Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, 12th February, the new Lunar calendar beginning a year of the Ox. As with tradition celebrations will take place 11th – 17th February.
There will be private virtual workshops for youth and community groups.
Virtual open workshops
Release of specially produced Music, Dance and Food videos available on demand from 11th February (Youtube videos will be added to this webpage)
Creative collaborations throughout Chinese New Year period with final productions released later in March (National & International virtual exchange between artists & youth groups Newry, Mourne & Down (NI) & China, Signapore, England & New Zealand)
Some of the content produced for Newry, Mourne and Down programme will feature in the Chinese New Year event 14th February managed by Chinese Welfare Association. Register
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Culinary Cook David Lee founder & owner of Fired Cookery Classes has a passion of Asian street food. He provides cookery classes from his home in Killough showcasing delights of Asian cuisine. He believes that food can be a powerful cultural expression. He collaborated with organisations including Cook It, Take 5 projects, to bring a taste of Asian food culture to the South Down area.
Join in the Chinese New Year celebrations with David Lee, as he guides you through his handmade Shanxi noodles a delight your taste buds. Perfect for the seasoned chef or a humble beginner. This dish will transport you to the Hustle and bustle of a street food market.
Listen to the snap and crackle of hot seasoned oil, as it infuses with the flash of hot chilli flakes and fresh aromatic herbs. So get your chopsticks at the ready!
As part of the Beyond Skin Blueprint PeaceIV programme the Newry, Mourne & Down Chinese New Year Festival is scheduled to take place 11th – 17th February in virtual & natural shared spaces. Blueprint is a comprehensive ethnic minority cultural diversity programme across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The festival will be a sensory experience of activities through music, movement, arts, food and the natural world celebrating Chinese culture and the human spirit of the strength in togetherness as we all navigate through these challenging times. Through creative collaborations with our local & global neighbours the festival will also enable moments of reflection for those loved ones we have lost whilst also nurturing our own mental health and wellbeing. Activities will also carry a theme related to one or more of the sustainable development goals.
Activities will be participatory led by individuals & groups in the Newry, Mourne and Down area complimenting creative collaboration productions with artists in Northern Ireland, England, China & Singapore. Some activities will also be included in the Chinese New Year Festival 14th February managed by Chinese Welfare Association as we share the theme ‘Strong As An Ox”
To assist with our Chinese New Year programme and in partnership with Virtual Internships, we are delighted to welcome Hanyong Zhang to our team.
"My name is Hanyong Zhang. I was born in China and currently studying psychology and computer science in New Zealand. I enjoy building connections between people getting to know their culture. Playing instruments with friends is one of my favourite things, and I recently obsessed with ukulele."