BIRMINGHAM, UK – The FREE Annual Birmingham Chinese New Year Celebrations sponsored by Lebara Mobile UK were celebrated by record crowds on Sunday 6 February.
"Birmingham‟s Chinese Quarter was awash with colour as tens of thousands of people descended on the Arcadian Centre to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. Thousands of families from all communities 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 and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Len Gregory 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. The continued partnership with Lebara Mobile and a new partnership with Circus Casino meant the festival exceeded all expectations. There were more stalls and entertainments than ever along Hurst Street, where people sampled Chinese food, had their names written in Chinese calligraphy. The new LED screen placed on Hurst Street was a huge success. Another new addition – a spectacular Firework Finale – ensured a memorable day was had by all.
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 Rabbit. Our event is becoming so popular, and we hope to build on that success to ensure the Year of the Dragon is even more successful – especially since I was born in the Year of the Dragon! Thanks must go to the committee members for all their hard work and to our partners for their support.”
The main sponsor for the 2010 festival was Lebara Mobile. The Silver sponsor was Circus Casinos. Other partners include: Birmingham City Council (Leisure and Tourism), The Arcadian Centre, Ibis Hotels (Birmingham City Centre) and Midland Linen Services.”
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2. Chinese New Year’s Day fell on 3 February 2011 but changes annually.
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
The Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee (UK) is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation dedicated solely to the organisation of Chinese New Year Festivities in Birmingham.
Over the past few years the event, held at the Arcadian Centre in Birmingham has become the largest celebration of its kind in the Midlands attracting approximately 20,000 people throughout the day.
All members of the community are welcome, and entry is free.