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Chinese new year events.

A DAY of free events and dazzling performances will mark Chinese New Year on Tyneside.

This year sees the King of Beasts take centre stage in the Chinese calendar and to celebrate its arrival, the streets in and around Chinatown, Newcastle, will be brought to life from 11am-5pm on Sunday, January 29.

Bath Lane and Thornton Square will be transformed into a funfair and Chinese market while the Chinese Centre, on Westgate Road, gives visitors the chance try their hands at Chinese calligraphy, card and calendar making, fortune telling and games.

The Bath Lane Stage also plays host to the lucky Eye Dotting Ceremony, which awakens the new dragon from his slumber to the sound of firecrackers. Arriving sightless and dormant, the new dragon will be given sight, taste and power when the pupils of his eyes are painted in, giving his spirit life.

At the other end of Stowell Street under the ornate ceremonial arch, the traditional dragon, lion and unicorn dances will take place.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 10, 2012
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