One of the greatest traditional guitarist- Xuefei Yang. Credits: Yang's Facebook.

Welcome in the Year of the Dragon with our guide that’s filled with most exciting celebrations.

If you want to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year, Nottingham has a variety of activities to get stuck into. From dramatic dragons to colorful crafts, there is something for all.

Nottingham Central Library
The new library is hosting an afternoon with a fascinating blend of modern and traditional styles of music, art and performances, by reputed artists including Chinese suona, guzheng and violin music along with group-coordinated Kung Fu routines. The event will be held at Nottingham Central Library from 4 pm-5:30 pm. All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the University of Nottingham Children Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC). The ticket prices range from £5-£20.

Nottinghamshire Chinese Welfare Association
With their main aim being to include all generations- especially the elderly who may experience loneliness and exclusion, the Nottinghamshire Chinese Welfare Association is all set to welcome the New Year on February 10, 2024. Commencing at 10 am with fun activities such as singing classes, English classes, Tai Chi and even hair cuts for the elderly. With tickets ranging from £5- £10, this event is definitely worth a visit.

Canalside Heritage Centre
Get the young ones busy at Canalside Heritage Centre with a free children’s craft activity. No need to book, all you need to do is pop into Weir View Room from 10:30 am- 3 pm on February 15, 2024. This cultural event is great for both families and children.

Nicola Wood, Chief Executive Officer at Canalside Heritage Centre said: “Traditional Chinese New Year decorations will be displayed on site and these are being installed by NTU students from China.”

“Through this event, I hope people have a better understanding of Chinese New Year traditions and customs.”

There will also be an exhibition of Chinese brush painting by Stephanie Morris. On February 3,4,10 and 11 the artist will be holding demonstrations of traditional brush painting between 10 pm -3:30pm.

Lakeside Arts
In partnership with Nottingham Confucius Institute, Lakeside’s New Year celebrations have a wide variety of events lined up across January and February. This includes the world premiere of Chen Yi’s Concert for Guitar and Orchestra featuring internationally renowned guitarist Xuefei Yang and University Philharmonia.

Their famous ancient art of Chinese brush painting workshop will also be returning. Children can enjoy activities such as lucky bracelet workshop, where you can learn how to make your own bracelet to invite good luck and paper dragon puppet making. Everyone was welcome to try out the ribbon dance workshop and traditional Chinese fan painting.

Arnot Hill Park
Get bewitched by ancient traditions at the Lion Dance 2024 which will be held at Arnot Hill Park is an experience not to be missed. Taking place on February 10, 2024, the dance will include mesmerising acrobatics, vibrant colours, traditional drums and loads of dancing bringing good luck and fortune all year round.

And the best part? It is completely free! Yuxi Hou, Chinese photographer based in Nottingham said: “I have not been to China in 6 years. I always miss my family and home. I’m really excited to go to this event to enjoy my culture and feel closer to home.”

Like many aspects of traditional Chinese culture, the 12 Chinese zodiac animal signs are based on the Chinese lunar calendar, which differs slightly from our Gregorian calendar system.

People born in this year are said to be confident, adventurous and, at times, temperamental and impulsive.