Birmingham’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017

Join us on Sunday 29 January, from 11am to 4pm

Birmingham’s annual Chinese New Year celebration is back and is bigger than ever; with two stages, lion dances, funfair rides, street food and a host of traditional entertainment taking over Southside on Sunday 29 January, from 11am to 4pm.

Building on the success of previous years, plans for the 2017 festival have been revealed and will see the capacity double in size. The event, which is organised by Chinese Festival Committee – Birmingham (CFC-B), will be jointly managed by Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Hippodrome.

Birmingham Hippodrome will take part in the festivities with traditional performances outside their main entrance and children’s workshops in the Patrick Centre. The Arcadian Centre will have a host of stalls and street food as well as a large marquee with seating area.

2017 – Year of the Rooster

The celebration sees big changes for the festival with Hurst Street, Thorp Street and Ladywell Walk all closed off to traffic.

The stages on Hurst Street and Ladywell Walk will create the main focal points for the event.

The Genting Stage, positioned outside Snobs nightclub, will play host to performances including dragon dances, martial arts, cultural demonstrations and Chinese magic.

The Birmingham International Airport stage, situated outside Chung Ying, will welcome local community groups and university students to perform throughout the day.

Chinese New Year Festival Programme 2017

James Wong

This is my second year in running the festival and I always had ambitions to make it bigger. The plans have really come together and I’m proud that we’re able to welcome the Year of the Rooster on such a grand scale.

The changes to our event, which have been well supported by Birmingham City Council and Southside BID, mean that we can expect visitor numbers to double.  It’ll be a fun day out for all the family!

Chairman of the CFC-B and Managing Director of Chung Ying Restaurant Group

The Chinese Zodiac

2017 is the year of the Rooster

To find your Chinese zodiac sign

Click here

The Rooster years are:
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.

Roosters are hard workers, shrewd and definite in decision making, often speaking their minds. Because of this, you tend to seem boastful to others. You are a dreamer, flashy dresser and extravagant to an extreme.

Born under this sign you should be happy as a restaurant owner, publicist, soldier or world traveller.


“The Chinese New Year celebration is a highlight on The Arcadian Centre’s events calendar and we are very pleased to be able to support and host this fabulous occasion once again.

It’s a great day for all the family and we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of people to this most colourful and vibrant showcase of Chinese culture again.”

Lina Higuita – Centre Manager




Each year, the Chinese New Year festivities bring thousands of new and returning visitors to Southside’s Chinatown. Despite its continued and growing success, last year the festival lost its funding from Birmingham City Council as part of the ongoing budget cuts happening across the city. Despite this hit, spirits haven’t been dampened and the entire Southside community has come together in support to raise the much-needed funds to plug this gap.

“The action taken is a true testament to the community spirit of the people who live, work and visit Southside and we’re truly touched by their continued support.”

Julia Chance – BID Manager

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