2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog: Last seen in 2006, the dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. You can celebrate all these wonderful traits and more at the Chinese New Year events across the capital in February, when London plays host to one of the biggest New Year celebrations outside of China:
The British Library
The British Library have curated a series of events to support the festivities, including:
Bones to Bytes
An introduction to the Library’s Chinese collection with insight into how they’re stored and preserved for future generations using digital technology takes place on Monday 19th February
The National Gallery
The National Gallery has an entire day of canine and Chinese themed events on Saturday 17th, including calligraphy workshops, interactive story telling and plenty of activities for kids.
Chinese New Year Festival
Sunday 18th February will see the crux of the Chinese New Year celebrations in the capital, with events throughout Soho:
Chinese New Year Parade
Set your alarms as the beautiful New Year parade begins early on Charing Cross Road before making it’s way through Chinatown. They’ll be floats and dancing and incredible performances.
Trafalgar Square Stage
Nelson’s home will play host to traditional Chinese dance and music from 12pm, including artists from China.
For the Foodies
Two food zones will be dishing out the best of Chinese cuisine; street food will be on offer at Trafalgar Square while Chinatown restaurants will offer festive specialities.
Something for the Kids
Leicester Square will showcase family-friendly activities, such as cultural dress, calligraphy and Chinese music and dance.
Tai Chi and More...
Head over to Shaftesbury Avenue for the martial arts and cultural zone and learn more about Chinese martial arts and traditional flag displays.