Chinese New Year 2020

Chinese New Year celebrates the start of the lunar new year and is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

Join us for our celebrations on campus as we welcome in the Year of the Rat.

Chinese New Year crafts

Friday 24 January
11.00am-1.00pm, Students' Union Square

Celebrate the Year of the Rat through art and crafts.

Fortune cookie giveaway

Friday 24 January
11.00am-1.00pm, Students' Union Square

Traditional lion dance performance

Friday 24 January
1.00pm, Centenary Square

Global Café: Chinese New Year

Thursday 30 January
5.00-7.00pm (drop-in), Graduate Lounge, 1st floor Charles Wilson Building

Meet new people from around the world with our fortnightly Global Café. This event is an opportunity for international and UK students to learn about different cultures, make new friends and enjoy free food and drink! Read more about the event here.

For more free events like this please visit our student events page.

Chinese New Year Message 2020

Professor Nishan Canagarajah President & Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester sends his best wishes to everyone in the University of Leicester, China and around the world celebrating Chinese New Year.

jubilee square on a sunny dayYou can also celebrate the Year of the Rat in the city with two weeks of dazzling celebrations, involving dance, music, art, workshops and food, delivered by Cosmopolitan Arts.

City Centre Procession

Sunday 26 January
2.30-5.00pm, De Montfort University to Market Square

Traditional procession plus spectacular outdoor film projection performance with pyrotechnics and traditional lion and dragon dance.

Instant, Insight, Inscape

Tuesday 28 January – Thursday 6 February
Curve Theatre

Chinese paintings by SUN Jiujiang and WANG Yu

Last Friday at LCB Depot

Friday 31 January
5.00-10.00pm, LCB Depot, Rutland Street

Free workshops, activities and lion dance performances.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Saturday 1 February
11.00am-4.00pm, New Walk Museum, New Walk

Chinese New Year celebration, with traditional performances and workshops.

Chinese New Year Finale

Saturday 8 February
11.00am-4.30pm, Humberstone Gate

A wonderful end to the celebrations with exciting performances and workshops.

Find out more at Visit Leicester.