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Dragon dance roars into Lady Lever Art Gallery

Posted on Monday 13th February 2017
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Two days of colour, noise and fun

Chinese New Year festivities continue at the Lady Lever Art Gallery this half-term. Expect a riot of colour and noise with the traditional dragon dance, Kung Fu demonstrations, traditional music, Chinese crafts, a visit from the God of Wealth and a spectacular lantern parade to bring celebrations to a close.

Lord Lever amassed a rich and impressive collection of Chinese art in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The mainly porcelain, ceramics and glass objects are stunningly displayed across two interlinked, vibrant rooms, following the major redevelopment of Lady Lever’s South End galleries.

With the support of the local Chinese community the Gallery celebrates this passion for Chinese art with a fantastic themed-programme of free family events this half-term. 

Spread across Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February, the events are all drop in:

Lion dance workshop
25 February
2.45pm, 3.30pm and 4.15pm
Join China Spirit UK and learn how to work the life-size lion puppets, special lion dance steps and how to bring the lions to life. 
Free event, collect a ticket from the Welcome Desk on the day.

Chinese New Year storytelling
25 February
11.30am and 12.30pm
Join BBC Radio Merseyside Orient Express presenter Billy Hui to find out more about Chinese New Year through storytelling.
Drop in, no booking required.

Dragon dance and Kung Fu
25 February
1 and 2pm
Celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dancing and Kung Fu by China Spirit UK.
Drop in, no booking required.

Chinese New Year God of wealth
25 & 26 February
1-4pm
Meet the Chinese God of wealth and find out more about him.
Drop in, no booking required.

Chinese New Year see, make, do
25 & 26 February
1-4pm
Make paper lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year. 
Drop in, no booking required.

Dragon dance
26 February
1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Join the Liverpool School of Cantonese Kung Fu for exciting dragon dance performances.
Drop in, no booking required.

Lantern parade
26 February
6pm
Help close Chinese New Year with a lantern parade led by a drummer. Bring your own lantern or make one with a member of the Education team in the See, make, do sessions on 25 and 26 February.
Drop in, no booking required.

Chinese New Year celebrations follow a week of exciting family events over half-term:

Handling
20 February
2-4pm
Explore the Gallery’s fascinating handling collection with a member of the Education team.
Drop in, no booking required.

Costumed tour
20 February
1, 2 and 3pm
Join a soap factory worker for a family-friendly tour. Find out about Lever, his village and the paintings in his amazing collection.
Drop in, no booking required.

Bubbles storytelling
21 February
10.30am and 11.15am
Listen to an intriguing story about Millais' painting Bubbles with Lucy the storyteller. Suitable for children aged 2 years and above.
Drop in, no booking required.

See, make, do
21, 22 & 23 February
1pm
Join a member of the Education team and get inspired by the Gallery’s collection to make your own piece of art. For accompanied children 10 years and under.
Drop in, no booking required.

Another story from another place
22 February
1.30pm
Join in this interactive storytelling experience as it brings together stories from around the world. Featuring stories, songs and adventure from other cultures, there will be time for questions and exploration of the themes following the stories.
Drop in, no booking required.

King of the jungle storytelling
23 February
10.30am and 11.15am
Join Lucy the explorer and help spot some of the amazing animals in our collections.
Drop in, no booking required.

The Lady Lever’s latest exhibition is also a must-see for families. Fresh Perspectives showcases the work of students from four Wirral schools. Featuring textiles, paintings and 3D works, it is a lively and colourful exhibition of work which reveals the creative talents of local children. The exhibition runs until 1 May.