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Just moved to Jesmond or the surrounding areas? Whether you’re a professional or student who has just recently rented in the area or a lifelong resident then a trip into the city centre to see in the Chinese New Year 2013 is a must.

This event is always very popular with the people of Newcastle and usually gets a great turnout. Why not join the celebrations on Sunday 10 February and celebrate the Year of the Snake with Chinese-inspired events, performances and activities. Theres something there for all the family.

With spectacular dragon, unicorn and lion dances under the ornate Ceremonial Arch as you sample delicious Oriental foods, see fantastic traditional performances and join in the excitement of this joyful and colourful event.

We have listed below a brief description of just some of the events but you can download a full guide to everything here

Chinese Arch, Stowell Street
From 12.30pm approx
Traditional dragon, lion and unicorn dances.

North East Chinese Association,
Stowell Street
11am – 4pm
The North East Chinese Association presents an exhibition of Chinese costume, food, arts and crafts.

Chinese Market & Fairground,
Bath Lane & Thornton Square
11am – 5pm
Funfair and stalls featuring traditional arts and crafts and Chinese food.

Bath Lane Stage
11.30am: Speeches
Speeches from key representatives of the Chinese Community and Newcastle City Council.

12noon: Eye Dotting Ceremony
A unique opportunity to witness the auspicious Eye Dotting Ceremony of the new Chinese Dragon as he is awoken from his slumber to the sound of firecrackers.

12.30pm – 4.30pm: Performances
An exciting spectacle of performances and demonstrations, with the lion dance arriving to distribute Lucky Money at 4pm approx.

Dance City, Temple Street
11am – 5pm
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Newcastle University
invite you to understand the real Chinese culture; come along and take part in Chinese activities and games old and new.

The Chinese Centre,
Westgate Road
11am – 5pm
Chinese zodiac, calligraphy, foods, card, calendar making, fortune telling, lucky draw and games.

Children’s Marquee,
Thornton Square
11am – 5pm
Traditional Chinese arts and crafts and fun for all the family including Chi Chun Chao who will be creating Chinese calligraphy where you can learn how to write your own name in Chinese.

Thanks and enjoy, the team at Fraser Grant.

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