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Chinese New Year Festival will be celebrated at Kansalaistori on February 4th 2019!

Dragons meet lions to dance at Kansalaistori Square and Oodi! The wintry festivities also welcome skilled performance groups from Beijing as well as a Chinese New Year’s market, complete with stands selling tasty treats. The festivities culminate with fireworks at Töölönlahti.

The cities of Helsinki and Beijing warmly welcome you to celebrate the Year of the Pig!

Programme on February 4, 2019

16:00Dragon Dance Meilahti Primary School Students
16:30Central Conservatory of Music: Jasmine Flower Year of the Pig at Korkeasaari Zoo Martial Arts Club: Flags of Victory Beijing Dance Academy: Lotus Lion Dance
17:30Martial Arts Club: Taiji Beijing Dance Academy: Qin Soldiers Dragon Dance Lion Dance New Year’s Speeches
18:00New Year Begins! Beijing Dance Academy: Dance for the New Year
18:15Central Conservatory of Music: Phoenix Spreading Wings Central Conservatory of Music: A Rose for Me Martial Arts Club: Animal Kung Fu Dragon Dance
19:00Beifang Kun Opera Theatre: Excerpt from The Peony Pavilion Lion Dance Beijing Dance Academy: Han Tang Dance
19:30Central Conservatory of Music: Joyful Night Dragon Dance Beijing Dance Academy: Dance for the New Year Martial Arts Club: 18 Martial Arts Lion Dance Beijing Dance Academy: Umbrella Love
20:10Fireworks over Töölö bay

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