The Chinese community will welcome in the Year of the Dog in style, with Cosmopolitan Arts hosting a pioneering exhibition ‘Made in China’, about the Chinese community in Leicester at the LCB Depot. New Walk Museum will have an impressive lineup of traditional Chinese live music, story telling, shadow puppets, dance, and arts workshops. Humberstone Gate will have a lively lineup of spectacular performances throughout the day, along with many traditional arts workshops.

There will also be a beautiful Chinese lantern display at the Clock Tower with traditional lion dance performances happening in the city throughout the weekend.

From 13th February to the 2nd March LCB Depot will host an exhibition and documentary of the Chinese community in Leicester. Over the past 12 months Cosmopolitan Arts have worked with many facets of the of the Chinese community in Leicester and Leicestershire to create a pioneering and fascinating project on Chinese culture. They interviewed many different people from the community including the famous Wan family, to research the Chinese people of Leicester for the very first time.

On Saturday 17th February The stage in the Victorian Gallery New Walk Museum Leicester will include:

– Storytelling and shadow puppets from nationally renowned Ling Peng, a Nottingham based professional Chinese artist.

– ‘The Chinese Whisperers’, traditional Chinese band from China, who will perform live throughout the day.

– Performances by ITSWA throughout the day of the famous Lion Dance

– Film screening of the documentary created about the Chinese community in Leicester, ‘Made in China’.

-Songs will include Beijing Opera, Chinese choir and traditional dance performances, amongst many other exciting activities.

– There will be traditional performances: Jinghong, Changquan, Kungfu, Little Apple, Crossing Road traditional dances, and a Hulusi Traditional Chinese Musical instrument performance. There will also be Taiji Fan, Taiji boxing, and Qipao shows.

-The Confucius Institute will be delivering series of free traditional Chinese crafts workshops including; calligraphy, paper cutting, Chinese traditional games, traditional costumes, and food. They will be joined by the local Chinese community who will also demonstrate traditional Chinese arts and crafts from a range of East Asian origins.

– For the Evening Outdoor Performance at the New Walk Museum grounds, there will be a dazzling and spectacular large-scale film projection show, with dance, pyrotechnics, and fireworks – created specially for the celebrations by Cosmopolitan Arts.

On Sunday 18th February the Humberstone Gate stage will include:

– The London Chinese Acrobatics will perform exhilarating dance and acrobatics routine, and an amazing Chinese magic show.

– Euphoria, a traditional Chinese instrument band, will be showcasing a variety of Chinese music styles.

– Throughout the day, there will be performances by ITSWA, who specialise in Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, Qigong, and Lion Dance Arts.

– There will be a range of exciting traditional singing, dance, and martial arts performances on stage throughout the day.

-The Confucius Institute will be delivering a series of free traditional Chinese crafts workshops including; calligraphy, paper cutting, Chinese traditional games, traditional costumes and food.

These vibrant and dazzling family friendly events are free. Celebrate the Year of the Dog with the East Asian community and learn about their beautiful and fascinating culture.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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