16 February—23 February 2021

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Ox

Happy Lunar New Year!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Ox with our free interactive online festival for all ages.

We’ll be marking the occasion with music, dance, talks, craft activities, storytelling, meditation, Chi Kung (comparable to yoga), a panel discussion on being East Asian and South East Asian in the UK, and lots more. Look out for messages from our friends in China!

You can see the Lunar New Year video message from Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees and  Mayor of Guangzhou Mr Wen Guohui here.

Free bookable talks and workshops:

Live Facebook event:

Joy Cheung wl be teaching us a traditional peacock dance from the Dai minority ethnic community in China.Join us live on Facebook on 19 February at 3pm for a fun session suitable for families and adults.

Full programme:

Link to the full programme of activities and films is here. Whereas the bookable events above are at fixed times, the activities and films can be dipped into at any time.

University of Bristol’s Global Lounge are holding a Travel the World special for Lunar New Year. Students will be sharing their Lunar New Year traditions and activities along with Dr Young Kim based in South Korea. Find out more about Travel the World.

Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year. The Year of the Ox starts on 12 February and ends on 30 January 2022.

According to the Chinese Zodiac people born in a year of the Ox are honest, trustworthy, diligent, dependable, strong and determined.

Brought to you by Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in association with KALA CHNG.

Browse our beautiful collection of Lunar New Year merchandise in our online shop.

In partnership with:

Avon Chinese School, BESEA TV, Bristol & Avon Chinese Women’s Group, Bristol & West of England China Bureau, Bristol Shaolin Wushu Academy, Bristol Wutan, North Somerset Inter-Cultural Dance Association, South Gloucestershire Chinese Association, University of Bristol Botanical Garden.

Further contributions from Younghe Allison, Joy Cheung, Liz Yee Ling, Eva Wong Nava, Movema, Poh Hooi Teoh and Stella Wang.


With thanks to our event sponsors University of Bristol and UWE Bristol.