Bullring & Grand Central will ring in the Chinese New Year with free events

Chinese New Year celebrations are set to take place in Birmingham next month as the city welcomes the Year of the Tiger with free public events at Bullring & Grand Central.

The Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham has once again joined forces with Birmingham Hippodrome and its partners to announce the Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham taking place on Saturday 5th February.

Traditionally, the Chinese New Year Festival is held at the Arcadian Center in Southside, but due to COVID-19 restrictions the event has been canceled in 2021.

This year plans to mark the Chinese New Year at the usual venue, which normally includes outdoor stalls, marquees and street food, have been shelved in favor of hosting the much-loved celebrations at Bullring & Grand Center.

James Wong, Chairman of the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee, said: “Unfortunately Birmingham’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations in the Arcadian Center will not take place this year.

“We decided not to do this due to COVID-19 and the spread of the Omicron variant.”

Festival organizers have instead chosen to ring in the Year of the Tiger at Bullring & Grand Central with an afternoon of free public performances.

Birmingham’s Chinatown decorated with red lanterns

Shoppers at Bullring & Grand Central will be able to enjoy the much-loved Lion Dance, pop-up shows featuring traditional fan and umbrella dances, Shaolin monks, face-changing dancers, amazing acrobats and more again throughout the day on Saturday 5 February.

Performances will take place between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. and everyone is welcome.

Chinese New Year Festival celebrations will take place on February 5 in Birmingham

Music and dance performances, including a celebration of traditional Chinese arts, are a key part of the festival in Birmingham.

One of the central elements of the Chinese New Year Festival is to bring Birmingham’s diverse communities together for a special day of celebration and unity.

The Chinese New Year festival is always a hit with the people of Birmingham and the event is growing every year.

The traditional location of The Arcadian has been dropped for the 2022 celebrations
People from all communities in Birmingham attend the Chinese New Year festival
Birmingham locals always have fun at the Birmingham Chinese New Year Festival

The free public event is produced with Birmingham Hippodrome and supported by the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham and the Chinese Community Center Birmingham.

This year’s Chinese New Year will usher in the Water Tiger and it will run from February 1, 2022 to January 21, 2023.

The Tiger is known as the king of all beasts in China and the Tiger zodiac sign is a symbol of strength, bravery and the exorcism of evil.

Festival Chairman Mr Wong said: “I am delighted to be working together with such brilliant partners to celebrate the Year of the Tiger at Bullring & Grand Central.”

James Wong, Chairman of the Birmingham Chinese Festivals Committee

Mr. Wong added, “Throughout our annual celebrations, we also encourage people to support the Chinese community and Southside businesses.

“Kung Hey Fat Choi for 2022 (wishing you happiness and prosperity for 2022).”

Danielle Bozward, Head of Marketing at Bullring & Grand Central, said: “Our Chinese New Year celebrations in 2020 have had a wonderful response from visitors and we are delighted to be working with Birmingham Racecourse and the festival committee. Birmingham Chinese to bring back the Chinese New Year. at Bullring and Grand Central.

“The Lion Dance Procession is a favorite on our calendar and we look forward to shoppers joining us for a day of celebrations.”

The art of traditional Chinese dance is always a hit with the crowds

Graham Callister, Festivals Director at Birmingham Hippodrome, added: “The celebrations will mark the start of another exciting year of cultural events produced with Bullring & Grand Central.

“Chinese New Year is one of our favorite annual community events that we produce.”


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