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📅 Southampton Chinese New Year

Guildhall Square | 2nd February 2019, 11:30am - 3:30pm
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Southampton Chinese New Year

Saturday 2 February 2019

11.30am - 3.30pm

Guildhall Square

Uk Shaolin Temple has partnered with Solent University and the Confucius Institution to create Southampton’s largest Chinese New Year celebrations.

Join them to welcome in the lunar New Year of the Earth Pig, with colorful performances, parades and displays in and around the heart of Southampton: Southampton’s Guildhall Square.

Every year thousands of people come together in Southampton to enjoy the colourful parades, the vibrant stage performances, the delicacies of traditional Chinese food, and partaking in traditional customs – giving thanks to the blessings of the past year and celebrating all the hard work, but bringing about good fortune for the New Year.

This year in particularly is significant because the Pig is the last animal of the twelve-year zodiac cycle.  It is therefore a time for reflection and plays even more importance on friendships, family, love and togetherness.

Experience traditional Lion and Dragon Dancing, stunning Chinese Kung Fu performances including Tai Chi, synchronised weapons and group routines, acrobatics and other extraordinary stunts. Alongside these, your senses will be dazzled by professional Chinese Opera singers, a Bamboo Flute musician and Ukulele players. Moreover, this event will host dancers from all over the world, from hip hop and break dance to Irish tap dancing and Indian belly dancing; all bringing spectacular cultural artistry right to Southampton.

Before and after the staged event, you will have the opportunity to engage in various activities and workshops:

 – face painting for the small and young at heart

 – Chinese paper cutting, lantern making  and calligraphy for the artists

 – dumpling, tea and coffee making for the gourmets

 – tai chi, qi gong, yoga and massage for the health interested and finally

 – belly dance, hip hop, break dance, zumba and fitness for the super active 

Local businesses and supporters of the event will delight foodies, families and artists alike with stalls offering all sorts of mementos to take away includes authentic treats, and arts and crafts from the East that will succumb even the most discerning. Before the day is done, don’t forget mark the occasion by gathering your friends and family together for a picture with our iconic lions.

Click on the website link for more information

Website Address: https://www.ukshaolintemple.com/chinese-new-year/

Southampton Chinese New Year

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