Chinese New Year: thousands to celebrate in Sheffield TONIGHT

Get ready for breathtaking acrobatics, music and dancing as thousands celebrate Chinese New Year in Sheffield tonight.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 3:59 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 4:48 pm

Sheffield City Hall will play host to the celebrations, which are due to begin around 4.30pm.

Chinese New Year officially began on Saturday, 25 January and will end on February 4. This year is the year of the Rat.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.

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Performers taking part in a lion dance in Trafalgar Sqare, during Chinese New Year celebrations in central London, which marks the Year of the Rat. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 26, 2020. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Tonight’s show will see a top acrobat Troupe from Jiangxi Province wow crowds with a gymnastic extravaganza before singer Aixinjueluo Qidi – a judge on CCTV’s Young Singers Contest – takes to the stage to perform. Revellers will also be treated to a performance from Sai Ma, a quartet promising Eastern and Western music “in perfect harmony.”

A pre-show performance, which is free to attend, takes place from 4.30pm until 6.45pm in the City Hall’s Ball Room, with the main event starting at 7pm. It is due to finish at 8.45pm.

Tickets are still available and cost £8 for adults or £6 for students, senior citizens and under-12s. You can buy them here.

Sheffield’s Chinese New Year celebrations have been held at the City Hall since 2004 as a way of promoting traditional Chinese culture overseas.

Every year more than 2000 people gather at the venue to celebrate the annual festival and enjoy performances from some of China’s best entertainers.

Organisers say it is the largest multicultural event in the city.