09 Feb 2019

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Leuven on Saturday 9/2

Curious to see an authentic lion dance, supported by dancers and live-drummers during the Chinese new year celebrations in Leuven? Or fancy a live Chinese musical performance close to home?

The Chinese new year in Leuven, organized by Nihao Leuven and Confucius Institute in Leuven, will offer these opportunities! To be 100% correct: the year of the Pig officially starts on Tuesday February 5th but given that this is a regular working day, the organizers opted for Saturday February 9th.

“Today there are more than 1,300 Chinese who live in Leuven, so we felt it would be good to emphasize China's positive image and also place our culture in the spotlight", according to Ping-Ping Shao from NiHao Leuven. "The festivities start with an inauguration ceremony of the lion and are followed by the lion dance performances, subsequently the parade goes through the Diestsestraat and it ends after two stops on the Grote Markt at around 15.00." Over there, the participants are treated to a delicious Chinese ginger tea.

For the lovers of Chinese music, there is a real traditional musical 'Listening to the Qin' in Chinese (with English subtitles) in auditorium Pieter de Somer from 20.00 to 21.00 hours. Do note that tickets must be reserved in advance, via www.leuvenkongyuan.com .

Interested to build your China-network?

For those in Leuven who have a heart for China, or who are or want to become active in the Chinese market, we would like to invite you to the reception of this event in the historic city hall (between 16.00 and 17.00). Please send us an email and we put you on the list of invitees.


13.00 - 14.00: Inauguration ceremony of the Chinese lions on the Martelarenplein with Mayor Ridouani

14.00 - 15.00: Procession with Lion Dance through the Diestsestraat

15.00 - 16.00: Traditional drinks and games on the Grote Markt

16.00 – 17.00: Reception (by invitation)

20.00 – 21.00: 'Listening to the Qin': Chinese musical (www.leuvenkongyuan.com) at auditorium Pieter De Somer