Chinese New Year Celebration in Southampton 2022

Chinese New Year Celebration in Southampton 2022

We can’t wait to see you again and celebrate Chinese New Year with us in Southampton Guildhall Square and MAST Theatre!!! Free cultural craft workshops and a ticketed show are waiting and welcoming you on 6th February 2022.

Chinese New Year

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Do you love the time spent with friends or family? Although Christmas time has already passed, Chinese New Year will bring these important moments back to us. Reunion with family and friends is the core of Chinese New Year, as well as sharing delicious food and traditional activities with our beloved.

Activities to join on 6th February 2022

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There will be a lot of free activities and workshops on the Guildhall Square and inside the MAST to experience cultural traditional Chinese New Year activities as well as a ticketed show inside the MAST Theatre. Most of the activities and workshops are free but most of them are space limited, so book your space for those on the day inside the MAST from 9:30 am.

There will be a celebration show taking place from 12:00-14:00 inside MAST Theatre, you will need to purchase a ticket here:

Workshops on Guildhall Square on 6th February 2022

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From 10:30am - 11:00am there will be a Dragon parade from Guildhall Square to Bargate and back, as well as:

  • 10:00am - 10:30am Dragon Dance - Southampton Chinese Association / UKST
  • 10:30am - 11:00am Kung Fu Workshop
  • 11:00am - 11:30am Line Dance - Southampton Chinese Association
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm Tai Chi Fan - Southampton Chinese Association

Workshops inside the MAST on the 6th February 2022

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  • Chinese Dance - Chinese Arts Southampton - Studio 2 (max. 25 people) 10:00 - 10:30am
  • Calligraphy Workshops - Hui Lai - Studio 2 (max. 5 people per session) 10:40 - 11:00 am session 1 / 11:10 - 11:30 am session 2 / 11:40 - 12:00 am session 3
  • Chinese Arts and Crafts - Studio 2 (max. 5 people per activity) (1.Making Lanterns; 2.Red Packets; 3.Paper Cutting; 4.Chinese Calligraphy) 10:40 - 11:00 am session 1 / 11:10 - 11:30 am session 2 / 11:40 - 12:00 am session 3
  • Chinese Chess - Southampton Chinese Association - Bar (max. 10 people) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Face Painting - Southampton Chinese Association - near theatre Box Office (1 person at a time) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tea Ceremony followed by short Meditation - Barola Room (max. 10 people per session) 10:00 am - 10:30 am session 1 / 10:30 am – 11:00 am session 2 / 11:00 am - 11:30 am session 3 / 11:30 am – 12:00 pm session 4

Dragon Dance symbolises wisdom, power, and wealth, it is believed to bring good luck and chase the bad spirits away.

Kung Fu: One kind of Chinese martial arts or a type of fighting style over centuries. You might have also heard of other martial arts under these umbrella terms, like Kuoshu and Wushu.

Line Dance: Line dance is a choreographed dance that repeats steps in a group of people, which is very popular and welcomed in China, plus it involves a bit of exercise and socialising within a group.

Tai Chi Fan: Today Tai Chi is popular around the world as a health-promoting exercise. It is a combination of deep breathing, relaxation and flowing movements, and has been developed as a martial art since the 13th century in China. Join the workshop to find the balance and inner strength for yourself.

Face Painting: Usually used on traditional performers to distinguish and stylise in form, colour, and pattern to symbolise the characteristics of specific roles. Painting the God’s or animal faces on our faces keeps the bad spirits away and brings more blessings from the gods as well.

Chinese Chess: Called Xiangqi, a famous strategy board game with two players, which also represents a battle of two armies to capture the enemy’s king. Distinctive features of xiangqi include the cannon (pao), which must jump to capture. Learn to enjoy the highly competitive moments and use the best strategy of your own!!

Calligraphy: Calligraphy has been appreciated as an artform in different cultures worldwide. Patience and slowness is key for good hand-writing calligraphy. Give it a go and experience how people wrote down their words 2000 years ago.

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