February brings the Chinese New Year and Year of the Pig, with the official new year falling on February 5, although preparations in Nottingham have been well underway since December 2018.
There are several events taking place across the city. From gallery exhibitions, to gala balls, organisers say the Chinese New Year celebrations in Nottingham offer something for everyone.
Extensive planning goes into the celebration of a Chinese New Year, with ‘Little Year’ beginning on December 28 and lasting for eight days.
The Spring Festival and New Year lasts until February 19, with a lantern festival in between that features ancient spiritual traditions.
Nottingham Lakeside Arts will be hosting many of the celebratory events this year. Their Wallner Gallery features an exhibition showcasing the work of ceramicist Katrin Moye which will run until February 17.
Katrin has recreated ceramic versions of objects that various Chinese students cherish from home, and the exhibition hopes to investigate relationships with objects of personal significance.
If arts and crafts is more your thing, then you can try your hand at some traditional Chinese art activities. You can expect to get involved with some ancient embroidery, or perhaps even have a go at calligraphy.
Paper cutting arts are also very prominent in Chinese New Year celebrations, especially the Spring Festival. The decorations are usually made out of red paper and are cutouts or certain creatures, like dragons or phoenixes.
Nottingham are even holding the seventh Si Yuan Cup Table Tennis Tournament. Participants of all ages and ethnicity are encouraged to enter, but if you’re not the competitive type, you can always give the free taster session a go.
Table Tennis is known as ‘ping pang qui’ in China, and for a long time before football and basketball, it was the only really popular sport in the country.
There’s no better way to celebrate than with food and COSMO World Buffet on Milton Street is offering an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet and a typical Chinese Lion Dance on February 5th.
The COSMO team are bringing in the Year of the Pig by telling their customers to “celebrate and pig out”, with their Chinese festivities running from February 4 to 10.
If you’re looking for a proper New Year party, then look no further than the Djangology Theatre at Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Their Chinese New Year Gala will feature traditional performances, appearances from Chinese artists and ancient routines.
The Gala plans to bring together traditional and contemporary Chinese experiences and will run across the weekend.