Chinese New Year 2019 welcomes the Year of the Pig and will mark the 20th anniversary of Liverpool’s twinning with Shanghai! Celebrations will commence on Friday 8 February focusing on the iconic Chinese arch, which was gifted to Liverpool by the city of Shanghai twenty years ago as a symbol of the relationship.
A three day celebration will take place in Liverpool City Centre, kicking off from 7pm on 8 and 9 February where a lion will dance alongside Chinese influenced street theatre in and around the arch, which will build up to a unique projection and pyrotechnic show at the arch, and on surrounding buildings. Titled “The Quest for the Arch”, the projections will tell the tale of a little girl and a pig from Shanghai to Liverpool with the soundtrack being provided by musician and composer Jah Wobble.
The main festivities will take place on Sunday 10 February which will see a number of street and stage performances, family workshops, a fairground, parades, firecracker displays and the popular Chinese market on George Street. Alongside this, attendees will also watch the Chinese arch street entertainment, the Lumiere and pyrotechnic show which took place on the previous two days. The family friendly activities on Sunday will commence from 11.30am.
In addition to the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, we are asking buildings around the city and city region to light up in the traditional red colours of Chinese New Year from 2-15 February 2019, to coincide with the Chinese New Year celebrations. Other buildings that will be taking part include St. Luke’s Church (Bombed Out Church), Central Library and World Museum and St George’s Hall to name a few.
Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:
“The Chinese New Year celebrations are a wonderful way to kick start the annual events calendar.
“This is a particularly special year as it marks the 20th anniversary of our twinning with Shanghai. This global friendship was built on historic trade links, and today we maintain a partnership with China which furthers investment and development for both parties.
“The projections will, literally, shine a light on the arch – a symbol of our friendship. We have seen in previous years how popular the lumiere is – and this year’s beautiful work will be no exception.
“It will undoubtedly be a wonderful few days and an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate our much-loved Chinese community.”
The event is organised by Liverpool City Council and is supported by Liverpool Chinese Business Association, the Liverpool BID Company, Stagecoach, Liverpool ONE and Royal Liver Building 360.