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NewcastleGateshead ready to celebrate Chinese New Year

19th January 2011

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NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD will mark Chinese New Year on Sunday 6 February with a free public event on Stowell Street, Newcastle and at Dance City, Newcastle.

Celebrating the year of the rabbit, the festivities begin at 11am with a children’s marquee in Charlotte Square, traditional Dragon, Lion and Unicorn dances from 12noon at the Chinese Arch, Stowell Street and an exhibition of Chinese costume, food, arts and crafts at the North East Chinese Association, Stowell Street.

A stage will be erected in Bath Lane showcasing community performances, speeches and ‘Landscapes of China’, a special commission from LT.MM Art Studio and CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association).

Visitors to Dance City on Sunday 6 February will have the opportunity to take part in some traditional (and not so traditional) Chinese activities and games.  Garden Party at Dance City, presented by CSSA and Newcastle University, is perfect for families and those interested in learning more about the customs and traditions of China.

Bath Lane, Newcastle also boats a funfair and stalls with traditional arts, crafts and Chinese Food.

Carol Bell, Head of Culture and Major Events at NewcastleGateshead Initiative said: “Chinese New Year celebrations has always been an memorable date in NewcastleGateshead’s cultural calendar and it regularly attracts thousands of spectators.

“NewcastleGateshead Initiative is very proud to have been tasked with supporting the development of  this year’s event and, along with our partners, we are expecting four days of celebration and enjoyment as we welcome in the Year of the Rabbit.”

Kwok Jarm Wong, Chair of the Chinese Festivity Group said: “This is an important opportunity to showcase our culture and heritage to the people of NewcastleGateshead.  There’s something for people of all ages to enjoy and as well as being informative and educational, it’s going to be lots of fun.

Leading up to the main celebrations on Sunday 6 February, there will be four days of Chinese-inspired events, performances and activities for all the family throughout NewcastleGateshead.  On Friday 4 February, Alive After Five presents the Chinese Acrobatic Company who will be performing on Northumberland Street, Newcastle between 5pm-7pm.

On Saturday 5 February, Chinese artists Chun-Chao Chiu and Lip Lee will be in Eldon Square, Newcastle creating calligraphy, origami baskets, bookmarks and rabbit masks, amongst other things, in family craft workshops from lunchtime until 7pm.

Northern Stage (formerly Newcastle Playhouse) will be joining the festivities on Saturday 5 February with a series of Chinese activities and games.  The theatre's restaurant, 'McKenna's at Northern Stage' has devised a special Year of the Rabbit menu which features some Asian beers.

Dance City, Newcastle presents a double bill of spellbinding modern contemporary dance on Friday 4 & Saturday 5 February.  Life After Life & The Heart of Him, by Appetite Dance Productions and choreographed by Apple Yang - draws on imagery from East and West.  The two interconnecting pieces explore a Hero's journey from birth to adulthood and his life through the eyes of his lover.  A Post Show discussion takes place after the performance on Friday 4 February.  Tickets are priced at £12 (£8 conc) and are available from the Dance City Box Office, 0191 261 0505 or online at

A special one off event at Poon’s Gosforth Palace Chinese Restaurant in Gosforth, Newcastle, celebrates the arrival of Chinese New Year with a Chinese Banquet on Tuesday 8 February.  Tickets are £25 each and can be purchased from the restaurant on 0191 285 2288 and from Amanda Chan on 07944 582 848.

NewcastleGateshead’s main Chinese New Year celebration takes place on Sunday 6 February from 11am – 5pm.  For more information about all the events taking place as part of Chinese New Year, please visit;

 Chinese New Year is presented by the Chinese Festivity Group* as part of NewcastleGateshead’s programme of high quality, distinctive and family friendly festivals and events and is produced by Bravura and funded by Newcastle City Council.  

 NewcastleGateshead Initiative acknowledges the support of Aspers, Alive After Five, Poon’s Gosforth Palace, Nudo and No. 1 Oriental Buffet.


For further information, interview requests, images etc, please contact David Brookbanks, Media & PR Manager for NewcastleGateshead Initiative on 0191 440 5740 / 07946 581 417 or email


*The Chinese Festivity Group is South Mountain Chinese Older People’s Association, Newcastle Chinese Healthy Living Centre, North East Chinese Association, UK Choi Lee Fut Edmund Ng Dragon and Lion Association, Sino-Anglo Cultural Exchange Association, Chinese Centre (North Of England), Newcastle Chinese Students and Scholars Association.


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