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This year it's the year of the dog and falls on Friday 16th February. Celebrate Chinese New Year in Leeds...
Tai Chi - Chinese New Year - Leeds Town Hall - Leeds Chinese Community Association
East Meets West at Royal Armouries

Insight: East Meets West at the Royal Armouries Museum

Modern-day practitioners of traditional and historical martial arts from East and West compare and contrast techniques and technologies over this weekend of activity on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January at Royal Armouries Museum

The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds are supporting this themed weekend with Chinese music and cultural activities.

Celebrations at Leeds Town Hall

Leeds Chinese Community School hosts a unique event, Chinese New Year Celebration: Rhythm of China, to celebrate the 'Year of the Dog'.

This year’s event, taking place on Monday 5th February at 7pm at Leeds Town Hallwill be a day of excitement and celebration giving you a real taste of China. Showcasing music performed by the Chinese Traditional Music Orchestra consisting of 60 talented young people originating from Guang Zhou, China. Local artists along with youth music groups will also be performing to celebrate this remarkable occasion.

Audiences will appreciate the fascinating shapes of traditional instruments, experience authentic Chinese music, song, dance and culture, and celebrate the diversity of Chinese and Western music.

Tickets are priced at £6 and available to buy here. 

Leeds Town Hall
Intercultural Ambassador Show
Experience an evening of performances from different cultures to celebrate the diversity of Leeds University on Tuesday 13th February! Part of World Unite Festival 2018, this variety show brings together everything from solo hip hop pieces and singing to traditional Filipino dances and martial arts. Throughout the show the performances tell the story of the traditional Chinese folk tale Journey to the West. Come along to learn about different cultures in a unique and entertaining way!

Tickets cost just £3 and include finger food prior to the event. Tickets will be available soon via the Leeds University Union website or from the Union helpdesk. All proceeds from the event will be going towards Action – Leeds Student Volunteers. Find out more here


From Tuesday 13th - Friday 16th February, Leeds City Museum will be celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Dog with crafts and activities inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. The activities are 10am-12pm and 1-3pm and you can just drop in.

Plus, on Tuesday 13th February there will be a special day at the museum: Dogs and Lion Dancing.  A day for dog lovers and those who love finding out about animals at the museum! This is a bumper day to celebrate Chinese New Year with special performances and making activities for all the family. Follow a special Chinese New Year treasure hunt, have your face painted and enter the prize draw on the day too. Free, drop in. This event is sponsored by and run in partnership with the Grammar School at Leeds.

Chinese New Year of the Dog activities at Leeds City Museum
Chinese New Year Gala

A spectacular evening of performances to celebrate Chinese New Year on Wednesday 14th February, brought to you by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and supported by The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds. The gala will involve a variety of wonderful performances, in a similar format to the famous TV variety show watched by millions in China on the eve of Chinese New Year! Enjoy authentic traditional Chinese arts including lion dancing, jujitsu and face-changing, as well as performances by Chinese students and Leeds University student societies. Tickets will be available soon.


The Leeds Chinese Community Association is once again hosting a Chinese New Year Festival for the 2018 arrival of the “Year of the Dog”.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 18 February, 11:30am-3:30pm at Leeds Town Hall. The occasion promises to deliver a wide variety of Chinese experiences including Dancing, Music, Diabolo, Calligraphy, Martial Arts and Taekwondo; there will also be trade stands offering a variety of Chinese Food, Crafts, Beauty and Face Painting.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are on sale from 11:00am and the workshops begin at 11:30am. Find out more here

Chinese New Year Festival - Chinese Dragon
The beautiful Chinese Drawing Room at Temple Newsam - Leeds Museums and Galleries
Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals  Zodiac Heads - Yorkshire Sculpture Park



Visit Lotherton Hall to discover a fabulous range of Chinese ceramics, from the Neolithic earthenwares of the Gansu Yangshao culture over 5000 years ago, to more modern porcelains with their multi-coloured enamel glazes.

At Leeds City Museum the Voices of Asia gallery celebrates the sights, sounds and culture of Asia overseas and here in Leeds. Topics explored include Faith and Festivals, Trade and War, Fashion, Music, Dance and Food.

One of the most famous rooms at Temple Newsam is Lady Hertford's Chinese Drawing Room. The walls are hung with a delightful Chinese hand-painted wallpaper depicting a terraced garden with the sky full of exotic birds. 

See Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads at Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 22 April 2018. Ai reinterpreted the 12 bronze heads representing the traditional Chinese zodiac that once adorned the famed fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan, the imperial summer palace retreat in Beijing.

On Monday 12th February, 17:30-19:30, Join Global Cafe at Leeds University to celebrate Lunar New Year with fun activities so you can learn about Chinese culture and Lunar New Year.

Chinese Dance- Chinese New Year - Leeds Town Hall - Leeds Chinese Community Association


There are a number of Chinese restaurants in Leeds.

Mans Market are offering 2 4 1 on all main courses throughout January and try Tattu Leeds' specially created, unique festival menu! 

Head to Maxi's Leeds for a fabulous feast to celebrate the occassion.