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Durham City Chinese New Year Celebrations

Published October 28, 2019 11.35am


A day of celebrations will welcome in the Chinese Year of the Rat.

Join us on Saturday 1 February to celebrate with traditional music, dancing, storytelling and arts across Durham City Centre. 

Traditional Lion Dance

Traditional Lion dancers will perform around the city centre throughout the afternoon., starting at Millennium Place at 12.30pm.

Free activities

Durham Town Hall will be hosting a range of activities featuring Chinese themed performances by schools, traditional Chinese music songs and dance. 

Clayport Library will host language taster sessions and storytelling sessions throughout the day. Children will also enjoy creating some Chinese themed arts and crafts to take home.  

Clayport Library

TimeActivity
11.00amChinese language taster session (20 mins)
11.30amChinese language story telling session
12.00pmChinese language taster session (20 mins)
1.00pmChinese language taster session (20 mins)
1.30pmChinese language story telling session
2.00pmChinese language taster session (20 mins)

Durham Town Hall - performance programme

TimeActivity
10.30amSchool activity - St Oswald's
10.45amBlue and white porcelain Chinese dance
11.00amDURance dancing group - QingPing Yue
11.15amClassic Chinese Dance - 'You Know You Know'
11.30amSchool activity - Shinecliffe Primary School
11.45amSchool activity - Langley Moor School
12.00pmChinese Traditional Instrument Play - Erhu
12.15pmDURance dancing group - street dance and 
Street jazz dance with Chinese element
12.30pmTraditional instrumental ensemble
12.45pmSchool activity - Silver Tree
1.00pmDURance Dancing group - Soka
1.15pmChinese Traditional Instrument Play - Guzheng + Flute
1.30pmSchool activity - Bearpark
1.45pmMixmax band - a capella
2.00pmChinese songs
2.30pmHanBan fashion show
2.45pmChinese songs
3.15pmSchool activity - St Margaret's

Activity programme in Town Hall

ActivityParticipant(s)
Chinese Tea Art Show in Burlison GalleryMiss Wenjun Jiang, Miss Shengmei Zhao and Miss Xiangyun Han (Durham Chinese School Volunteers)
11.30am - 12.10pm Tea tastingInvitation only
2.20pm - 3.00pm Tea tastingPublic event
Craft activites in Lantern RoomMr Liguo Hu and school parents/pupils
CalligraphyMiss Xinyao Sun (Durham Chinese School Volunteer)
Craft activitiesMiss Shijing Fu (Durham Chinese School Volunteer)
Chinese drawings showMiss Yue Chen, Miss Xiaohui Leng and Mr Yongqian Pan (Durham Chinese School Volunteers)
Chinese horoscopesInternational Office
Craft activity for childrenOriental Museum
Durham University language centre - taster wordsDr Li Li

Supported by

Chinese New Year celebrations and activities are supported by Durham Chinese School, Durham Markets, Durham University and the Chinese Students' and Scholars Association (CSSA).

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