Chinese New Year Festival Programme 2016

The Chinese Zodiac

Red fire monkey icon - 2016

2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey

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The Monkey years are:
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

You are very intelligent and have a very clever wit. Because of your extraordinary nature and magnetic personality, you are always well-liked. The Monkey however, must guard against begin an opportunist and distrustful of other people. Your sign promises success in any field you try.

Join us on Sunday 7 February 2016 to celebrate the arrival of the Red Fire Monkey!

Birmingham Southside

Birmingham city centre’s Southside is set to welcome growing numbers of visitors to its annual Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham (CFCB)

Chaired by James B Wong, the festival is supported by key Southside businesses including Genting Casino Chinatown, LCP Properties and Southside BID and is sponsored by Lebara Mobile.

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The Arcadian

“The Arcadian is once again pleased to play host to the Chinese New Year. We look forward to welcoming families to the Arcadian to help celebrate this special occasion in the Chinese calendar”

Lina Higuita – Centre Manager


This year’s free Chinese New Year celebrations in The Arcadian will feature on-stage entertainment including lion dancers, acrobats, martial arts, traditional music and dancing, plus kids craft area and fairground, market stalls and Far-eastern Food Festival.

The festivities will begin at 12:30 with an opening speech from Birmingham’s Lord Mayor and conclude at 5pm with a spectacular Lion Dance and firecrackers finale!

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“Chinatown is an integral part of Southside and Chinese New Year is a welcome celebration as it brightens up a normally quite gloomy time of the year.  The celebrations continue to improve and attract growing numbers of new and returning visitors to the area.

It’s fantastic that the event helps us both celebrate an important part of this district’s culture and we look forward to the festival growing and becoming more popular year on year.”

Julia Chance – BID Manager


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