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Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Celebrate the Year of the Pig as the Chinese New Year festivities begin.

Chinese New Year dragon

Leeds is getting into the spirit of the Chinese New Year in 2019, with a host of activities and festivities taking place across the city.

We may have just celebrated our own New Year, but there’s another one just around the corner. The Chinese New Year will take place on Tuesday 5th February 2019. It’s widely celebrated all over the world, and Leeds will be no different, with a range of events taking place to help you get into the spirit of the occasion, including parades, workshops and exhibitions.

Rhythm of Spring

Rhythm of China

The Leeds Chinese Community School will introduce you to a traditional orchestra this Chinese New Year. The 70-strong Chinese Traditional Music Orchestra, Choir and Dance Group is coming all the way from Guangzhou in the Guangdong province to play for us. The event will showcase authentic Chinese music, song, dance and culture, as well as celebrating the diversity of Chinese and Western music. They’ll be joined by local artists and youth music groups who will also perform on the evening.

Rhythm of Spring takes place at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Yorkshire and Humber Chinese New Year Dinner

Chinese restuarants

This one’s a little bit different. The Yorkshire and Humber Chinese New Year Dinner 2019 is aimed at Leeds business people who engage with China. As well as welcoming in the Year of the Pig with a black tie celebration, there will be networking opportunities, dinner and an after-dinner speech by Patrick Horgan, Director of Global Government Relations at Rolls Royce.

Yorkshire and Humber Chinese New Year Dinner is at University House, University of Leeds from 6pm on Tuesday 29th January 2019. Tables available in groups of 10.

Chinese New Year Gala


The Leeds Chinese Students and Scholars Association will join forces with the University of Leeds Business Confucius Institute to host a very special Chinese New Year Gala at Leeds Town Hall. The aim is to create a sense of familiarity and warmth for Chinese people in Leeds, while giving us all a chance to explore Chinese culture. Expect lion dancing, jujitsu, music and competitions throughout the evening.

Chinese New Year Gala is at Leeds Town Hall from 6.30pm on Thursday 31st January 2019. Tickets start from £8 and are available now.

How else you can celebrate…

Wondering how else you can get involved in Chinese New Year celebrations? There are plenty of traditions you can try at home. Why not clean the slate by doing some spring cleaning or even getting rid of that old grudge, by wishing a friend or foe well? Alternatively, you can abstain from meat or pass out lucky red envelopes to loved ones with money inside.

Chinese New Year is the perfect chance to spend time with family and friends in Leeds. Get the family together for a huge feast (and make sure to include fish and dumplings which are thought to bring prosperity) or pay a long overdue visit to your grandparents. Afterwards, everyone can help chase off the spirits using firecrackers, fireworks and burning bamboo to make a right din. You might not be superstitious, but we bet the little ones will get a kick out of it.