Chinese Dragon spotted in Southside ahead of Lunar New Year

Jon Gilchrist Artistic Director and CEO of Birmingham Hippodrome joined James Wong, Chair of the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee and Mr. Kin Bong Lam, Chair of the Birmingham Chinatown Business Association with a Chinese Dragon in Southside ahead of Birmingham’s Lunar New Year celebrations.

Birmingham’s Lunar New Year Festival shines a spotlight on the fantastic talent within the region and celebrates the many communities marking the Lunar New Year on Sunday 11 February, which this year welcomes in the Year of the Dragon.

Lunar New Year Dragon Facts:

  • 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon
  • The Year of the Wood Dragon is a rare event that occurs only once every 60 years.
  • Years: 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
  • The Dragon is the only fictitious creature in the Lunar New Year cycle which also includes fish, snake, deer, ox, crocodile and eagle.
  • The colours for Lunar New Year 2024 are blue and purple
  • Famous people who are year of the Dragon include Joe Lycett, Patrick Stewart, Kamala Harris,  Nancy Pelosi, Russel Crowe, Keanu Reeves

Running from 12noon until 6pm on Sunday 11 February, expect all the favourites from the traditional waking of the Dragon ‘Dim Jing’ to Lion and Dragon dances representing power, strength and good luck. It will be a day of performance from Tai Chi to Chinese Opera to K-pop dance to martial arts showcases. Join in with family activities and face painting, visit the craft market stalls and come along to the spectacular firework finale.

Lunar New Year 2024 is produced by Birmingham Hippodrome with Principal Partners Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee and Birmingham Chinatown Business Association, Uber Eats return as sponsors of the Festival Stage, the heart of the celebrations on Hippodrome Square.

This year’s Lunar New Year festival is supported by BentleySouthside DistrictThe Arcadian and Berkeley St Joseph with additional support from Birmingham Rainbow Casino.

Join Birmingham Hippodrome alongside partners and supporters in wishing each other Happy New Year, Xin Nian Kuai Le (in Mandarin) or Sun Nin Faai Lok (in Cantonese).

For further information visit our webpage for the event.