Lunar New Year 2023 at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Lunar New Year 2023 at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Posted on: 13 Jan 2023

The Lunar New Year is just around the corner, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit, and Bristol is gearing up to celebrate it in style.


Celebrations will take place at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January.


Often referred to as Chinese New Year (the celebration originated in ancient China) despite being celebrated across the world, events are planned with plenty of cultural activities, live performances and activities taking place over the two days.


To find out more about Bristol Museum and Art Gallery's Lunar New Year celebrations, visit the museum's website. This is a free event.



Perhaps the centrepiece of Bristol’s Lunar New Year celebrations is the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery’s busy schedule of events on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January – with the Year of the Rabbit commencing on Sunday 22 January.


A range of live performances and activities are planned with the exciting and colourful lion dance returning once again as the centre of the celebrations. Visitors will also be able to experience vibrant song and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and traditional activities all while learning about Chinese and Korean culture.


There will also be a beautiful selection of Chinese goods for sale in the museum shop and, during the celebrations, visitors will be able to grab one of the special rabbit detectives trails to search for rabbits hidden throughout the museum.


According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rabbit are witty, kind-hearted and cheerful and their lucky colours are pink and purple. The new year begins on Sunday 22 January.


Activities will be led by Avon Chinese School, Bristol and West China Bureau, Chinese Community Wellbeing Society, ??? Jeongeun Kong (Saturday afternoon only), Make it China, SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality), university students and representatives from the University of Bristol.

Events on both days begin at 10:30 AM and finish at 4:30 PM. To find out more about the Lunar New Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and specific details about the day, head to the museum website. The event is free.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.