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Year of the Dragon: A Majestic Celebration in Southampton

Get ready for an immersive experience on 3rd February to kick off the celebrations for the Year of the Dragon. UK Shaolin and the Southampton community have curated a vibrant programme of events, workshops, and cultural performances, to turn the city into a hub of celebration.

Citywide Extravaganza on 3rd February

The festivities will kick off in Guildhall Square where local DJs will set the beats, accompanying a variety of exciting activities and games:

Chinese New Year Year of the Dragon poster to promote event on 3rd February 2024 in Southampton

Guildhall Square
10am to 3pm

  • Chinese Dragon and Lion Dancing: Follow the captivating dragon and lively lions as they weave through Guildhall Square, creating a spectacle of colour and tradition. The procession will showcase their vibrant costumes, intricate dance routines, and rhythmic beats of drums and cymbals at 12pm.
  • Fitness Fun: Join Decathlon Southampton for their Dumbbell Lateral Raise Hold Challenge and Jump Rope Games.
  • Traditional Games: Enjoy Chinese shuttlecock, cornhole, and football fun.
Young man helping young girl with paper folding crafts for Chinese New Year

UK Shaolin Centre
10am to 3pm

  • Arts & Crafts: Explore Chinese arts and crafts with five sessions held throughout the day. Don't forget to reserve your spot online here!
  • Cultural Workshops: Immerse yourself in the elegance of Chinese calligraphy, Weiqi (Chinese Go Game), Tai Chi, and Karate. Book your slot to join these sessions at the UK Shaolin Centre.
  • Aerial Hoop Workshop: A unique experience to try the Aerial Hoop
  • Feng Shui Workshop: Delve into the mystical world of Chinese Astrology with a Feng Shui. Amanjot is ready to guide you through this enlightening experience.

Lantern Festival Closing Ceremony on 24th February

Red poster with dragon in the centre to promote Southampton Lantern Festival on 24th February 2024 for the Year of the Dragon

On 24th February, mark your calendars for the grand finale to all of the Year of the Dragon celebrations, with UK Shaolin's Lantern Festival.

With an action-packed day featuring a variety of events and more workshops, the day promises an unforgettable experience. Here's what you can expect:

Group of young children holding big red fans for Chinese New Year workshop in Guildhall Square

12pm - 5pm

  • Chinese Dragon and Lion Dancing: Follow the captivating dragon and lively lions as they weave through Guildhall Square, creating a spectacle of colour and tradition. The procession will lead the way to Westquay, infusing the event with the energy and grace of this ancient Chinese art form.
  • DJ and Music: Let the beats guide you through the festivities at Westquay from 12pm to 5pm
  • Fitness Challenge: Engage in the Dumbbell Lateral Raise Hold Challenge and Cornhole Game from 12pm to 3pm
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  • Creative Corner: Explore your artistic side in Arts & Crafts Workshop and Chinese Calligraphy Workshop 12pm to 5pm
  • Mind Games: Delve into the strategic world of Weiqi (Chinese Go Game) from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
  • Dance Workshops: Experience the art of Chinese culture with workshops on Chinese Dragon Dance and Lion Dance, complete with photo opportunities, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
  • Chinese Drumming Workshop: Feel the rhythm in the Chinese Drum Workshop from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

These workshops and activities promise to add an extra layer of cultural immersion and excitement to Southampton's Chinese New Year 2024 celebration. We can't wait to see you all there!

Full event programmes

For the full event programme and for more information, follow Hampshire Chinese Association's and UK Shaolin's links below:

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