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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Belgrade Theatre

Posted on 2 January 2020

With a new calendar year now begun, we’re already looking forward to the next big celebration. From 25 January until 8 February, Lunar New Year festivities will be taking place to mark the beginning of the Year of the Rat. Sometimes called Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year is celebrated in a number of countries across East and South East Asia, as well as by diaspora communities around the world.

Following the success of last year’s Chinese crafts and Tai Chi taster session, we’ve teamed up again with Coventry University’s Confucius Institute to present a FREE fun day on Saturday 1 February. Taking place from 9am-12pm, this drop-in event will include opportunities to try your hand at Tai Chi and traditional crafts said to bring good luck and good fortune, as well as a chance to learn the art of Chinese calligraphy. The Year of the Rat is said to be auspicious for all new beginnings: so what better time to turn over a new leaf and try something different?

Tai Chi with Coventry Confucius Institute

Then on Thursday 6 February, the Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose return to the Belgrade with a new English version of Puccini’s classic opera Madam Butterfly. Translated by Poppy Burton-Morgan ( In The Willows, Metta Theatre; Little Mermaid, Theatre by the Lake), this powerful production retells the familiar story from a female, East Asian perspective, transposing it to 1980s Japan, where traditional culture is colliding with a new digital age.

Re-orchestrated by acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Ruth Chan ( The Taming of the Shrew, Snow in Midsummer, RSC, Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok, Yellow Earth and Manchester Royal Exchange), Puccini’s sublime music is performed by a diverse cast of eight singers. Tickets are available to book now.

Chinese calligraphy with Coventry Confucius Institute