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York celebrates the 2020 Chinese New Year

Posted on 10 January 2020

The University of York will celebrate the 2020 Lunar Year of the Rat at the York Chinese New Year Gala.

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The annual Chinese New Year Gala, organised by the University of York's Chinese Society, has become a highlight of the Spring Festival tradition in York universities. The 2020 event will be a special celebration, both for heralding the Lunar Year of the Rat and throwing back to the 'golden year' in the UK-China relations! The lord mayor of York will also give a speech on this at the event.

Everyone is welcome to join the gala, which will last two and a half hours and features songs, folk dances, a band, time shows, an orchestra, comedies, acrobatics and martial art, from ancient China to the new generation. The event has also incorporated the lucky money pocket tradition, and the lucky draw prize from Berry's, Panda Mami and more to engage with audiences. We bet you'll be impressed by the artistry and beauty of our performances. Come and join us celebrating an unforgettable night!

The gala will take place at York Barbican on 26 January from 7pm.