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Celebrate Lunar New Year at our Oriental Museum

(11 February 2019)

We’d love you to join us as we celebrate the Lunar New Year with a Lantern Festival at our Oriental Museum on Tuesday 19 February.

What can I see and do?

See the Oriental Museum decorated with spectacular lanterns, enjoy musical performances, Korean games and calligraphy, dragon dancing, storytelling and children’s craft activities.

The event is suitable for all ages. Entry is £2 for adults and children aged two and up; free for children under two.

The first 100 children to arrive will receive a free lantern.

Who’s involved?

Our P’ungmul Korean percussion group will be performing and students from our Korean Society will be staging Korean crafts and games.

Zhixin Li, a student who will be performing, said: “I’m really excited to be able to share some traditional Chinese folk music with local people, particularly at this special time of year. Events like this are a great way to learn about different cultures. I am really looking forward to the event.”

Charlotte Spink, the Museum’s Access and Community Engagement Officer, said: “This year’s celebrations are going to be wonderful. We’re adding more music to this year’s event with performances by two Durham University students of traditional Chinese musical instruments, the Chinese flute and the pipa, a type of lute. We look forward to welcoming everyone on 19th February.”

How do I join in?

The Lantern Festival is on Tuesday 19 February, at the Oriental Museum, from 6pm to 8pm. For more information, please click here