Celebrating the Year of the Tiger in Birmingham
03 February 2022
The Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham (CFCB) will be hosting their Chinese New Year celebrations online together with free performances at Bullring & Grand Central produced by Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 5th February to welcome in the Year of the Tiger.
Between 12 and 5pm, shoppers and visitors to the city centre can enjoy the traditional, and much loved, lion dance and processions through Bullring & Grand Central as well as a packed programme featuring fan dancers, shaolin monks and face changing dancers. The celebrations will be followed by an online show from the CFCB in the evening from 5-7pm on Facebook and Youtube.
The live stream will feature videos from several organisations around Birmingham including West Midlands Safari Park who will be sharing an insight to their Bengal and Sumatran tigers. Other content will include Chinese calligraphy lessons, inside tours of Southside businesses, cooking guides including how to make traditional dumplings and hot pot, lion dances, prize giving and much more.
James Wong, Chairman of the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham said: “I am delighted to be working in collaboration with such brilliant partners to celebrate the Year of the Tiger at Bullring & Grand Central. Throughout our annual celebrations we also encourage people to support the Chinese community and businesses in Southside. Kung Hey Fat Choi for 2022.”
Danielle Bozward, Marketing Manager at Bullring & Grand Central said: “Our Chinese New Year celebrations in 2020 had a wonderful response from visitors and we are so pleased to be working with Birmingham Hippodrome and the Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham to bring Chinese New Year back to Bullring & Grand Central. The lion dance procession is a firm favourite in our calendar and we look forward to shoppers joining us for a day of celebrations.”
Graham Callister, Director of Festivals at Birmingham Hippodrome added: “The celebrations will mark the start of another exciting year of cultural events produced with Bullring & Grand Central. Chinese New Year is one of our favourite annual community events we produce.”
You can watch the Live Stream on YouTube or Facebook:
The free festival is a hugely loved and long-running annual event and being part of Chinese New Year gives businesses a unique opportunity to work with Birmingham’s Chinese community, local schools and many other businesses in the Southside district. The CFCB are looking to the strength from the Year of the Tiger to develop plans for the return of a large scale celebration in Southside and across the city in 2023, and the District welcomes companies and individuals to get involved and be part of the strong growth of our community in Birmingham.
If you would like to support Chinese New Year in Birmingham in 2023, please contact James Wong at [email protected] for more information.