Chinese New Year Event In Wimbledon

Lion dance in the town centre

A stunning lion dance, Chinese food and beautiful calligraphy came to Wimbledon town centre to mark Chinese New Year.

Love Wimbledon put on a celebration complete with red lanterns, an authentic and vibrant lion dance and face painting.

Aimed as an introduction to the celebrations in London, the Piazza was transformed with an aromatic, musical and visual scene of Chinese celebration.

The lion dance also paraded the streets; stopping at Wimbledon station and Centre Court Shopping Centre (see left) on Saturday.

Love Wimbledon has also partnered with Polka Theatre to bring a chance to enter a Chinese New Year competition to win tickets to see the Polka Theatres play 'Why the Lion Danced'.

Chris O'Kelly, Marketing Manager of the Polka Theatre said: "We're thrilled to be working with Love Wimbledon to help celebrate Chinese New Year. The festivities continue over at Polka Theatre from February 20 – March 2, with the playful and heartfelt story of Why the Lion Danced. Polka is all about bringing a world of stories to our young audiences and this fantastic play for children aged five and over brings the excitement of Chinese New Year to life on stage with plenty of song and dance.

"For generations Polka has been entertaining local children with world-class theatre and attracting families to visit Wimbledon from all over London and beyond. As a non-profit organisation at the heart of the community, our partnership with Love Wimbledon is hugely important."

The competition runs until February 17; for more details on how to enter, visit the Love Wimbledon website.

February 11, 2013

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