Nottingham Lakeside Arts welcomes the Year of the Rooster with a celebration of Chinese traditional and contemporary culture in which people of all ages can participate and enjoy. Lakeside is delighted to be working in collaboration with Nottingham City Council and Gedling Borough Council, along with The Nottingham Confucius Institute and Asia Business Centre at the University of Nottingham to bring a range of exciting events to communities across Nottinghamshire.
The year of the Rooster officially begins on Saturday 28 January. Lakeside Arts will host Jixiang (Propitious), a world premiere of a specially-commissioned digital projection with a series of stunning outdoor projections on the south face of the iconic Trent Building over the Chinese New Year weekend which will delight all ages.
Director at Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Shona Powell says:
“2017 is a very special year, bringing us full cycle back to the Year of the Rooster in our thirteenth annual Chinese New Year celebration. This year we’re thrilled to commission Nottingham-based digital artist Barret Hodgson for our New Year spectacular ‘Jixiang’, to transform the south-side of our iconic Trent Building into a huge colourful canvas. There will be 6 different opportunities to see the projection over the course of two nights on 28 and 29 January. It promises to be a spectacular visual showcase inspired by both contemporary and traditional Chinese culture, incorporating elements of brush painting and calligraphy from Chinese Artist in Residence Jiang Hongsheng, and including some pre-recorded music from Ling Peng as well as other artists. There will be a few surprises along the way and of course the fabulous CSSA Dragon Dancers will be here!”
Ahead of the New Year projections, visitors to Lakeside Arts can enjoy the stunning photography exhibition in the Wallner Gallery by Yuan-Hsiung Wang and Xue Qian of traditional artisans in South West China; or take part in Chinese traditional brush painting workshops with visiting artist from Ningbo Jiang Hongsheng.
Other highlights include a grand performance to celebrate Chinese New Year presented by Nottingham Confucius Institute, featuring talented musicians, martial artists, dancers, and singers specially selected both locally and nationally in the wonderful surroundings of the Theatre Royal on 9 February. For more details and dates of events, please visit Lakeside’s website at www.lakesidearts.org.uk or call the Box Office on 0115 846 7777 #CNY17 @lakesidearts