Liverpool’s World Museum is preparing for the 2018 Dragon Boat Festival, with a number of free events planned to celebrate the Chinese holiday which runs from 16 to 18 June.
This year’s festival comes in the middle of the highly successful run of the landmark exhibition China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors at World Museum, which opened in February and runs until 28 October 2018. Plenty of tickets are available until the end of the exhibition’s run, although pre-booking is essential.
The Dragon Boat Festival is an important and traditional holiday in China – with a place on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, it has been a public holiday in China since 2009 but has traditionally been observed in the country for more than 2000 years. The festival is an auspicious occasion, with dragon boat racing as the most important part of the celebrations. The wooden boats involved are elaborately decorated in the form of Chinese dragons and race to the sound of beating drums, with it being said that the winners will have good luck for the next year.
The free events taking place at World Museum to mark the Dragon Boat Festival will be running throughout the day, and will include:
Dragons are an important aspect of traditional Chinese culture, as symbols of power, strength and good luck. The importance of these creatures is also visible in a number of pieces included in China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors, including dragon pendants, belt buckles and wine vessels.
Penny Arque, Education Manager at World Museum said “The Dragon Boat Festival is the latest in a number of exciting calendar dates we’re celebrating alongside our Terracotta Warriors exhibition. Our events showcase the vibrancy and diversity of both traditional and modern day Chinese culture. In addition to our public events we run a range of primary school workshops which complement pupils visit to the exhibition. We’ve had more than 10,000 schoolchildren visiting since the exhibition opened in February, proving the popularity of our sessions.”
Details here: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/dragonboat
As well as the exciting events planned for the Dragon Boat Festival, World Museum is also holding the following free events throughout summer linked to its China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition:
Details of all events linked to our Terracotta Warriors exhibition can be found here: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/terracottaevents
World Museum also has some paid-for events as part of its wider Education programme accompanying its China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition:
The China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition is organised by National Museums Liverpool, United Kingdom and the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre), People’s Republic of China.
Exhibition partners include the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Tianjin Airlines, Wendy Wu Tours, The Swire Charitable Trust, Unilever and The Foyle Foundation. Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, Signature Living and London Stock Exchange Group as well as several individuals are also Terracotta Warrior Partners.
Tickets are priced from £14.50 for adults and £5.50 for children aged between 6 and 17 years. Children aged 5 years and under go free and there are a number of additional concessions. National Museums Liverpool members get free unlimited access to the exhibition. Further details of prices and how to book tickets can be found at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/terracottawarriors
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Partners of China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition
Tianjin Airlines is honoured to support the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, and under our banner of ‘All ways with you’, we look forward in the near future to flying visitors directly from the UK to Xi’an to see the First Emperor’s tomb.
Wendy Wu Tours
Wendy Wu Tours is delighted to be the Keynote Partner of the Terracotta Warriors exhibition as the UK’s number one China and Asia travel and tour specialist, and look forward to working with National Museums Liverpool to deliver an exclusive customised tour to Xi’an, Beijing and Shanghai in 2018.
The Swire Charitable Trust
The Swire Charitable Trust is an independent grant making trust and has generously supported the exhibition’s education programme.
Unilever is proud to be a Major Partner of the Terracotta Warriors exhibition, as one of the world’s leading consumer manufacturing companies with a proud history on Merseyside and an expanding market and research base inside China.
The Foyle Foundation
The Foyle Foundation is an independent grant making trust and has generously supported the exhibition and education programme.
Quilter Cheviot Investment Management
Quilter Cheviot is proud to be a Terracotta Warriors exhibition Partner, as one of the UK’s leading private client focused investment managers with a long history in Merseyside.
About World Museum
Experience the world at your fingertips at World Museum, where millions of years of the Earth’s history are revealed through incredible exhibits and hands-on activities. Find out how humans have shaped the world we inhabit, from Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. Explore underwater life in the Aquarium and complete your visit by blasting off on a spectacular journey through space and time as the universe unfolds around you in the Planetarium. World Museum’s Ancient Egypt gallery, which houses one of the finest ancient Egyptian and Nubian collections in Europe, opened in 2017. World Museum was awarded a VisitEngland Gold Accolade for excellence in 2015.
About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 3 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
National Museums Liverpool is regulated by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Museums and galleries regulated by DCMS are exempt charities under Schedule 3 of the Charities Act 2011. Registered Office: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN.