Celebrate Chinese New Year right in the heart of Lancaster!

Live Music, Dance and Theatre

Live performances from 11am of dance, music and theatre throughout the day with artists from across the UK.

See the lions and dragons roar into town alongside the Festival street markets along the city’s historic streets with a range of international foods, gifts and more. The Lycamobile Stage in Market Square will include performances of dance, music and martial arts from Pagoda Arts, WanLin School of Chinese Dance, Northern Dragons Lion Dance Team, Blackpool Qilin Martial Arts Team and guest performances from Batala!

Carnival Parade

This is followed by the parade – which features returning favourites Northern Dragons and Batala to lead the way – starts at 2pm making its way along Penny Street down through the city centre and through into Market Square.

You can also take part by joining the art workshops in the week before the carnival and make your own lantern! Find out more on the Arts Workshops page.

Funfair Rides for the Family

Taylors Funfair will also be back to fill Market Square with funfair rides to keep the little nippers happy all day!

Nanjing Road: International Street Food

Find out who will be at the Festival Markets – click here.

Many thanks to the headline sponsor – Lycamobile – and our funders – Arts Council and LancasterBID. And additional sponsorship from Lancaster University Confucius Institute.

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