Chinese Shadow Play

Helsinki’s Chinese New Year now offers a chance to learn about Chinese shadow puppetry for the first time.

Shadow puppetry is one of the intangible cultural heritage practices listed by UNESCO. In shadow puppetry, stories are told by moving puppets made of leather or cardboard against an illuminated piece of fabric to create an illusion of moving figures.

The shadow puppet shows at Oodi will be performed by the Hongyu Shadow Puppet Troupe from Beijing. All the shows are classics of shadow puppetry.


  1. The Tortoise and the Crane (duration: 10 min)
  2. Prince Nezha’s Triumph Against Dragon King (duration: 23 min)
  3. White Bone Spirit (duration: 13 min)

Time Mon 4.2. at 1.30–2.30 pm

Venue Central Library Oodi, Children’s section (3rd floor)

© Chinese New Year Festival in Helsinki 2019

Illustrations by Anna-Kaisa Jormanainen

Chinese New Year Celebration brings life and color to wintery Helsinki. Bright lanterns, Chinese new year delicacies, dragons and lions together with talented performing artists from Beijing, create an unique festive atmosphere. The event is co-hosted by the cities of Helsinki and Beijing.


Helsinki Events Foundation

Producer Maarit Roschier
Tel. +358 40 1688 212