Lunar New Year of the Tiger celebrations in County Durham


COMMUNITIES and locations across County Durham will ring in the Year of the Tiger with a host of traditional events and activities.

Durham City will celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday 5th February with activities, shows and entertainment from a variety of different groups, organized by Durham County Council.

A spectacular Lion Dance Procession will wind its way from Millennium Place through the town center at 12.30pm, entertaining shoppers with a colorful display and a special appearance by the Langley Moor School Junior Lion Dance Team.

At Durham Town Hall, visitors can enjoy a full day of activities including traditional music, costume and dance performances by Durham Chinese School, Durham University students and local school children.

There will also be a Tai Chi demonstration, opportunities to participate in East Asian crafts, and a parade of traditional Chinese costumes.

New College Durham students will prepare a number of oriental dishes at City Hall for visitors to try, and there will be a live tea tasting ceremony in the afternoon.

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Clayport Library will join in the New Year celebrations, giving people the opportunity to learn Mandarin with students from Durham University. People can join one of these sessions to pick up useful words and phrases.

Storyteller Chris Bostock will share his Tiger Tales, captivating young library audiences with exciting stories from distant lands. Storytelling sessions are suitable for children aged four to ten and are free.

And primary schools across the county have been trained by international student volunteers from Durham University to create a special public performance of traditional Chinese fan dancing.

The volunteers worked with pupils from Esh Winning School, Finchale Primary School, Cleves Cross Primary School, Shincliffe Primary School and Blue Coat C of E Primary School ( aided).

Together they created fans to use in the performance, and the children learned some basic fan dance steps to perform for parents, teachers and the general public on stage.

Chinese Fan Dance rehearsals at Esh Winning School Photo: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL

Councilor Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet Member for the Economy and Partnerships, said: ‘As every year we will celebrate the Lunar New Year with a real host of traditional activities for all to join in or join in. to entertain.

“It really is an exciting day in Durham City, with plenty to do and opportunities to learn more about Asian culture.

“We are proud of our cultural heritage, including that of our Chinese and Asian communities.

“There is such a depth of culture in our county that everyone can be involved, and we are trying to show this through the county’s bid for UK City of Culture 2025.”

Professor Claire O’Malley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) at Durham University, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with local partners to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

“We have staff and students from over 130 countries at the University, and we value the opportunities this brings to experience different cultures and perspectives and to create a diverse and vibrant community.”

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