February 10 marks the Chinese New Year and as the North East embraces Chinese traditions, we’re walking you through the celebrations happening across the region…
Get ready to paint the town red as the North East gears up for some unforgettable Chinese New Year celebrations. From street parades to art and craft sessions, the region is set to unleash a dragon in the spirit of the Lunar New Year…
Chinese New Year in the North East 2024: Newcastle
11 February, from 11 am
The annual Chinese New Year celebrations are back in Newcastle and this year they are bigger and better than ever. A big change has been revealed and – drumrolls please – the centrepiece parade in the city centre is back!
Having been previously cancelled due to Covid-19, it’s a welcome comeback to the city centre and a joyful addition to the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Newcastle’s main events will take place on Sunday, 11 February. You can expect the traditional parade to grace the city centre, moving from Grey’s Monument up to Stowell Street, where the rest of the festivities will occur.
Expect to indulge in traditional Chinese food, enjoy art and craft sessions, celebratory music and so much more. 11 February will be be a day full of cultural richness, festive cheer and vibrant atmosphere. So, wear something red for good luck and don’t miss out!
18 February, from 11 am
Sunderland is gearing up for an exciting Chinese New Year celebration on February 18. Organised by Sunderland BID in collaboration with Sunderland City Council and Asiana restaurant’s owner, Ian Wong.
The festivities will take place in Sunniside Gardens. Some of them will include traditional dragon and lion dances, interactive dragon-making workshops, mask making, calligraphy, and paper cutting. Guests will be able to try their hand at origami, enjoy walkabout characters, and indulge in music and dance performances. All while exploring a variety of food and drink stalls.
The free event, running from 11 am to 3 pm, will aim to offer a spectacular celebration, providing insights into one of the world’s oldest cultures. So, it’s a perfect chance to learn more about Chinese traditions and enjoy the festive cheer.
Chinese New Year in the North East 2024: Durham
10 February, from 10:30 am
Taking place on 10 February, Durham is in full mode of Chinese New Year festivities. The city centre will be bursting with activities for kids and kids at heart, starting from 10 am, all of which will be completely free.
The morning activities will kick off with origami and mask-making sessions. Afterwards, there will be a Chinese drop-in language session with Durham University from 12 pm. The afternoon promises joyful celebrations, as the Mayor will try to catch the lucky lettuce outside Gala Durham to bring good luck to the city and soon after, the lion dance trail will take place through the city.
Conclude the day by attending a musical performance delivered by the Chinese Scholars and Students Association and a fascinating costume show. With this meticulously crafted program for the day, you simply can’t go wrong by delving into this magical celebration.
10 February, from 11 am
Beginning at Crown Street Library at 10 am, Darlington invites its residents to start the day by listening to Chinese legends and stories, as well as taking part in New Year-inspired Lego challenges.
There will be plenty of arts and crafts activities throughout the city centre. Paired with a series of free Chinese dance workshops for those, who’d like to learn something new, and for those, who’d like to show off their skills. Traditional Chinese lion dances will add sparkle and good fortune to the city. Residents are welcome to enter the Sing Tea competition to win some wonderful prizes.
For those looking for a bite to eat, pop over to the Asian restaurant Bambudda on Gladstone Street to indulge in their New Year-inspired menu.