National Museums Liverpool celebrate Chinese New Year with a programme of exciting free events during January and February.
World Museum Liverpool marks the year of the Dog by hosting the ‘Hung Gar Kung Fu Club Lion Dance’ on Sunday 22 and Saturday 28 January 2006. Performances begin at 1400 and 1500 hours in the Atrium, each followed by martial arts demonstrations in the Treasure House Theatre, beginning at 1430 and 1530 hours.
In a feast of music and colour, the lion dance is typical of Chinese New Year festivities. In ancient Chinese folklore, the lion is believed to bring good luck for the year ahead and chases away bad spirits.
Colin Summers, a member of the Hung Gar Kung Fu club, says:
“The lion dance is a Chinese tradition to bring good fortune, not just for new year but for special occasions, for instance, when a new business opens.The Hung Gar Kung Fu club has travelled internationally over the years to perform the lion dance and bring good fortune.