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Huge Chinese New Year festival welcomes The Dragon to Sheffield

The Lunar Chinese Year Festival will take place in Sheffield this month, celebrating the Year of the Dragon and including a food festival at the Peace Gardens, a live show at the University of Sheffield’s Octagon Centre and a charity auction dinner at local restaurant China Red.

The five-day event, taking place from Friday 9th to Tuesday 13th February, is set to be an exciting and inclusive celebration of diversity in the city.

The festival is spearheaded by Jerry Cheung, MD at New Era Development Ltd, and assisted by Kelvin Quick of China Red, among others, and brings Eastern culture to the heart of Sheffield with food, music and dragon dancing.

Year of The Dragon

Money raised throughout the festival will be used to change lives and support The Children’s Hospital Charity, who will mark the event by lighting up Sheffield Children’s Hospital with a five-metre dragon.

Jerry Cheung commented: “I have a very deep passion for community, and obviously, most of us have children in our lives that hold special places in our hearts.

“This event is about culture sharing, bringing communities together; about bringing people together; and at the same time, we’re able to raise money for a good cause.”

Chinese New Year

The celebrations will begin with the switch-on of the dragon display at Sheffield Children’s, overlooking Clarkson Street, on Friday 9th.

On Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th over 35 stalls will take over the Peace Gardens for a free-entry food festival celebrating amazing cuisine, artisan products, traditional arts & crafts, and more. This is where the spectacular dragon dance performance will take place on Sunday.

For the evening of Saturday 10th February, an immersive show with traditional dragon dancing, extraordinary acrobats, live music, and world class performers from China will grace the Octagon stage.

Year of The Dragon

Chinese-owned business, Independent Sheffield, will also be hiding traditional red envelopes across the city over the same dates with prizes inside from local independent East Asian businesses such as Yee Kwan Ice Cream, Guyshi, China Red, ALS Gong Cha, Oisoi, KH Oriental, Wokie Box etc. You might even find some cash!

To find out more about the Sheffield Lunar Chinese New Year Festival, visit sheffieldchinesenewyear.com.




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