food, music and martial arts, fireworks and the Dragon Parade. More information available here: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/events/event/3314/chinese_new_year


Portsmouth is hosting a Chinese New Year’s Extravaganza at the Guildhall on 22nd February between 1100 and 1600. The event will feature Food and Art Workshops in the morning and a Variety show in the afternoon. Details at www.portsmouthchinese.org.uk


In Birmingham the festivities will take place throughout Hurst St, Inge St, the Back to Backs courtyard, Hippodrome Piazza and the Arcadian Centre, the celebrations start at 11am until 6pm. Details at http://www.cnybirmingham.org.uk/


The Leeds Chinese Community Association will host a New Year Festival on Sunday February 22nd at Leeds Town Hall. They promise a much wider experience than at previous events including Dance, Music, Theatre, Calligraphy, Taekwondo, Tai Chi plus stands offering food and crafts. Details and information at http://www.lcca-uk.org/index.php


The Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff is celebrating Chinese New Year on Thursday 19th February between 12 - 5 pm. The Cardiff Confucius Institute will be hosting activities for kids at the Centre which will include mask making, paper cutting and even a chance to learn a word or two of Chinese. Information at http://www.visitcardiff.com


Bristol’s 2015 Chinese New Year celebrations will be held at Wai Yee Hong, at 11.30am on Saturday 21st February. They will have a live firecracker show, traditional lion dances and performances by the local Chinese schools. Also, a festival market with a variety of stalls offering delicious Asian foods and fun New Year toys! Further information at http://www.waiyeehong.com/chinese-new-year-2015-bristol


To celebrate the Year of the Goat, Culture Liverpool, the Liverpool Chinese Community groups and other organisations have arranged a series of arts and cultural events with the main celebratory events taking place on Sunday 22nd February 2015. Street festivities will be fun-filled, with plenty of activities for children and adults to enjoy starting at Great George Street at 11 am. Details at: https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/event/chinese-new-year-2015


The University of Nottingham is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its campus in China with a special Chinese New Year Celebration programme to celebrate the relationship between the University, the city and Ningbo at the Lakeside Arts Centre on Thursday 19th February. Information here: www.lakesidearts.org.uk


The Chinese Visual Festival is partnering with the BFI for a series of screenings at BFI Southbank, London for Chinese New Year on Saturday 28th February. They will be running two sessions of their selection of the best in independent Chinese-language documentary cinema. For details of the films and how to purchase tickets Email: chinesevisualfestival.uk@gmail.com

New York’s 16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade will take place at 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The spectacle features elaborate floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dances galore, Asian musicians, magicians, acrobats and procession by local NYC organizations. More than 6,000 people are expected to march starting at Mott Street and promenading through practically every street of NYC Chinatown, finally dispersing at Broome/Forsyth. The parade is expected to conclude at 3:00 pm, at which time an outdoor Chinese cultural festival will take place in Sara D. Roosevelt Park featuring more performances by musicians, dancers and martial artists. Further information available at http://chinesenewyearblog.com/chinese-new-year-parade-new-york


SACU has again received an invitation from the Asian Professional Awards inviting nominations from our membership. They write:

“The Asian Professional Awards (APA) are proud to announce that nominations for our awards are now open and we would be delighted to receive nominations from your company. Nominations can be made via the website www.theprofessionalawards.com The 12 categories include: Banking & Finance, Dentistry, Design & Creative, Education, Engineering & Science, IT & Technology, Legal, Media, Medical, Pharmacy, Property & Construction, Public Service.”



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See Also

Meridian Society   Membership organisation based in London with similar aims to SACU, regular events and tours to China.
Chinatown   A large U.K. site with background cultural information and events information.
Between East and West   Background on British Born Chinese people
Dim Sum   A range of news and cultural topics serving the U.K. Chinese community.
Mother Bridge of Love   Help and information for adopting children from China and general chinese understanding
C.S.S.A.   The Chinese Students and Scholars Association's web site aimed at Chinese students studying in the UK
Half and half   Documents the history of British born who are half Chinese, mainly children of Chinese sailors
Oasis Adoption   Support and information for people adopting children from Overseas orphanages
British Council   Web site giving information about Britain to people in China

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