CNY Year of the Pig flyerWEBA colourful and vibrant procession will take place in Ilkeston next month to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

This year is the Year of the Pig and to mark the occasion there will be lantern making workshops at Erewash Museum on Saturday 9 February, between 1pm-5.15pm.  Once visitors have created their stunning lanterns they can then join in the lantern procession – set to be a riot of colour and noise – as it make its way from the museum to Ilkeston Market Place, accompanied by drum players and dancers.

Entertainment on the Market Place will include traditional Chinese music, ribbon dancing and lion dancing, which will see costumed performers mimic the movements of a lion to bring good luck and fortune. There will also be singing and music from classically trained Ling Peng who will be playing the erhu. This will be the final event in the Erewash Festival of Light 2018/19 programme.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:

“This event always proves popular with the public and has attracted hundreds of people to Ilkeston Market Place in previous years. Our Arts Development Team do a fantastic job in organising colourful, vibrant and creative activities for people of all ages. We hope that everyone will join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year.”"

The cost of the lantern making workshops are £1.50 per person. More information can be found at

Erewash Museum is located in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.
Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email  or visit You can also follow the museum on Twitter @Erewash_Museum, and Instagram @erewashmuseum.

Erewash Borough Council

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