Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat with food, performances and prizes!


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DMU students are warmly invited to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat at the Spring Festival. It takes place from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday 29 January at The Venue@DMU.

Entertainment on the night will include Lion Dancers, calligraphy, Musician, Tang Dynasty Dancing and Thai Chi Fan dance to help kick start the celebrations. There will also be Year of the Rat themed games and the opportunity to take fun Polaroid pictures to take home with you.

There will also be a stand promoting local businesses, as well as traditional food and drinks.

If you would like to attend this event, please email eventsoffice@dmu.ac.uk.

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Join the procession!

Here’s your chance to be involved in Leicester’s exciting Chinese New Year celebrations on Sunday 26 January

Organisers Cosmopolitan Arts is looking for participants to join a magnificent procession as part of the city celebrations, supported by BID Leicester and DMU. It will start at Jubilee Square passing the Clock Tower and finishing at New Market Square.

Volunteers are needed to add vibrancy and colour by carrying parasols, paper lanterns and a five-metre long Chinese dragon. All of the props will be supplied.

Please arrive at Jubilee Square by 2.30pm for a 3pm start.

The procession will be directly followed by an event in New Market Square with a DJ, large scale animated film, and performances.

Chinese New Year Programme

Chinese New Year’s Eve Televised Countdown

Friday 24 January, Confucius Institute in the Vijay Patel Building, 2.30-4.30pm.

This event is for DMU staff and students only.

Cosmopolitan Arts: Chinese New Year Procession

Sunday 26 January, 3-5pm

A magnificent and dazzling procession from Jubilee Square, through the city centre to New Market Square, culminating in a spectacular grand finale performance with large scale animated film projection performance, pyrotechnics and traditional dragon and lion dance.

Instant, Insight, Inscape Exhibition 

Tuesday 28 January to Thursday 6 February, Curve Theatre, 10am-6pm

Chinese Paintings by SUN Jiujiang and WANG Yu

Spring Festival 

Wednesday 29 January, The Venue@DMU, 6-8pm

Cosmopolitan Arts: #LastFriday

Friday 31 January, LCB Depot, 5-10pm

Featuring fantastic lion dance and traditional workshops throughout the evening.

Cosmopolitan Arts: Family Celebration Day

Saturday 1 February, New Walk Museum, 11am-4pm

Family celebration day at New Walk Museum with traditional performances and workshops, including live music and lion dance.

Highcross Presents: Chinese New Year Family Celebration 

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February, 12-5pm

Cosmopolitan Arts: Finale Event

Saturday 8 February, 11am-4.30pm

Finale event to the celebrations on Humberstone Gate in a beautiful heated marquee. There will be a range of traditional arts workshops and performances of dance, live music, martial arts and lion dance. 

Posted on Friday 17th January 2020

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