Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Museum of London Docklands this weekend (2 & 3 Feb)

To celebrate the upcoming Chinese Year of the Pig, the Museum of London Docklands will stage a range of free cultural performances, activities and workshops in recognition of East London’s long-running historic links with the Chinese community.

Due to huge demand last year, activities will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, allowing families to enjoy the traditional festivities whilst avoiding the large crowds which typify the central London celebrations. It is going to be a great weekend, enjoyable for all the family.

Highlights for the day include:

–          Martial arts performances: Watch Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations before having a go yourself.

–          Ribbon dance workshops: Try your hand at this beautiful and ancient art form.

–          Lion dancing: Join a professional Chinese dancing troupe for an authentic, breath-taking performance.

Centuries of trade between Britain and China ensured that a vibrant Chinese community existed in London by the late 1800s. The community initially lived by the docklands in Limehouse, which became known as London’s first Chinatown.

The decline of the shipping industry and heavy damage sustained during the Blitz meant that Chinatown eventually relocated to Soho however.

To plan your visit further and book individual events, visit the Museum of London Docklands website.