Chinese New Year @ Chinatown, London (21 Feb, 12 to 6pm)

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a trip to London’s Chinatown

On Sunday 21 February 2010 central London will be transformed so visitors to Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and London Chinatown can welcome in the Year of the Tiger in spectacular style – with Chinese arts and entertainment from international and home-grown artists, and food, firecrackers and fireworks.

In Trafalgar Square, two groups from China will perform world-class dance, music and acrobatics after an official opening ceremony. There will also be firecrackers, Chinese dragons, lions and Chinese acrobatics.

Meanwhile, in a specially decorated Chinatown there will be cultural stalls, food and lion dance displays. Shaftesbury Avenue will become ‘Hong Kong in London Chinatown’ with a stage featuring performances by local Chinese artists.

A colourful fireworks display in Leicester Square will close the celebrations.

People planning to attend London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are encouraged to plan their journey and use public transport. For more information and advice about planning your journey, visit

Traditional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Exhibition
City Hall
2nd – 19th February
8.30am – 6pm

The exhibition features more than 30 artworks created by artists who work in the traditional Chinese painting and calligraphic styles, and features landscapes, figures, and scenes from the natural world. The exhibition is jointly arranged by Beijing Municipal Institute of Culture and History (BMICH) and Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (BPAFFC).

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