Scotland festival celebrates Chinese New Year

14th Feb 2013

A month-long festival called Takeaway China is being held in Scotland to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Launch celebrations in Glasgow's Merchant Square courtyard included dragon dancers, Cantonese opera groups and children's folk art.

A display from contemporary Chinese photographers and workshops on Chinese comics, lantern making and calligraphy are among the features and activities being used to welcome the year of the water snake.

Nicola Larkin, of the Ricefield Arts and Cultural Centre which produced this year's festival, said the month-long event is celebrating Chinese arts and culture.

She added: "Essentially it's a celebration of Chinese arts and culture and it coincides with Chinese New Year. It's for people interested in Chinese arts and culture but it's also for the Chinese community to get involved and have a hub for the celebrations."

Attractions include 20 art pieces from Suining in the north of the Jiangsu Province, offering an insight into local life in China, being displayed at the Merchant Square in Candleriggs.

On Saturday, youngsters can learn how to draw and create comics in different Chinese styles or make Chinese lanterns. A very different attraction on February 17 and 24 is finding out about achieving health and inner calm at Tai Chi with Li Ho.


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