6 February—7 February 2016

Chinese New Year: Monkey

Gather up your troop for some serious monkey business!

Welcome in the Year of the Monkey and celebrate Chinese New Year with spectacular traditional and contemporary performances, stalls, workshops and activities for all the family.

Our packed weekend of celebrations will feature spectacular lion dancing performances, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese dances, dressing up, arts and craft activities, live music and much more.

A variety of family activities including mask-making, paper folding and storytelling will be on offer, as well as opportunities to create lanterns and dragons, try your hand at calligraphy and show off your moves during interactive dance classes.

Don’t forget to say hello to our giant pandas!

Stalls throughout the museum will be featuring elements of Chinese culture with tea-tasting, acupuncture, Qigong workshops and Chinese medicinal plants.

There will also be tours of our magnificent Eastern Art collection, a delicious Chinese inspired menu in the café and beautiful Chinese goods for sale in the shop.

The Year of the Monkey starts on 8 February 2016 and continues until 27 January 2017. According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Monkey are intelligent, witty and mischievous.


Saturday 6 February

11am – Opening Speech by Bristol’s Lord Mayor, Clare Campion-Smith
11.10am – Chinese Choir from South Gloucestershire Chinese Association
11.45am – Authentic lion dance by University of Bristol Lion Dance
12.20pm – Traditional Chinese dance by Bath Chinese School
1.10pm – Kung Fu demonstration by Bristol Shaolin Wushu
1.20pm – Interval
2.05pm – Taiji fan dance by South Gloucestershire Chinese Association
2.10pm – Kung Fu demonstration by Bristol Shaolin Wushu
2.25pm – Chinese folk dance by South Gloucestershire Chinese Association
2.30pm – Music from Makala Cheung
3.10pm – Interactive Chinese dance workshop and demonstration by Movema
4.10pm – Authentic lion dance by University of Bristol Lion Dance

Sunday 7 February

11.10am – Welcome
11.15am – Tai Chi demonstration from Southville Wutan
11.30am – Authentic lion dance by University of Bristol Lion Dance
11.50am – Traditional Chinese dance and songs by Overseas Chinese Association and Sunday Chinese Language School
12.20pm – Kung Fu demonstration by Bristol Shaolin Wushu
12.35pm – Interval
1.20pm – Tai Chi demonstration from Wutan Chinese Martial Arts
1.35pm – Interactive Qigong session with Alex Turner
2.05pm – Traditional Chinese music played on the guzheng by Sunny Li
2.35pm – Kung Fu display from Wutan Chinese Martial Arts
3.05pm – Interactive Chinese dance workshop from Movema
4.05pm – Authentic lion dance by University of Bristol Lion Dance

Ground Floor

Rear hall, Curiosity gallery, Tapestry Room
Over the weekend explore a variety of stalls with activities for all ages including:
Paper-folding | Tea-tasting | Remedial Chinese massage (Tui Na) | Chinese medicinal plants | Learning about Chinese New Year and Chinese culture | Kites | Lantern-making | Dressing-up clothes and more.

Don’t forget to see the display Wartime China through the Lens of Joseph Needham put together by the University of Bristol.

Attic Tea | Bristol & Avon Chinese Women’s Group | Bristol China Partnership | Bristol Chinese Language School | Bristol group for the British Acupuncture Council | University of Bristol Botanic Garden/Chinese Medicinal Garden | Lebara Mobile

First Floor

Children’s Activity Room
Family craft activities: Make your own mask or a dragon on a string with Scrapstore Artrageous.
Calligraphy: Have a go with University of Bristol Chinese Chess and Calligraphy Society

World Wildlife Gallery
Storytelling with Tammi Redman: Suitable for 0-9 year olds, lasts 20-30 minutes
Saturday: 11.15am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Sunday: 11am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm

Second Floor

Schiller Gallery
Join Simon Baker for a tour of our Chinese Collection
Saturday and Sunday: Drop in any time between 11am – 1pm and 2.30 – 4.30pm

Main image: © John Seaman

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