On Sunday 26 January, Liverpool will welcome the Year of the Rat during the Chinese New Year celebrations right in the heart of Chinatown.
In the lead up to this annual Spring Festival thousands of Chinese lanterns will adorn the city centre streets and a number of buildings including Central Library Picton Colonnades, Cunard Building, Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Toxteth Library, World Museum Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, Everyman & Playhouse Theatres and the Mersey Tunnels George’s Dock Building will be illuminated red in honour of this age old tradition, signifying good fortune and joy to everyone.
Beginning at 11am on Sunday 26 January at Chinatown, Nelson Street, Liverpool, L1 5EW, the celebrations will blend Chinese cultural history with elements of the modern to bring a mixture of street and stage performances, aerial displays by the Black-e, family workshops, a fairground, Dragon, Unicorn and Lion Dancer parades, firecracker displays and the popular Chinese market on George Street selling gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering food.
In the spirit of all things Chinese New Year, Culture Liverpool are also looking for businesses who are able to change the lighting at your venue to red to show your support for the CNY celebrations in the city. If you are able to change the lighting, please let Jennifer Caine know so she can take a picture of your building and share it on social media! Get in touch by emailing Jennifer here.
The celebrations are scheduled to finish at 5pm. Whether you go by train or by bus please plan your onward journey.