Lion dancing, dragons, lights and music will all come together in a triumph of colour and sound as Erewash Museum celebrates the Chinese New Year in style this month.
2020 is the Year of the Rat and to mark the occasion the museum will be holding a rat-themed lantern making workshop on Saturday 25 January, between 1.15pm - 5.15pm with a nominal charge of £1.60 per person to cover costs.
In the build up to Chinese New Year and the procession, traditional Chinese artist Ling Peng will deliver cultural workshops to Dovedale Primary and Parklands Infant and Nursery Schools in Long Eaton and Mapperley C of E Primary School, teaching pupils the history of this significant festival and why it is celebrated all around the globe.
A spectacular lantern procession will then mark the finale of the Erewash Festival of Light, making its way from the museum at 5.30pm to Ilkeston Market Place. Led by the Nottingham Seven Star Lion Dance, pupils from local schools will be taking part in the parade which will culminate in a lively session of dancing, sounds and tales.
Artist Ann Levett of Avago Crafts has created a colourful rat lantern which will go on tour to visit each of the schools involved and then head up the procession.
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said:
“This is a lovely way to welcome in the Chinese New Year and a great event for all the family to get involved with. The procession through the town really is a sight to behold and brings together all ages and walks of life from around the borough. Holding cultural workshops within local schools is a great idea, educating children all about one of the biggest events celebrated across the globe.”