Chinese New Year at Lakeside

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Chinese New Year at Lakeside


Friday 28 January - Sunday 13 February | 2022

Lakeside Arts

Lakeside Arts are very excited to be hosting events for Chinese New Year 2022!

They will be hosting a multitude of workshops for the whole family including Children's Lion and Dragon Dance with Ling Peng and Chinese Lantern Making. As well as these amazing workshops, they are ecstatic to be welcoming back Xiwang (Hope), phenomenal projections onto the Trent Building to be enjoyed by all.

Lakeside Arts has worked on bringing these events to life in association with the Nottingham Confucius Institute; the University of Nottingham; and the Chinese International Education Foundation.

Lakeside Arts have participated in celebrations at the University together with local partners and communities since 2005 to coincide with the first year of the University of Nottingham in China, in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. They continue to share these celebrations as part of a global community, but also to bring cheer in the coldest and darkest time of the year.


Xīwàng (Hope)

Saturday 29 January - Monday 31 January | 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 8pm
Stone Lions overlooking Trent Building | £3

Amidst the shortest and darkest days of the year, Lakeside Arts are hoping to bring some cheer with stunning digital projections on the iconic Trent building. Reflecting both traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, Xīwàng (Hope) will mark the imminent arrival of the Spring Festival on 1 February and welcome The Year of the Tiger.

20 minutes (no interval)
Suitable for all ages



There's a lot going on at Nottingham Lakeside Arts this year, including a few different workshops that provide a fantastic opportunity to learn about Chinese traditions and culture. Join a Brush-Painting Workshop with Feng-Ru Lee and learn the ancient traditional art of brush painting with a focus on goldfish (known to bring good fortune) and plum blossoms (symbol of the prosperity).

You can also book onto Tea and Poetry with Xi Chen and experience a calming, poetic and authentic Chinese tea ceremony experience. You will appreciate beautiful tea wares and learn the poetic process of a tea ceremony. You will be able to try different teas and hear about the stories of tea, which are deeply associated with Chinese poetry, philosophy, literature and Zen Buddhism.


Take Part

If you’re looking to learn more about traditional Chinese arts and crafts, why not come along to a free drop in session taking place on Saturday 12 February. This family friendly event will keep the youngest members of your family busy, while letting you have a go at Calligraphy, Chinese Knot-Making and Chinese Lantern-Making. Please note all of these events require advance booking.

The Children’s Lion Dance and Dragon Dance is the perfect activity to introduce your little ones to the Chinese New Year celebrations. Complete with drum and percussion and child-sized dragon and lion, Ling Peng will teach the children to deliver these traditional Chinese celebratory dances for only £3. Parents do not require a ticket and are welcome to watch.

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