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Celebrate Chinese New Year at city museum

Published: Thursday, 7th February 2019

A spectacular dancing dragon, acrobats and magicians will all feature when Chinese New Year celebrations take place at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

The free-to-attend event on Sunday, February 10, will welcome in the Year of the Pig with a colourful and vibrant festival that attracts thousands of visitors.

It will also include folk dancing, a kung fu demonstration, firecrackers, and much more.

In the museum’s theatre, there will be performances by children from the local Chinese Sunday school and dancing in traditional costume.

Craft activities will take place throughout the day and include Chinese painting, writing and origami. Children can also make a clay pig tile to take home – with a £1.50 charge for that activity. 

The museum will have extended opening hours for the event - 10am to 5pm, with the festival running from 11am to 4pm.

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “This festival is always fantastic fun for people of all ages and it attracts families from right across Stoke-on-Trent. We are a wonderfully diverse city and this also provides a chance for museum visitors to learn about other cultures and traditions.

“We have strong links with China through our ceramic partnership agreement with the Chinese city of Jingdezhen - recognising the important historical and cultural ties between these two world-famous ceramic cities. Jingdezhen and Stoke-on-Trent share a common focus on the incredible value of culture and heritage and it’s great to be able to showcase Chinese traditions in Stoke-on-Trent during celebrations for the Year of the Pig.”

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date every year, because it is based on the lunar calendar. In this calendar a month is two days shorter than in the solar calendar so to make up for it an extra month is added every few years.

The Year of the Pig is defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle. Each year is denoted by a different symbol from the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac.