Our event kicks off the Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday 2nd February 2019 from 11.30pm – 15.30pm in Southampton’s cultural quarter in the Guildhall Square where all your senses will come alive.
Experience traditional Lion and Dragon Dancing, stunning Chinese Kung Fu performances including Tai Chi, synchronised weapons and group routines, acrobatics and other extraordinary stunts. Alongside these, your senses will be dazzled by professional Chinese Opera singers, a Bamboo Flute musician and Ukulele players. Moreover, this event will host dancers from all over the world, from hip hop and break dance to Irish tap dancing and Indian belly dancing; all bringing spectacular cultural artistry right to Southampton.
Before and after the staged event, the public will have the opportunity to engage in various activities and workshops:
– face painting for the small and young at heart
– Chinese paper cutting, lantern making and calligraphy for the artists
– dumpling, tea and coffee making for the gourmets
– tai chi, qi gong, yoga and massage for the health interested and finally
– belly dance, hip hop, break dance, zumba and fitness for the super active
Local businesses and supporters of the event will delight foodies, families and artists alike with stalls offering all sorts of mementos to take away includes authentic treats, and arts and crafts from the East that will succumb even the most discerning. Before the day is done, don’t forget mark the occasion by gathering your friends and family together for a picture with our iconic lions.
The UK Shaolin Temple has a proven track record of providing crowd pleasing displays of traditional Chinese arts and culture including Lion and Dragon Dancing. Each year, we hold an average of 10 Chinese New Year celebration events in the South of England in collaboration with local associations, businesses, charities, schools, and community organisations. Moreover, our spectacular Kung Fu performances are highly anticipated, as was seen during Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays Chinese New Year’s celebrations of the past two years. Thousands of people eagerly waited to see our colourful displays, music, and traditional costumes.