Chinese New year celebrations promise a feast for the eyes in Northampton

Chinese New Year celebrations are set to take place in Northampton this weekend.
Chinese New Year celebrations are set to take place in Northampton this weekend.

Dragon dances, acrobatics and martial arts demonstrations are set for Northampton Market Square this weekend as part of the town’s Chinese New Year celebrations.

A programme of entertainments is set to keep shoppers entertained on Sunday between 11am and 3pm, alongside a market featuring a variety of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Malaysian foods.

The day’s entertainment is to include performances from the Chinese Acrobatic Company, Kung Fu demonstrations, a rope dance contest and chess challenge.

Children attending the event are also encouraged to make a Chinese lantern and bring it along to enter into a competition which will be judged at the university stand at 1pm.

Presentations from Chinese community elders and the Chinese Supplementary School will also feature as part of the day.

The free Market Square event has been organised by the town’s Chinese community with the support of Northampton Borough Council and the University of Northampton.

Co-owner of the Oriental Garden restaurant and on the organising committee of the celebrations, Harry Mau, said: “The colours for the Chinese New Year celebration are red, black and gold and we would love youngsters to design their own lantern and bring it along for judging.

“The lantern competition will be judged by a panel and prizes will be given for the top three designs.”

The full timetable for the day is:

11am Traditional lion and unicorn dance

11.30am Welcome to the Chinese New Year Spring Festival Celebration

11.45am Chinese community entertainment programme

1pm Interval and lantern competition

1.15pm Chinese community entertainment programme

2.30pm Traditional lion and dragon dance

3pm Close

David Stratford, general manager of Aspers Casino who will be the sponsors of the entertainment stage, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Chinese New Year entertainment stage as this is our opportunity to give something back to the local Chinese community, with which we have had such a strong relationship since we opened in Northampton in 2008.”