Birmingham’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebrations 2018

Welcome to year of the Dog

Join us on Sunday 18 February, from 11.30am to 4.30pm

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 18th February, from 11.30am to 4.30pm.

Building on the success of previous years, plans for the 2018 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.




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

2018 is the year of the Dog

To find your Chinese zodiac sign

Click here

The Dog  years are:

1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018.

The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue and a tendency to be a fault finder.

You would make an excellent businessman, activist, teacher or secret agent.


“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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