The Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
27 septiembre 2012 - 27 septiembre 2012
Late night shoppers will be stopped in their tracks as Belfast City Centre gives itself over to the magical colour, sights and sounds of a traditional Chinese Lantern Parade. The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, which has a history going back over 3000 years, will be making its long-overdue Belfast debut with a dizzying array of martial arts, dance, children?s theatre and workshops. Most strikingly there will be a Chinese Lantern Parade that will wind its way from Belfast City Hall to Belfast Waterfront, Lanyon Place. Drummers, lion dancers, fire breathers, carnival performers, dancers and lantern bearers from 8 years old - 80 years old will be joined by live music, Chinese dance, martial arts and dragon dancing in a kaleidoscopic celebration of the arrival of the new Autumnal moon and the second most important festival in the Chinese year.
The inaugural Belfast Mid-Autumn Celebration has been organised by One World Creative in association with Chinese Welfare Association to be an inclusive celebration for all. Children from local communities right across Belfast have been busy brushing up on an array of Chinese cultural activities ranging from lantern-making, mini-dragons puppet making, kites, Chinese calligraphy and unicorn dances. The result is an inclusive, vibrant and city-wide celebration for all, which culminates in the beautiful and symbolic release of Lotus flower lanterns onto the river at Lanyon Quay.
The parade will make its way from Belfast City Hall at 7pm, along Chichester Street, Victoria street and Oxford Street to the back of Belfast Waterfront at Lanyon Place. As the parade arrives at Lanyon Place at 7.30pm there will be a number of dazzling performances including the traditional lion dance, a thrilling martial arts demonstrations and a choir presentation. There will also be free arts and crafts workshops including lantern making, Chinese calligraphy, dragon making, face painting and free sampling of Chinese traditional food and moon cakes. Then at dusk, as tradition demands, children will place a ?wish? into small lotus flowers which will then be placed into the river creating a beautiful moonlight spectacle to round off a truly memorable and exotic addition to Belfast?s vibrant cultural calendar.
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