This is the year where Birmingham Chinese Festivals are going to be full of surprises with celebrations throughout the city centre from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th February 2018.
Thursday 15th February
New Years Eve dinner at Chung Ying Garden. 7:30pm-12:30am
James Wong, Chairman of Birmingham’s Chinese Festival Committee is putting together a sumptuous 3 course banquet, lion dance and countdown along with firecrackers at the restaurant on Thorp Street, China Town. Tickets include a welcome drink and entertainment at £35 per person, or £300 for a table of 10. Buy here.
Friday 16th February
Colmore Row and St Philip’s Cathedral. 12:00pm-2:30pm
Celebrations will begin with a traditional Chinese lion dance, parading through the Business District, visiting businesses in the area to ‘Wish them good luck’.
The Lion represents luck, wealth and prosperity, the longer it dances, the more luck and wealth it will bring to the business. If you would like a visit please contact us here.
Live cooking demonstration by Chung Ying Central at Cathedral Square. 2:00pm
Here’s a chance to learn how to cook some of Asia’s authentic dishes including; Korean Fried Chicken Bao, Japanese Seafood Ramen and Chinese Pork Burrito.
Birmingham Conservatoire and music performance at Cathedral Square. 12:45-2:00pm
The Birmingham Conservatoire will be presenting us with a special concert – get here early for a front row seat! There will also be a pianist and a Chinese folk quartet!
After the concert, the lion will continue it’s journey from St Philip’s, through the cathedral grounds and back to Colmore Row.
Saturday 17th February
Bullring and Grand Central. 12:00pm-3:30pm
Start from the iconic Bull statue where there will be a lion dance, then into Bullring’s ground floor, outside Debenhams for a spectacular performance of Rosie Kay’s “Modern Warrior”. Kay gathers professional dancers and Chinese community members together for a breath-taking, fast paced urban dance experience; 1:00pm-2:00pm
We also have Birmingham Conservatoire presenting us with live classical Chinese music at 2:00pm-3:00pm. Whilst the lion finishes off by another parade through the Grand Central at 3:00pm-3:30pm.
Sunday 18th February
Chinese New Year Festival, sponsored by Birmingham Airport and Birmingham Football Club – Southside Square, Hurst Street, Inge Street, The Arcadian, The Hippodrome and Patrick Studio. 12:00pm-4:30pm.
The main stage will be located at the end of Hurst Street.
12:00pm Chinese New Year celebrations will begin with speeches from James Wong, chairman of Birmingham’s Chinese Festival Committee and managing director of Chung Ying Restaurant Group, and Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood. Firecrackers and a lion dance will follow after closely.
12:20pm: Rosie Kay’s “Modern Warrior” performance.
1:00pm-3:30pm: Performances from professional Chinese artists and local community groups, including acrobats, circus acts, contortionists and fire performers.
4:00pm: Closing ceremony with lion dance and firecracker finale.
Chung Ying Restaurant Group will be performing live cooking demonstrations. There will be plenty of food stalls serving international cuisine along with funfair rides on Hurst Street.
The Hippodrome. 11:30-4:00pm.
Inside we have prepared free craft workshops. Master the art of Chinese Calligraphy, design a graffiti dog, get hands on in crafting dragon lanterns, drums and Chinese masks.
Patrick Centre Studio in the Hippodrome.
12:30pm-1:00pm Starts with Birmingham Conservatoire’s special classical Chinese performance.
1:45pm-1:55pm Birmingham Royal Ballet will present an exclusive piece from “Sleeping Beauty”.
2:15pm-2:45pm Birmingham Conservatoire’s special classical Chinese performance.
2:45pm-2:55pm Birmingham Royal Ballet will present an exclusive piece from “Sleeping Beauty” excerpt.
3:00pm-3:30pm Birmingham Conservatoire’s special classical Chinese performance.
*All performances are free but ticketed. Get your tickets here.
The Arcadian 12:30pm-3:30pm
Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee’s “Chinatown’s Got Talent” singing competition will showcase the finest Chinese singers in the city, with circus performers gracing the stage throughout the day. Lucky lions and dragons will dance their way through The Arcadian. We have Heineken bar at the canopy serving drinks including Tiger Beer, throughout the day.
Birmingham City Football Club Fanzone
Birmingham City Football Club will be situated on Inge Street with an interactive Fanzone area including penalty shoot outs and other football-related fun.
Inge Street and Hurst Street (up to Tesco Express) will be closed from 6:00am-8:00pm on Sunday 18th February. Motorists are encouraged to plan alternative routes.
Birmingham is one of the biggest Chinese communities in the UK with up to 30,000 revellers are expected to enjoy the festivities.
James Wong, chairman of Birmingham’s Chinese Festival Committee and managing director of Chung Ying Restaurant Group, said:
“There’s no city outside China that celebrates and embraces Chinese New Year quite like we do. With a full programme of events that takes the festival beyond Southside for the first year, we’re really excited to welcome Birmingham and beyond to join what will be a fantastic weekend of festivities, full of culture, colour and joy.”
“We are looking forward to welcoming lots of people to the celebrations – and with so many performances, dances, food offerings and creative workshops, it’ll be a difficult one to miss!”
Birmingham’s Chinese Festival Committee has organised the Chinese New Year celebrations in collaboration with The Hippodrome, with the help of headline sponsors Birmingham Airport and Birmingham City Football Club. Other sponsors of the festival include The Arcadian, Brewin Dolphin, The Bullring, Chung Ying Restaurant Group, Colmore Business District, Elonex Outdoor Media, The Forum Birmingham, Grand Central, Rainbow Casino, Southside, Tiger Beer and 16 Print.
For more information please visit: www.cnybirmingham.org.uk. Follow @CNYBirmingham on Twitter, like Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee on Facebook and get involved using the hashtag #CNYBirmingham2018.