17 February—18 February 2024

Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon

We’re all fired up for welcoming in the Year of the Dragon this February!

Join us in celebrating the Spring Festival with a feast of spectacular performances, stalls and activities.

Catch the vibrant song and dance performances, marvel at the martial arts demonstrations, and learn about Chinese culture and heritage. There are plenty of craft and traditional activities, whilst our roving pandas want to say hello!

There will be a delicious Chinese inspired menu in the café and beautiful Chinese goods for sale in the shop.

You can also pick up one of our dragon detective trails to search for dragons throughout the museum!

The Year of the Dragon starts on 10 February 2024 and finishes on 28 January 2025.

According to the Chinese Zodiac people born in a year of the Dragon are charismatic, determined, ambitious and sincere.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery would like to thank our event sponsors: University of Bristol and University of the West of England

Our thanks also for the support of China National Tourist Office London and Make It China.

Programme

(Subject to change)

Performances  

With host Dennis Hu (CEO – Made in China) and special VIP guests 

Saturday 

10.15 Welcome

10:30 Kung Fu demonstration with dragon and Northern lion
Bristol Shaolin Wushu Academy

11.00 Traditional Lion dance
University of Bristol Lion Dance Troupe

11.30 Special Chinese dance
Yunnan Province dance troupe – direct from China to join us!

12.45 Children’s performance
Avon Chinese School

1pm Panda dance
Enjoy a dance with our pandas!

1.15pm Interval

2.30 Mongolian ‘Chopsticks’ dance, Tai Chi, The Dance of Ink
South Gloucestershire Chinese Association

3.15 Kung Fu demonstration
Bristol Shaolin Wushu Academy

3.30 ‘Splash’ dance, fan dance, old school disco
South Gloucestershire Chinese Association

4.00 Traditional Lion Dance
University of Bristol Lion Dance Troupe

4.30 Traditional Dance
Clevedon School

4.45 End

Sunday

10.30 Tai Chi with open hand
Wutan Chinese Martial Arts

11.00 Traditional Lion dance
University of Bristol Lion Dance Troupe

12.00 Chinese fusion dance
Movema featuring the Everybody Dance Now group from Filwood Community Centre and their dragon called ‘Pea’

12.30 Pop music with a Chinese twist
KALA CHNG

1pm Panda dance
Enjoy a dance with our pandas!

1.30pm Interval

2.30 Tai Chi with fan and sword
Wutan Chinese Martial Arts

3.00 Chinese Dance
North Somerset Intercultural Dance Association

3.30 Adult Kung Fu display
Wutan Chinese Martial Arts

4.00 Traditional Lion dance
University of Bristol Lion Dance Troupe

4.30pm End

Activities, stalls and gallery performance

Ground floor   – Rear Hall, Curiosity Gallery

  • Have a go at traditional paper-folding with Chinese Community Wellbeing Society
  • Enjoy craft activities with the University of the West of England
  • Learn about Lunar New Year and try on traditional clothes with volunteers from University of Bristol and University of the West of England.
  • Discover the University of Bristol’s Chinese medicine garden with the Botanical Garden team
  • Take a selfie and learn about China with the Made in China team.
  • Additional pop-up shop

First Floor – Schools/Activity Room

  • Spring Festival family crafts, films and photographs
  • There will be videos, photos and craft activities to learn more about Bristol’s sister city of Guangzhou, China

Second Floor – Schiller Gallery (Sunday only)

11.30am and 12.30pm

‘New Year Across East and South-East Asia’  – Discover how diverse countries celebrate Lunar New Year with performances by Made on the Moon

Partners

We will be joined across the weekend by various local associations and others including the University of Bristol Lion Dance Troupe, South Gloucestershire Chinese Association, Avon Chinese School, Bristol Shaolin Wushu Academy, Bristol Wutan, Filwood Community Centre and Movema, KALA CHNG, North Somerset Intercultural Dance Alliance,  Chinese Community Wellbeing Society, Make It China, Made on the Moon, University of Bristol Botanical Garden, UWE and University of Bristol student volunteers, and others.