Chinese New Year celebrations are heading to Southside

Southside BID and Birmingham Hippodrome has announced a packed events programme to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Taking place from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th January, the event will welcome in the Year of the Rat with three days of free festivities across the city…

Kicking off the festivities on Friday 24th January will be a Chinese classical concert presented by the University of Birmingham, held at the Bramall Concert Hall. On Saturday, shoppers at Bullring & Grand Central will be able to enjoy the much loved lion and dragon procession, plus traditional fan and umbrella dances, amazing acrobats and much more throughout the day. A special Wish Tree will also be on display in Grand Central, with visitors invited to add their New Year wishes.

Shoppers at Bullring & Grand Central will be able to enjoy the much loved lion and dragon procession, pop up performances including traditional fan and umbrella dances, amazing acrobats and much more throughout the day on Saturday 25 January. A special Wish Tree will also be placed in Grand Central for shoppers and travellers to add their new year wishes to. The celebrations will continue into the evening at the Arcadian with more performances and fireworks

To celebrate the official Chinese New Year’s Day on Sunday 26th January, there will be an exciting programme of performances and free activities in Birmingham’s Chinatown, located in the heart of Southside. The main stage in Hippodrome Square will host the official opening and closing ceremonies with a variety of performances and free family friendly activities throughout the day. Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Studio will also be hosting renowned choreographer Corey Baker’s new dance piece performed by Hong Kong Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet. The performance will be followed by a world premiere screening of Corey’s new film Lying Together.

Visitors can immerse themselves in Chinese culture, browsing a variety of authentic market stalls, sample delicious street food and watch impressive martial arts displays. The weekend has been organised by the Chinese Festival Committee and Birmingham Hippodrome. The annual event now attracts up to 30,000 visitors and is set to be one of the biggest events in the Southside calendar.

To find out more, please visit: www.birminghamhippodrome.com.