Chinese New Year celebrations! – January 2012

As the Year of the Dragon approaches plans are being finalised for a number of celebration events which offer you a wealth of ways to mark Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival.

CHINESE NEW YEAR PROGRAMME at Edinburgh Zoo 21/22 January 2012

With the two most famous Chinese visitors now happily ensconsed in Edinburgh Zoo, a special Chinese New Year programme will take place at the Zoo on the weekend 21/22 January. The programme, organised by the Confucius Institute for Scotland will see a programme of daytime and evening talks at the Education Centre, calligraphy workshops and family fun events at the Budongo Trail as well with musical sessions on the Yang Qin to add a special Chinese atmospher.

The Chinese New Year programme will run from 10am till around 3pm. Full details of the programme which includes drop in and bookable events will be available on arrival at the Zoo.

ECCA EXHIBITION & CONCERT Churchill Theatre Sat 22 January 2012

The Edinburgh Chinese Culture Association (ECCA) will hold a Chinese New Year Celebration event in the Church Hill Theatre, 33a Morningside Road, Edinburgh, on 22nd January 2012, from 11am-3pm. Drop in between 11am and 1pm and enjoy discover Chinese tea, Chinese knotting, Chinese costume photograpy as well as food and craft. The concert which runs from 1pm-3pm featureing Chinese dance, drama, music, kung fu and singing is SOLD OUT.

CHINA ON THE MOVE – at Edinburgh Filmhouse 25-29 January 2012

Organised by Take One Action with support from the Confucius Institute for Scotland the evening programme of movies will be followed by panel and audience discussions.Click here to get more details on the films or go straight to Take One Action`s website for full info and online booking.

TAKEWAY CHINA – Film & Photography Programme Glasgow

Ricefield Chinese Arts & Cultural Centre in Glasgow celebrates film and photography from China. Working with a range of international partners to showcase the latest initiatives in independent film-making and contemporary photography from China this programme runs from 23 Jan-6 Feb 2012.

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Ricefields is also partnering with the Millennium Hotel, Glasgow to celebrate Chinese New Year in Glasgow’s City Centre. With Chinese food demonstrations, taster Tai Chi sessions, a Chinese afternoon tea programme with music from Harmony Ensemble as well as a special workshop for kids on lantern making with Chinese storytelling see the hotel website for full details and to book.