Newcastle ready to celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinatown, Newcastle
Chinatown, Newcastle

Newcastle’s Chinese New Year celebration will begin with a parade through the city of drummers, dragon, lion, and unicorn dancers.

Hundreds of people will come together in Chinatown on Newcastle’s Stowell Street on Sunday, February 10th to ring in the Year of the Pig.

Families will be able to enjoy a day of free Chinese events and performances for all ages including traditional crafts, dance, music and food and drink.

“The Year of the Pig means happiness and joy,” said Chenxi Li of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, which is helping organise the celebration for the Chinese Festivity Group.

“Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in the world. Just like Christmas in the West, it’s a really joyous time when families get together to have what’s known as the Reunion Dinner and to watch the Spring Festival Gala on TV.

“This year we have our own Spring Gala and New Year celebration in Newcastle; there’s a parade from the green at Old Eldon Square to Bath Lane in Chinatown, where there will be lots of amazing stalls and a stage with performances.”

The Chinese New Year parade will start at Old Eldon square at 11.15am.

Councillor Kim McGuinness, Newcastle City Council's Cabinet Member for culture, sport and public health, said: “It's wonderful news for Newcastle that this year's Chinese New Year celebrations will be bigger than ever.

“Chinese New Year is a major festival for our Chinese community here in Newcastle and they want to share that with the whole population to make it a really inclusive event.

“We’re hoping as many people as possible can make it there on Sunday.”

The Chinese Festivity Group is a collaboration of six local Chinese voluntary organisations including Newcastle Chinese Healthy Living Centre, South Mountain Chinese Older People’s Association, Newcastle Chinese Students and Scholars Association, North East Chinese Association, UK Choi Lee Fut Edmund Ng Association and Sino-Anglo Cultural Exchange Association.

The New Year Parade will include stunning traditional lion, dragon and unicorn dances accompanied by flag wavers, banners, themed floats and inspiring drumming.

Come and join in the fun! Wrap up warm.

* Helpful information

Stowell street, Chinatown will be closed off to road traffic.

Central station and monument metro stations are both walking distance to Stowell Street, Chinatown.

The traditional dragon and lion dance will be performing on The green, Old Eldon Square at 11.15am before parading to the arch in Chinatown.

People are welcome to walk alongside the parade to Stowell street Chinatown.

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* What’s happening in Chinatown.

1. Chinese Arch, Stowell Street

Speeches from key representatives of the Chinese community and Newcastle City Council at approx 12pm.

The popular traditional dragon and lion dances will once again animate the area around the ceremonial Chinese arch on Stowell Street. These will take place from approximately 12:30pm.

2. North East Chinese Association - Stowell Street

The North East Chinese Association presents an exhibition of arts & crafts and food between 12pm - 4pm.

3. Chinese Market & Fairground - Bath Lane

Come along and enjoy the funfair and stalls featuring traditional arts and crafts and Chinese food between 11am - 4pm.