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Weekend Picks: Chinese New Year in Nottingham

Nottingham Civic Centre & Market Square: Saturday 28 January.

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This weekend in Nottingham there are many opportunities to see and participate in activities which regularly feature as part of China’s new year celebrations.

In the Market Square there will be arts and crafts including calligraphy, brush painting and paper cutting, storytelling, music and dance as well as performances by Nottingham Chinese School.

Chinese broadcaster CCTV will also be in attendance at the event to record some of the activities for use in their annual Chinese New Year broadcast.

Gedling Play Forum and Gedling Council will later present an arts and crafts event with a Chinese theme to celebrate the year of the Rooster.

You can join in the event for free and get involved with the oriental inspired arts and crafts activities as well as watching a traditional Lion Dance.

There will be a Chinese story telling session for the children with an opportunity to take part in some musical events.

To all of our viewers, Kung Hey Fat Choi. (Happy New Year)

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Weekend Picks: Another Happy New Year

Nottingham: Old Market Square, Saturday 11:00 to 16:00

Credit: ITV News.

It's still a week to go until the beginning of the Chinese new year, and this year it's the year of the Rooster, but theres plenty to get involved with to get you in the mood ahead of the official celebrations.

With a brand new free event showcasing Chinese culture in Nottingham's Old Market Square this weekend, there's no reason not to get involved.

Visitors can expect food, drink and craft stalls, live singing and dancing and even traditional lion dance performances.

And to compliment the events, a Nottingham-based artist will also be illuminating the University's iconic Trent Building with an array of images to capture contemporary and traditional elements of Chinese art and culture.

Celebrations set to mark Chinese New Year

There will be celebrations across the Midlands today to mark Chinese New Year.

This year it's the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle, and those who celebrate Chinese New Year are hoping it will bring good luck.

Video: Celebrations continue for the 'Year of the Monkey'

The Chinese New Year celebrations are continuing in Birmingham today.

The 'Year of the Monkey' is being celebrated in the Arcadian Centre in the heart of the city centre.

ITV Central captured some of the on-stage entertainment.

Even West Midlands Police are enjoying the festivities.

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Video: Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham

The 2016 Chinese New Year celebrations have started in Birmingham, with a host of displays in the city centre.

The festivities in the Arcadian started at around 12:30pm and will continue until about 5pm this evening.

Watch our video as the festivities get underway.

Midlands' Chinese New Year events

Chinese New Year celebrations today Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/Press Association Images

The Year of the Horse will be welcomed in with events across the Midlands.

At Nottingham University's Confucius Institute people can try traditional Chinese arts like paper cutting and paper folding, brush painting and calligraphy.

Traditional celebrations Credit: DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

There will also be Tai-Chi demonstrations and workshops and a local storyteller will be telling some traditional folk tales from China.

New Year celebrations Credit: PAUL MILLER/AAP/Press Association Images

In Birmingham there will be a Lion Dance and a Martial Arts demonstration around the Arcadian Centre in the city before a fireworks display.

Welcoming in the New Year Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chinese New Year is one of the oldest celebrated festivals in the world. The festivities traditionally last for 15 days and in China this is the main public holiday period.

Children are traditionally given red envelopes containing money and receive new clothes from their parents.

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