Celebrations for Chinese New Year roar into Lady Lever

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Dragon dance group The dragon dance comes to Lady Lever this half term. Image © Dave Jones

We can't wait to embrace the vibrant colours and noise of traditional Chinese New Year to the gallery this half-term.

For those who missed the official New Year celebrations a few weeks ago, or those who just can't wait 12 months to do it all again, the Lady Lever has the traditional dragon dance, Kung Fu demonstrations, Chinese music and 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 rooms, following the major redevelopment of Lady Lever’s South End galleries.

Children do activities Chinese crafts © Dave Jones

With the support of the local Chinese community, we're celebrating Lever's passion for Chinese art with a fantastic programme of free family events this half-term.

Spread across Thursday 23, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February, most events are drop in:

Chinese Youth Orchestra
23 February

1.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a performance by the Pagoda Chinese Youth Orchestra.

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. Ideal for accompanied children aged 5 years +.

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.

Audience and dragon Dragon dance performance © Dave Jones

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
Meet the Chinese God of wealth and find out more about him.
Drop in, no booking required.

Child with lantern Lantern parade brings Year of the Rooster celebrations to a close. Image © Dave Jones

Chinese New Year see, make, do
25 & 26 February
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
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.

Check out the website for more half-term events at the Lady Lever and other National Museums Liverpool venues.