Upcoming events, Chinese text, flowers and 2019

Ringing in the Year of the Pig!

The team at Cambridge China Centre are excited to be starting 2019 by celebrating Chinese New Year. Together with Cambridge Chinese Community Centre, we are co-organising Cambridge Chinese Culture Festival 2019, a festival uniting local communities, businesses and organisations together with the 6,000 Chinese people working, studying and living in Cambridge.

What is Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year happens on the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar when the seasons move from Yin (dark/winter) to Yang (light/spring). It has roots in cultural and religious traditions dating back thousands of years that balance layers of folk traditions and philosophy. For 2019 the Chinese New Year’s Day falls on Tuesday 5th Feb 2019.

Surrounding the big day, Cambridge Chinese Culture Festival 2019 lasts from late-January to mid-February and will be active with cultural events throughout Cambridge, including


Sunday, January 27, 2019 

Cambridge Chinese Community Centre (CCCC) Spring Festival Fair and Gala Performance

The Cambridge Chinese Community Centre will host the Spring Festival Fair and Gala Performance at the Netherhall School on January 27 2019, which features a variety of Chinese food, entertainment activities and Chinese New Year gifts and decorations. It is a great occasion to experience traditional New Year celebrations and Chinese culture with families and friends.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Seminar with live demonstrations at Clare Hall on ‘Woodblock Printing’, one of China’s Four Great Inventions

Mr Jiangmin Li, a third-generation print maker who has been practicing his art for more than forty years and a nationally-recognised master artist, will demonstrate to the audience at Clare Hall on the January 31, 2019 the traditional Woodblock Printing, one of the China’s Four Great Inventions.

Wood Block demonstration with Fist Lady of China watching

Saturday, February 2, 2019        

Art Exhibition: Ancient Arts in Contemporary China

Join us for a glimpse into one of the world’s most ancient and dynamic cultures. At ‘Ancient Arts in Contemporary China’ art exhibition, renowned Chinese art masters will gather in Cambridge to share their expertise and craftsmanship, showcasing the highlights of living Chinese traditional arts to Cambridge audience.

Ancient Arts in Contemporary China - wood block printing, porcelain and silk scarves

Fitzwilliam Museum ‘Chinese New Year’ Family Day

The Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge China Centre have joined forces to bring you a special Family Day event for Chinese New Year. Activities will include storytelling (Jade Emperor’s Race & Naan the Monster), traditional paper-cutting and lantern making, plus a special treasure map of the Fitzwilliam’s Asian collections.

Illustration of children holding Chinese new year paper lanterns


The soul of Himalaya – A special Chinese Film Screening

With support from Filming East Festival, we present a unique Chinese film, The soul of Himalaya directed by Yunhui Zeng. This epic drama is set in the eighth century and features the Bogar tribe, part of the mysterious Lhoba people who live in the forests of the Tibetan Plateau. The film will be in Chinese with English sub-titles.

Movie poster for Soul of Himalaya

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

‘Chinese New Year’ Networking Dinner

To celebrate Chinese New Year, the Cambridge China Centre and the Cambridge China Community Centre will host a festive dinner and drinks reception. This is an excellent opportunity for UK|China industry experts, corporate executives and investors to make connections and gain insight into Chinese culture.

lots of hands holding champagne glasses, toasting

Across the festival dates

Chinese New Year Promotions at Cambridge Businesses

The Cambridge China Centre, Alipay, Cambridge BID, together with the 1,200 BID businesses in Cambridge city centre, will celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 by giving back to consumers with ‘Chinese New Year’ exclusive promotions and ‘Alipay Red Packets’. Use the hashtag #CambsRedPacket to find out how you can take part.

Chinese new year Alipay promotion

For more information or to register for the Cambridge Business Chinese New Year Promotion event,  please contact: enquiry@cambridgechinacentre.org.


With so much going on across the city – we look forward to celebrating the Year of the Pig with you.  Do use the event hashtag on Twitter to see updates as they happen #CCCFestival .