Hackney,
12
January
2024
|
07:30
Europe/London

Join the 2024 Lunar New Year celebration at Hackney Bridge

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Hackney’s East Asian communities and culture are being celebrated in a special event at Hackney Bridge on Saturday 27 January to mark Lunar New Year 2024.

The event, hosted by Hackney-based East Asian carnival arts organisation Jun Mo Generations, commemorates the Year of the Dragon which begins on 10 February. 

The celebration will feature traditional dances and performances from Asian culture, including Lion and Dragon dances, an Umbrella dance, a Bell dance, flag rotations, plus live music, martial arts displays and a craft-making workshop.

Programme

Welcome

1pm – Welcome speech by Mayor of Hackney Caroline Woodley and Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Culture

Performances

1.15pm – 2.25pm

  • Lion and Dragon Dance plus receiving of luck for the Year of the Dragon 2024
  • Umbrella dance
  • Instrumental performance by Rayman Orchestra lead by musician Mr Choen Man (Yang Chin – Chinese Hammered Dulcimer), Mr Hoi Leung Mok (Dizi Bamboo Flute and Mrs Yue Ho To (Gu Cheng Chinese Harp) while Jun Mo Generations children perform flag rotations
  • Bell dance
  • Jun Mo Generations present Wing Chun martial arts, accompanied by the Rayman Orchestra 
  • Instrumental music performed by the Rayman Orchestra
  • New Year Dance
  • Closing Lion and Dragon Dance

Drop-in craft Workshop

2pm - 4pm – Drop-in dragon craft workshop for all ages
 

As we embrace the vibrant spirit of the Lunar New Year, I extend my warmest wishes to all our East Asian communities. Let's come together to honour long-standing traditions and forge ahead with renewed hope for the future.
 

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care, Leisure and Culture

Lunar New Year is a great occasion to celebrate our diverse heritage and some of our East Asian communities’ cherished traditions, fostering togetherness and shared aspirations. Happy Lunar New Year to all, may this year be filled with joy, peace, and blessings for each and every resident.

Caroline Woodley, Mayor of Hackney

It is an honour to have the opportunity to coordinate the Lunar New Year celebrations for and on behalf of London Borough of Hackney. This acts as a platform to build bridges, encourage unity, understanding, and a deep appreciation for our rich and diverse cultural heritage. We recognise the influence of the community by creating and sharing cultural elements that connect us all.

Sindy Man, Jun Mo Generations

The team at Hackney Bridge is thrilled to be hosting the Jun Mo Generations' celebration of Lunar New Year following the great success of the event in February 2023. This event brings colour and joy to the venue as well as the Hackney community more broadly with its unique and engaging approach to the traditional New Year celebrations. Hackney Bridge hopes to share this event with members of the local community and beyond, inviting everyone to this wonderful event combining music, art and family friendly workshops.

Anna Mabbott Botonakis, Sales and Events Manager at Hackney Bride