The outdoor elements of the Erewash Festival of Light, Chinese New Year celebrations due to take place tomorrow (Saturday 9 February) have been cancelled due to severe weather warnings and a possible risk to public safety.
Lantern making will still take place at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston (£1.50 per person) from 1pm – 5.15pm.
There will be no procession or performances in Ilkeston Town Square but performance will take place between 5.30pm – 6.30pm at Dallimore Primary School in Dallimore Road, Ilkeston. This will include:
- classically trained musician and storyteller Ling Peng, telling the story of Chinese New Year and playing the ehru, accompanied by a pianist.
- Dallimore school children.
- Seven Star lion dancers.
We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you can still join us.
Chinese New Year 2019 - Year of the Pig
Erewash Museum and Ilkeston Market Place, Ilkeston
Make a lantern 1 - 5.15 at the museum and then join the lantern parade at 5.30pm.
Celebrations in the Market Square until 6.30pm
Chinese New Year is the finale to the annual Festival of Light programme and attracts approximately 400 people each year. Highlights include the lantern procession, a traditional dragon dance, ribbon dancers, live Chinese music and displays of flags, banners and illuminated animal puppets depicting animals from the Chinese Zodiac. Professional dancers, musicians and other artists work with schools and community groups to create a huge range of performing and visual art work to display. We run public workshops at Erewash Museum on approach to the final event, where children and families can participate in arts activities, such as creating lanterns to bring along to the procession. The procession leaves the museum and travels through the town centre, ending on the market square where a spectacle of performance by local children takes place.