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SNAKING INTO THE NEW YEAR.

Byline: ALAN WESTON

the cat ONE of the highlights of Liverpool's cultural calendar gets under way this weekend when the Chinese New Year is celebrated.

A series of events are taking place across the city centre to mark the arrival of the Year of the Snake, with Liverpool's famous Chinatown district being at the centre of the action.

by STARTING at the bottom and working your way up isn't just an old-fashioned piece of jobs advice. It is exactly what Shane Osborne, store manager at Caffe Creamin New Brighton has done.

The highlight will be Sunday's traditional dragon, unicorn and lion parades, culminating in a spectacular firecracker display in Great George Square starring the "Lucky Man" who will be handing out red envelopes to children.

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There will also be music performances, dancing and tai chi demonstrations held throughout the weekend, along with a Taste of China street market on Sunday.

"I have been with Caffe Cream for the last seven years, starting as a coffee "shop assistant and working my way upto store manager.

Liverpool Chinese BUSINESS Association (LCBA) chairman Simon Wong, who also co-ordinatesthe Chinese New Year. celebrations, said those in Liverpool were amongthe biggest in the country.

"My first job was sweeping the floor and clearing tables...I did it all! The company spotted my potential and helped me develop my skills.

He added: "Chinese New Year isthe most exciting event in our calendar.

"Each year we have more andmore people joining in."People that I the world, cream truth than "Much spent gourmet amazing laboratory. mood team experiment develop "Our recent 'Accidental we were a Chocolate recipe made "Over the years, I learnt a lot and really enjoyed the flamboyant"side of the coffee business - honing my barista skills"and Learning about the scope of the coffee industry, as well as the day-to-day management of a busy retail outlet.

"It's getting harder to raisethe finances as the event costs "around PS50,000 to stage, but wehave to manage whatever resources we have coming in."

Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for culture andtourism, Wendy Simon, said: "Once I learnt that the company were planning a "Chinese New Year is one of the "city's most popular annualevents and each year attractsmore and more people.

new concept gourmet ice cream parlour, Caffe Cream of New Brighton, I applied for a management position. I was successful"and was placed on a management training programme.

"It's an event that has a reallyclose community feel to it, andit's wonderful that we WORKtogether with so many local "organisations to make sure this is an exciting and colourful weekend for people of all ages.

"Now, my core responsibilities are in managing Team Cream (a team of 20) and ensuring that they are engaged, motivated and happy in what they''re doing. "We things flavours think of different whether Halloween "It's either, great as our our our range sweets. pride in local artisan "We're "This year's celebrations are taking place across an entire weekend in different areas of the city centre, which will be a treat for visitors and shoppers, who can all join together to wish the Chinese community a healthy and happy Year of the Snake."

"I love interacting with people so I always try to take the opportunity to "Chinese New Year events kick off on Saturday with activities including Tai Chi demonstrations from noon to 3.30pm, and a Chinese art exhibition, along with workshops, at the Black-E centre from 11am to 5pm.

From 1pm to 4pm the bandstand in Williamson Square will be taken over by Chinese arts company China Pearl, which will showcase musical performances, catwalk shows, dancing and drumming to get shoppers in the mood for the full celebrations the following day.

On Sunday, visitors are encouraged to not only enjoy the spectacle of the day but join in. Movema - a community organisation which provides world dance activities - is inviting people to head to the Black-E at 10.30am and learn some dance moves and take those TEAMWORK: G4S welcomes older moves into the street as part of a snake inspired "flash mob."

All the celebrations kick off at 11am with the family friendly fun fair and the popular Chinese market in Great George Street which will sell gifts, souvenirs and mouth-watering food.

Once again musical community organisation Urban Strawberry Lunch are taking part, and from around 11.30am will be welcoming the Snake with drumming and making decorations which will adorn St Luke's Church.

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The excitement doesn't finish on Sunday as activities will continue to take place in the city for the next few weeks.

This includes a rare chance to see Europe's first and largest Chinese orchestra rehearse at the Pagoda Chinese Community Centre, while a special symposium looking at Liverpool's Chinatown will take place at FACT.

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For details of all the events visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/chinesenew year or www.lcba.net In Wirral the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight is hosting a weekend of free events on February 16/17 to mark the Chinese New Year.

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OF EVENTS THE main events taking place in Liverpool's Chinatown over the weekend of February 9-10 are as follows: SATURDAY ? 11am-4pm: A day of events at the Black-E in Great George Street, including a Chinese art exhibition, workshops and demonstrations. Admission is PS1 donation for adults, free for children under 18 (continues Sunday). ? 11am-4pm: Funfairs held at Great George Street, Nelson Street, Hardy Street and Grenville Street (also Sunday).

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. ? 1pm-4pm: Williamson Square bandstand hosts musical performances, catwalk shows, dancing and drumming. ? Also events taking place throughout the day at the University of Liverpool's Victoria Gallery and Museum, including a screening of Kung Fu Panda at 10.30am and a Chinese Calligraphy Family Workshop at 1pm.

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