Chinese New Year is celebrated in most major cities of the UK, and if you wish to experience the atmosphere of revelry, be at Newcastle during the festival. The city hosts a number of events to mark the Lunar New Year.
There are traditional savories to be sampled, sight of amazing and sparkling fireworks to be captured, beautiful performance by dance and musical artists to be enjoyed and parades to be witness during the grand celebrations scheduled each year for ushering in the New Year.
Vibrant shops come out with plenty of stuff to entice the indulgent shoppers. There is much more they can take home with than just savories or arts and craft items. The experience of being in Newcastle during the festivity of Chinese New Year that promises to be wonderful.
Newcastle residents and visitors will welcome the galloping Year of the Horse with great enthusiasm. A series of events have been lined up to mark the festive days. Families can queue up at venues that would host spectacular and free Chinese-themed events, performances and fun-activities for adults and kids. Ring in a brand new year with Gateshead celebrations scheduled to take place on Sunday 9 February. Besides the traditional music and dance shows entertaining the guests, there will also be the popular dragon and lion unicorn dances animating the locality. New Year’s Eve party from 27 January at Newcastle and Gateshead Libraries are must experience feature of the celebrations. Take a trip to Chinese arch on Stowell Street to capture the fabulous festivities that will take place in the area from morning till evening.
Delight yourself with colorful sights and sounds as you take a trip around the Chinese market and fairground to be held at Bath Lane & Thornton Square along with other events. Those interested in knowing what the destiny has in store for them in the year ahead can make a dash for the The Chinese Centre, Westgate Road. The venue would organize calligraphy, Chinese zodiac, fortune telling and also calendar making. A special children’s exhibition area will be set up to put on display a wide variety of traditional arts and craft items. Kids can have fun while learning to write their names in Chinese at the Thornton Square.
Revelers in Newcastle can be a part of other events planned in the weeks leading to and from the official beginning of Chinese New Year. People can try their hand at art at the Chinese Brush Painting Workshops organized from 25 January at Newcastle Arts Centre. Discover the historical treasures and learn about the rich heritage during the festival by attending the events scheduled at the Laing Art Gallery on 1 February and Discovery Museum on 8 February. The Confucius Institute at Newcastle University has offered great support to the Chinese New Year festival program organized to welcome the Year of the Horse. Join in the festivities and events of the Chinese New Year that are marked as major highlights in the Newcastle’s annual events calendar.
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