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Celebrating the Year of the Pig in Chinese style

(28 January 2019)

Durham is to celebrate the entry of the Year of the Pig in true Chinese style.

The Chinese New Year, which falls on Tuesday 5 February, will be celebrated with traditional music, dancing, storytelling, arts and more across Durham City on Saturday 9 February.

Entry is free, with support provided by ourselves, Durham BID, Durham Chinese School, Durham Markets and Durham County Council.

What you can see and do…

  • See members of our Chinese Students and Scholars Association (DUCSSA) performing traditional Chinese music, songs and dances;
  • Join Chinese language taster sessions and storytelling sessions led by staff and students from our School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC);
  • Take part in a Chinese tea ceremony, calligraphy, craft activities, chopstick activities, traditional handicrafts and seal and hairpin making, also led by DUCSSA members; and
  • Watch local children giving Chinese-themed performances, having been supported by students from our Ustinov and St Mary’s Colleges.

Additionally, there will be a traditional lion dance and horoscopes.

Our Oriental Museum will be involved too. Also on Saturday 9 February, visitors can make Chinese lanterns and paper cuts to decorate the Museum.

On Friday 15 February, the Museum and student volunteers will stage a Chinese New Year party, from 10am to 12.30pm. This is aimed at children with physical or learning disabilities, but is open to all. There will be crafts, storytelling and more. To book a place, please email:

Then on Tuesday 19 February, the Museum will be open until 8pm for a New Year Lantern Festival, with traditional crafts, refreshments and stories and a gallery hunt.

Bringing the world to Durham

Professor Claire O’Malley, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global), said: “As a global university, we’re proud that more than a quarter of our students come from outside the UK and 150 nationalities are represented among our staff and students.

“We’re looking forward to joining our Chinese staff and students in what promises to be a very memorable celebration which anyone, whatever their age or background, can enjoy.”

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