Chinese Events to Look Out for in 2018

2018-01-31 04:30:40


1, Chinese New Year

To welcome the Year of the Dog, London’s Chinatown will once again be pulling out all of the stops with a riotous, colourful celebration of Chinese music, dance and acrobatics.

Date: 16 February

Location: Chinatown, London

2, Dragon Boat Festival

Forget punting this summer and embrace yourself for an afternoon of Dragon boat racing. This ancient tradition is becoming the fastest growing water activity in Britain today and is back for another year in 2018.

Date: 18 June

Location: London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, London E16 2QT

Images: Photos of the Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival, courtesy of

3, Tomb-Sweeping Day

London Fo Guang Shan Temple will be holding a “Ching Ming Ancestor Memorial Service “ to advocate the virtues of filial piety and commemoration of ancestors.

Date: 4 April

Location: Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, London

4, Mid- Autumn Festival

If moon gazing, Chinese lanterns, fortune-telling games and mooncakes, sound like your idea of fun then head to London’s Chinatown to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival.

Date: 24 September

Location: London’s Chinatown


1, China Dream Season

In 2018 Liverpool will be embracing its Far East links with a special China season showcasing some of the best artists, musicians and performers from China and the UK.


Date: 8 February to 28 October

Location: Various venues around Liverpool city center

Images: see photographs

2, China in Context

Book lovers will be pleased to hear that China in Context, the UK’s first annual book festival celebrating writers and writing from and about China, is returning to London’s Chinatown with the theme of ‘Translation’.


Date: 5-18 March

Location: China Exchange, 32A Gerrard St London, W1D 6JA

Images: Baidu

3, China Changing Festival

Southbank Centre’s China Changing Festival (London) will showcase contemporary China and explore its creative connection with the UK by presenting some of the most innovative artists practising in China today.

Date: October

Location: Southbank Center, London


Images: (L-R: Hung Huang. Credit Wen Xiaoyang; Julia Cheng. Credit Zsuzsa Zico; Little Soldier Zhang Ga. Credit Li Xun, Jinsepindian)

4,China Focus

Gear up for a month-long series of China-related events at the British Library with talks, performances and family activities.

Date: 29 January- 19 March

Location: The British Library, London


1, John Thomson and China Talk

Michael Wood, historian and broadcaster, reflects on John Thomson’s photographs of China and the role they played to introduce ‘day to day’ life in China to the Victorian public.

Date: 17 May

Location: Khalili Lecture Theatre, Torrington Square, London, WC1H 0XG

2, Why Does the China Miracle Puzzle Economists?

Are you baffled by China’s economic growth? Linda Yueh, a prominent economist, Oxford Fellow BBC presenter and author of China’s Growth will be sharing her unique insights on this subject.

Date: 13 February

Location: Guanghwa Bookshop,

112 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5EJ

3, Hello Baijiu!

Chinese baijiu is the world’s most consumed spirit; join this tasting and cocktail masterclass to learn about different baijiu aromas, followed by a talk about the methods and history of its production and the social context in which it’s enjoyed.

Date: 20 February 18.30-20.00

Location: China Exchange, 32A Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London

4, The Festival Of Light comes to Coventry

The festival will feature giant mesmerizing lantern installations, Chinese dragon performances and incredible dancers and acrobats.

Date: 20-21 April

Location: Empire Coventry, 151 Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5DU

5, China-UK International Music Festival

The Festival will host concerts and music workshops to promote cultural cooperation, music competitions, master lectures, a concert and a party.

Date: 3-5 February

Location: The Octagon, QMUL, 327 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS

6, Journey through China with Tattu: Guangdong

Manchester's Finest will team up with Chinese restaurant Tattu to take followers on a journey through China with a unique series of gastronomic events.

Date: 15 February 19:00 – 23:59

Location: Tattu, Gartside Street, 3 Hardman Square, Spinningfields,

Manchester, M3 3EB

7, The Little Red Flower Troupe Spring Festival Celebration

The London Chamber of Commerce will host a Spring Festival celebration with the Little Red Flower Troupe, world-renowned youth music and dance performance group that has played all across the globe

Date: 18th February

Location: Trafalgar Square

8, Initiation- Selected Works by Emerging Chinese Artists and Designers

Over 50 works by 39 young Chinese emerging artists and designers will be exhibited, all hoping to offer the British audience a rich, creative perspective, artistic inspiration and cultural experience.

Date: 10 February-16 March

Location: 34 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QJ

9, Happy Spring Festival Chinese Movie Screenings

For Chinese film lovers Odeon will be screening a series of classic Chinese films throughout the UK.

Date: Beginning 16 February

Location: Odeon Cinemas

10, House of Fraiser Spring Festival Window Display

House of Fraiser will host a Chinese New Year window display showcasing Year of the Dog designs at eight stores in five cities: London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast.

Date: February

Location: House of Fraser stores throughout the UK



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