Record Crowds celebrate Chinese New Year in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, UK – The FREE Annual Birmingham Chinese New Year Celebrations sponsored by Lebara Mobile UK were celebrated by record crowds on Sunday 14 February.
"Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter was awash with colour as record crowds descended on the Arcadian Centre to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. More people than ever turned out as a vibrant programme of Lion Dancing, Kung Fu demonstrations Chinese acrobats and many more, coupled with the most favourable weather, created a real party atmosphere for the thousands of revellers who turned out to celebrate – especially as it was all provided free of charge.
Leader of Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby kicked off the celebrations by performing the traditional ‘dotting of the dragon’s eyes’ ceremony to mark the start of the Chinese New Year. Fire crackers and dragon dances then filled the Arcadian Centre with noise and colour. New partnerships with Lebara Mobile and Birmingham Hippodrome meant the festival exceeded all expectations. There were more stalls and entertainments than ever along Hurst Street, where people sampled Chinese food and had their names written in Chinese calligraphy. The new performance space in the foyer of the Birmingham Hippodrome was also a huge success.
On the main stage in the Arcadian Centre, members of the public from all communities were treated to thrilling acrobatics from the Bai Ling Chinese Acrobats, spectacular Lion Dancing on poles by the Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu academy and charming dancing from the children of Chinese schools in Birmingham.
Festival Chairman Jeffrey Yap said, “This year’s celebrations were the best yet. We were delighted to see so many families from all parts of the community come to usher in the Year of the Tiger. Our event is becoming so popular, and we hope to build on that success to ensure the Year of the Rabbit is even more successful. Thanks must go to the committee members for all their hard work and to our new partners for their support.”
The main sponsor for the 2010 festival was Lebara Mobile. Other partners include: Birmingham City Council (Leisure and Tourism), The Arcadian Centre, Ibis Hotels (Birmingham City Centre), Birmingham Hippodrome and Midland Linen Services. Associate Partners this year are Grosvenor Casinos, Gala Casinos and Tsingtao Beer.”
Note to Editors:
The Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation. Its membership comprises of:
Birmingham Chinatown Lions Club
Birmingham Chinese Women's Association
Birmingham Chinese Society
Birmingham Overseas Chinese Association School
Arcadian Centre Management
Birmingham City Council (Leisure and Tourism Dept.)
Chinese Community Centre, Birmingham