Southside Chinese festival

More than 38,000 visitors make colourful Lunar New Year celebrations biggest-ever

The Lunar New Year celebrations attracted a record 38,000 visitors to Southside. The free festival was produced by Birmingham’s Chinese Festival Committee, Chinatown Business Association and Hippodrome and offered a weekend packed with performances and craft activities alongside traditional and contemporary arts to celebrate the new year. The festival started with the much-loved dragon and lion procession in Hippodrome Square. This year’s festival was supported by Bentley Birmingham, Southside District, the Arcadian and Berkeley St Joseph. Donations, partnership or in-kind support were received from Rainbow Casino, the Southside Building, Bullring & Grand Central and Hollywood Monster. Uber Eats sponsored the festival stage and the family zone by Birmingham Chinese School.