Acrobats, martial arts and dragon costumes will be part of a Chinese New Year celebrations in Northampton Market Square.
The town’s inaugural Chinese New Year celebrations will take place on Sunday, March 1 between 11am and 3pm, will also host a food market with a variety of Southeast Asian foods on offer including Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian.
Organised by the Chinese community with the support of Northampton Borough Council and the University of Northampton, the celebrations are free to attend and will feature a programme of entertainment throughout the day on stage.
Family entertainment will include performances from the Chinese Acrobatic Company, Kung Fu demonstrations, a lantern design competition, rope dance contest and chess challenge, alongside information about and presentations from Chinese community elders and the Chinese Supplementary School.
Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The Chinese and South-East Asian communities are well established and respected within Northampton and this event provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate their New Year.
“Everyone likes Chinese and South-East Asian food, and many local restaurateurs will be taking part in the food market, so I’m looking forward to seeing the Market Square all lit up and welcoming people from across the town to celebrate the Chinese New Year together.”
Harry Mau, co-owner of the Oriental Garden restaurant, who is on the organising committee of the celebrations, said: “My big wish is that the Chinese community in Northampton join with local residents and those of other religions and cultures to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
“Northampton is my home and the town has such a lot to offer and I hope that the exciting programme of events will bring more people and more business into the town centre.”