Chinese New Year in Nottingham 2020
The Year of the Rat

In 2020 Chinese New Year will celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rat.

People born in 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020 fall under this zodiac sign. Some famous names who share this zodiac birthday include William Shakespeare, Prince Harry, Katy Perry, Charlotte Bronte, Prince Charles and George Washington.

Zodiac Rats are clever, optimistic and are usually very successful. They place an emphasis on being sensitive to other people’s emotions and are thus likable by all. However, despite their success, they are content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

Lucky numbers for Rat people are 2 and 3; lucky colours are blue, gold and green; and lucky flowers are lilies, African violet plants and the valley lily.

View the programme brochure:
In English
In Chinese

This programme of events has been made possible with financial support and assistance from:


Arts & Crafts

  • Priseman Seabrook CollectionViking: Rediscover the Legend exhibition
    Sat 11 Jan – Sun 16 Feb
    Wallner Gallery, Lakeside Arts
    The Priseman Seabrook Collection was established by British artist Robert Priseman and his wife Ally Seabrook in 2014. This selection of contemporary Chinese works is focused on small handmade works on paper created by leading Chinese artists working in the 21st century. Find out more
  • Drop in Arts & CraftsDanelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands
    Sun 26 January, 12noon-3pm
    Performing Arts Studio, Lakeside Arts
    A fabulous opportunity to try out dfifferent Chinese arts and crafts including paper cutting, Chinese knots, calligraphy and more. Find out more
  • Brush Painting WorkshopsExhibition talks
    Wed 29 Jan & Wed 5 Feb, 6-8pm
    Visual Arts Studio, Lakeside Arts
    Feng Ru-Lee will lead these workshops which introduce the techniques of Chinese Brush painting. Each session will focus on a different flower or plant. Book for one or both. Find out more


Performances & Special Events

  • Temple Fair Exhibition talks
    Sat 18 Jan, 10.30am-5pm
    Market Square, Nottingham

    Temple Fairs, originally gatherings held close to folk temples for the worship of the Chinese gods and immortals, are held today in many different locations. Try a range of activities which regularly feature as part of China’s New Year festivities. There will be arts and crafts including calligraphy, brush painting and paper cuttings; storytelling, music and dance including the Chinese Dragon Dance, and the chance to try out some authentic Chinese foods. Find out more

  • Overheard, Written by Joel TanViking Half Term Activities
    Mon 10 Feb, 6pm & 8pm
    Gallery Café, Lakeside Arts

    Following last year’s debut of Citizens of Nowhere? by Ming Ho, Chinese Arts Now are back with this enthralling audio drama. This innovative work lets you eavesdrop with headphones on the actors seated at a table nearby, breaking down the barrier between the audience and the performers. Reflecting on belonging and identity, the cast explore what it means to be British and Chinese at a time of political and cultural upheaval. Find out more
  • Chinese New Year Gala 2020Viking Half Term Activities
    Thur 6 & Fri 7 Feb, 7pm
    Sat 8 Feb, 1pm & 3.30pm

    Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts
    A sweeping array of entertainment ranging from enchanting Chinese Erhu, Guzheng and Bamboo Flute music, to edge-of-your-seat group Kung Fu routines, will weave together a beautiful tapestry of the contemporary and traditional. Share the boundless energy of the Rat with us – the perfect way to begin the year. Find out more
  • 8th Si Yuan Cup Table Tennis Tournament Viking Activity Days
    Sat 2 Feb, 9am-4pm
    David Ross Sports Village
    To celebrate Chinese New Year, table tennis players of all ages and ethnicities – beginners or advanced levels – are welcome to enter the tournament. Free taster sessions will also be on offer. To register or find out more, please visit Find out more