Nottingham’s Market Square will be showcasing Chinese culture to celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday with a free event.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “We have such strong and historical Chinese links in this city. There is a large and vibrant Chinese community in Nottingham and this event is just one of the ways we can celebrate the culture.”

The celebrations of the beginning of the year of the rooster will be taking place from 11am to 4pm with 22 marquees offering a variety of activities for families to get involved with.

These include:

  • Chinese food and drink vendors
  • Stalls
  • Arts and crafts stalls
  • Learn calligraphy
  • Traditional Chinese brush painting
  • Story telling

There will also be musical and dance performances from 4 Chinese culture performers all the way from Ningbo as well as the famous Chinese Dragon Dance and performances by the Nottingham Chinese School.

It was only last year that Nottingham celebrated 10 years of being twinned with the Chinese city of Ningbo and because of this Nottingham was awarded ‘Sister City of the Year’ by the Chinese Government.

This was also greatly celebrated including the unveiling of two stone Chinese lions at Highfields Park, a gift from the sister city.