We may be deep in cold weather torpor now, but by the end of February, we're sure everyone will be in the mood to join friends and family to welcome in 2010 - the Year of the Tiger - at Lancaster's festival for Chinese and Asian culture.
Organised by Hua Xian Chinese Society, Lancaster will come alive with an exciting programme of live entertainment, art, delicious food, gift and community stalls, alongside other fun activities celebrating the Chinese New Year. The events line up includes a Double Lion Dance and Workshop, offering a spectacular display with the Traditional Chinese Lion Dance roaring into town to kick off celebrations and a performance from a Traditional Chinese Orchestra, organised by More Music in Morecambe. They're bringing the local Chinese Ensemble together to play traditional Chinese instruments like the Yangqin, Erhu, Pipa, Ruan and Dizi.
Other events include music from the Folk'd Up Live Music Band, a folk collective based in Leeds playing traditional and roots music from around the world who will play a special set of Chinese songs with a few surprises thrown in.
• For more information visit http://lancasterchinesenewyear.cbkenterprise.com