Liverpool Chinese New Year 2024 details revealed
Liverpool will celebrate Chinese New Year with three days of free public events next month.
And as well as hailing the start of the Year of the Dragon, what has been renamed as the Lunar New Year weekend – running from February 9-11 – will also mark the 25th anniversary of Liverpool’s twinning with Shanghai.
This year, events will be held in Chinatown but also at the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool ONE and St Luke’s Bombed Out Church.
Thousands of lanterns will be strung above the streets around Chinatown and Liverpool ONE from the beginning of February.
And a number of buildings and structures including St George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, Sefton Park Palm House and the Mersey Gateway Bridge will be lit up in red in honour of the new year – signifying good fortune and joy to everyone.
Ahead of the main weekend, on Saturday, February 3, the Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association and dance company Movema will lead a lion parade through the city centre, starting from Bold Street at noon and travelling to Liverpool ONE and the Royal Albert Dock.
Meanwhile new commissions from Culture Liverpool for the 2024 Lunar New Year include an animated projection with soundscape at the Bombed Out Church of the traditional Chinese tale of The Boy and the Pearl – with the event, taking place from 6-9pm on February 9-11, coming from Focal Studios, in collaboration with Pagoda, the Bombed Out Church and local artists.
And Walk the Plank and Bring the Fire will stage three nights of entertainment at the Royal Albert Dock, from 5.30-9pm each evening, which will see an 80ft/25metre, illuminated dragon floating through the dock system, and fire street theatre featuring dance and martial arts.
The main celebrations take place from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, February 11 when Chinatown will welcome traditional dragon, lion and unicorn parades, firecracker displays, family workshops, Tai Chi demonstrations, live music, a fairground and food and craft stalls.
Bring The Fire will also appear to produce a stunning fire-finale at 4.30pm on the stage at Great George Square.
And the Bombed Out Church will see the Mersey Forest team staging special activities during the day.
Lunar New Year 2024 is organised by Liverpool City Council’s Culture Liverpool team in partnership with the Liverpool Chinese Business Association, with support from the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool ONE, Arts Council England, Canal and River Trust, Liverpool BID Company and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Liverpool’s Lunar New Year celebrations take place from February 9-11. More details HERE
Top: Celebrations in Liverpool's Chinatown. Photo courtesy of Culture Liverpool.