Bristol welcomes in the Year of the Rooster this weekend

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Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be welcoming in the Year of the Rooster with a  weekend of Chinese New Year celebrations.

The free two day event will be packed with spectacular lion dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and traditional Chinese dancing and singing. There will also be family arts and craft activities, live music and much more.

The weekend is sponsored by architects, Austin-Smith:Lord and the University of Bristol. It will be opened by Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Jeff Lovell.

Laura Pye, Head of Culture at Bristol City Council said: “Our Chinese New Year celebrations are only possible thanks to the hugely talented organisations and individuals who help us showcase Chinese culture for one fantastic weekend.

“Seeing so many magnificent performances in such a beautiful venue is one of my highlights of the year. I would like to thank our event sponsors, Austin-Smith:Lord and the University of Bristol, for their generous support.”

Elements of Chinese culture will be displayed with stalls dedicated to Chinese medicinal plants, acupuncture and the Chinese zodiac. A Chinese inspired menu will be available in the café and Chinese goods will be on sale in the shop.

The Year of the Rooster starts on 28 January 2017 and continues until 16 February 2018. According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in a year of the Rooster are “observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented.”

More information can be found at bristolmuseums.org.uk