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Unfortunately, due to adverse weather, we were forced to cancel the Chinese New Year Celebrations and firework display on Sunday 22 February.  The wind speed and direction made it too dangerous to proceed wit the display and heavy rain meant the outdoor stage was too slipperly to allow the performances to go ahead. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

However, we have rescheduled the firework display, which will now take place:

 Sunday 8 March 6pm Highfields Park

However, please keep checking this web page for more updates closer to the time.  As we are dependent on clement weather to proceed. We would like to thank all our visitors and supporters for their understanding and well wishes at this time and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sunday the 8 March.

It's the 10th anniversary of the University of Nottingham in China, so we've planned a special programme of events to celebrate the special relationship between the University, the city and Ningbo.  There will be screenings of some prize-winning films selected from the Chinese University Student Micro Film Festival, dancing from the Nottingham Chinese School, a special traditional story from China, magical Face-Changing performance, live music and dance performances leading to a fireworks finale.

As ever, we advise you to dress warmly and be ready for whatever the weather throws at us.



With regret and no small element of disappointment, we’ve had to take the decision to postpone the firework display scheduled for 6pm this evening as a result of wind speed and direction, and wind gusts at too high a level for safety.  We hope we may be able to reschedule for Sunday 8 March which is the first weather window currently showing on the long range forecast.

However, given all the work that groups have put into rehearsal over the last 5 weeks, we’re planning to go ahead with the onstage activity as best as we can from 4.30pm – 6pm.

Please wrap up warmly and wear waterproof clothing.  Wellies or boots of any kind with good treads are advised as the ground is soft and becoming muddy.


 On Sunday 22 February, we look forward to welcoming the Year of the Ram.  Traditionally a family celebration, we invite individuals, friends and famlies to come together at a series of performances, exhibitions and workshops and an eagerly awaited fireworks finale at Highfields Park.




Let the Chinese Dream Fly


8 January - 22 February

Wallner Gallery

Admission Free


A Selection of Chinese State Campaign Posters issued under the current leadership of Xi Jinping, 'China Dream' refers to a spirit of national rejuvenation with patriotism and innovation at its core.  The posters exhibited here promote classic Confucian family values and use pre-existing artworks, carefully selected to carry particular poems and slogans.  They encompass a wide range of styles including traditional folk art such as paper cuts, woodblock prints and brush painting.


YEH-SHEN: The Chinese Cinderella

Presented by Yellow Earth

Sunday 1 February 1pm and 3.30pm

Djanogly Theatre


Running time: 60 mins

Suitable for children aged 6+ and their families

Once upon a time in China, a poor young girl lives with her step-mother and step-sister who treat her very badly.  Her only real friend is a magical fish that helps her attend the Spring Festival celebrations dressed in a spectacular cloak and beautiful golden slippers.  When Yeh-Shen loses a slipper, it begins a journey of its own...This Chinese version of a much-loved European story is told with puppetry, live music and elements of Beijing Opera.

Click here to book online or contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.


Traditional Stories from China

Told by Nicky Rafferty

Saturday 21 February

1pm and 3.30pm

Djanogly Theatre


Suitable for All

Running time: 50 mins

Consummate storyteller Nicky Rafferty will lead the audience on a journey through Chinese landscapes to discover a myriad of traditional folk tales.

To book please contact our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.


Chinese Ribbon Dance & Fan Dance

Tuesday 17 February

10-11.30am (6-8 Years)

12.30-2pm (9-12 Years)


Learn the graceful art of fan dancing and ribbon dancing under the expert guidance of Dan Du, and share your progress with your family at the end of the session.

To book, please call our Box Office on 0115 846 7777


Chinese Brush Painting

Wednesday 18 February 10-11.30am

12.30pm - 2pm

Suitable for ages 6+


Try out the ancient and delicate art of Chinese Brush Painting under the guidance of an expert.  Learn about and make some of your own distinctive oriental art work.  Specialist brushes and paints are supplied.

To book, please call our Box Office on 0115 846 7777.


Chinese Arts and Crafts Drop In Workshops

Saturday 21 February



Suitable for ages 5+ and their families

Create some fabulous decorations to hang in readiness for the Year of the Ram.  Staff and students from the University of Nottingham Confucius Institute will help you paint beautiful fans, cut-out wonderful paper lanterns and write New Year messages in Chinese calligraphy.




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Audience Comments


'Just wanted to say how fantastic the fireworks were last night. I thought they were great last year, but last night was just spectacular, so in time with the music too. The love heart fireworks were a nice touch also. It was the best display I have been to and I will look forward to next Chinese New Year and encourage my family and friends to come along too. Well done.' - Jacqui Trickett


'Just wanted to say that the fireworks last night for chinese new year were fantastic - a great display that exceeded our expectations.' - Catherine Fenn

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