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What’s happening in Preston for Chinese New Year

Posted on - 1st February, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, Kid's stuff, News, Preston City Centre, Things To Do
The dragon making its way to the Flag Market for Chinese New Year
The dragon making its way to the Flag Market for Chinese New Year

As the Chinese New Year begins, Preston is putting on a variety of events to help mark the special occasion.

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Chinese New Year is the festival marking the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

Preston Guild City are putting on a range of fun and exciting activities to help celebrate the event that will take place on Saturday 4 February.

The events are free of cost and will ne taking place at 11am-3.30pm.

Here at Blog Preston we have listed the top picks.

Flag Market

flag market in preston
On the Flag Market

A selection of exciting activities are being held at the Flag Market for Chinese New Year.

Lion Dancing will be held on the market where you can be entertained by watching a traditional lion dance.

Table Tennis will also be available, along with giving you the chance to witness demonstrations by Preston Table Tennis Association. The public can join in with them too at various opportunities.

A Tai Chi Demonstration will be taking place in which professionals with perform the traditional Chinese martial art. Performances will be held at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and each performance will last for approximately 5 minutes.

The Harris

The Harris Museum was opened in 1893 Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris Museum was opened in 1893 Pic: Tony Worrall

Why not visit the Harris for a range of fun and exciting activities being put on.

At the Harris entrance you can try a game of Jianzi, involving trying to maintain a ‘keepy-uppy’, like the popular football game, but with a shuttlecock. The game is available to have a go with from 11am to 3.30pm.

At the Harris Café you can take a masterclass and learn how to use Chopsticks. This is a fantastic opportunity to refine your technique and play games to test your skills.

Discover Preston will offer you the chance to use a Chinese abacus, learning how to use it to count and do arithmetic. Chinese games will also be available, enabling you to discover three different types of Chinese board games. As well as this, you can discover the collection of Chinese coins, in which you can see and handle parts of the collection which are not currently on display.

The Harris Library

Lots of fun will be taking place inside the Harris Library.

In the junior area of the library, Brush painting will be taking place from 1pm-3pm, giving you the chance to make your very own Chinese brush painting to take home. As well as this, you have the chance you discover Calligraphy and Language by having a go at Chinese calligraphy and make a Happy New Year card.

A Tai Chi Demonstration will also be taking place in the library. This is the opportunity to watch and participate in this traditional Chinese martial art with health and meditative benefits.

An Adult-only event will be taking place in the library. A Tea ceremony and Chinese Poetry will be taking place, enabling you to drink tea in the Chinese style and enjoy the masterpieces of Chinese poets.

PuppetCraft will bring MONKEY! to the Harris, a puppet production following a comical, fantastical superhero, inspired by ‘Journey to the West’ – a classic of Chinese literature.  Children from 4 years and adults will witness extraordinary live puppet theatre by PuppetCraft who have been touring for over 25 years. The show is part of the Lancaster Chinese Arts Festival and supported by Arts Council England. It will be held at the Harris Library from 6-7.30pm on Friday 3 February and you can buy tickets online.

The Harris Fine Art Gallery

The Fine Art Gallery at the Harris will be holding two creative activities for everyone to get involved with.

Why not try Paper Cutting? With this activity you can try out Chinese paper cutting, which could be a great addition to a Happy New Year card.

You also have the chance to create Paper Lanterns. This will involve making the lanterns by hand and then decorating them to the style that you wish.

There is lots going on in and around Preston for Chinese New Year so make sure you join in with the celebrations!

What are you doing for Chinese New Year? Will you be getting involved with the activities being held in Preston? Let us know in the comments below

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