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On Wednesday 1st February we are in for a real cultural treat to be enjoyed by the whole family, courtesy of the Gibraltar Chinese Association and their sponsors: Chinese New Year Gibraltar 2017 – the Year of the Rooster.

Although we are two and half weeks into the New Year, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar cycle, is celebrated for 15 days and falls on Saturday 28th this year. As part of the celebrations, the Gibraltar Chinese Association have big plans in store and plan to up the ante from last year’s local celebrations!

Wednesday 1st February; There will be 3 separate celebration performances; 16:00 at John Mackintosh Square will be the main event, followed by second display at 17:00 in Casemates and then again at 18:30 in Ocean Village.

“THE CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION IS NOT JUST FOR CHINESE PEOPLE LIVING HERE; WE WANT GIBRALTARIANS TO COME DOWN, ENJOY THE SHOW AND JOIN US TO TAKE PART IN THE CELEBRATIONS.”

GibLad caught up with the Gibraltar Chinese Association Secretary, William Tan, earlier today to talk about the event and what they had planned:

“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to make this happen and we’d like to thank all the sponsors for helping make it possible. We’ll have professional Lion Dancers and Kung Fu performers flown in from UK, along with a Chinese Ambassador Representative and local representation for the Ministry of Culture.

“Gibraltar is a multi-cultural society where everyone gets along well as Gibraltarians. We wanted to add another cultural element to the mix and expose locals to the Chinese Culture. 

“The Chinese New Year celebration is not just for Chinese people living here; we want Gibraltarians to come down, enjoy the show and join us to take part in the celebrations. And not just Gibraltarians, but people from all backgrounds and nationalities living in Gibraltar and further afield.

“The purpose of us putting on the celebrations is for everyone to come along and enjoy themselves, to give exposure for Chinese culture locally and to bring Gibraltarians good prosperity and good luck for the year!”

Last year’s event for Year of the Monkey was a huge success with about 200 people joining the festivities and this year the Gibraltar Chinese Association want it to be bigger and better!

“This year we’re hoping to add a lot more with lanterns posted from lamp posts down Main Street, Chinese Fire Crackers, music, drums and a Kung Fu performance that will be really exciting!”

Sounds like this will be a great day out for individuals, couples and families of all ages from any background to enjoy a truly unique cultural experience. With so much going on in Gibraltar it’s important to make the most of it and get involved, GibLad and the Gibraltar Chinese Association hope to see you all down there at 16:00 on Wednesday 1st February in St Mackintosh Square!

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