Chinese New Year

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NMM: 28 Jan: 12–3.30pm, 29 Jan: 11am–2.30pm | Cutty Sark: 4–5 Feb: 11.30am–1.30pm, 2–4pm
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Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum

Get into the spirit of Chinese New Year with our colourful creative activities.

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with creative activities at the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark .

Suitable for all ages.

Admission price applies to Cutty Sark; entry to National Maritime Museum is free though some events are ticketed.

Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum

28–29 January 2017

Join us for a weekend of traditional dance, arts and music for all the family in celebration of the Chinese New Year of the Rooster. Some events will be ticketed, with tickets only available on the day, on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

28 January

James Robson performance | Times: 12pm, 3pm (25 mins) | Location: Traders: the East India Company & Asia gallery | Age: 8+ | Explore our Traders gallery in the company of James Robson, a Chinese lascar (sailor) who served on the fastest and greatest of the tea clippers, Cutty Sark. Find out about the struggles of the tea trade between Britain and China on your journey, and the impact of the 19th-century Opium Wars on both countries.

Guangzhou Art Troupe performance | Times: 1–2pm | Location: Great Map | Age: All ages | Catch the Guangzhou Art Troupe on the first day of their UK tour: the troupe will be coming all the way from China to share a traditional dance performance with us. There will be a chance after the performance to see close up the puppets and costumes used.

Find out more about the Guangzhou Art Troupe

29 January

Mongolian headpiece workshop | Times: 11am–12.30pm, 1–2.30pm | Location: Learning Space | Tickets: available on a first come, first-served basis | Come and create a Mongolian headpiece in this art workshop for families of all ages. (One headpiece per child)

Chinese New Year storytelling | Location: Baltic Exchange Memorial Glass gallery | Times: 11–11.25am, 12.05–12.30pm, 1.30–1.55pm | Drop in for a traditional storytelling session in our atmospheric Baltic Glass gallery

Ribbon Dance workshop | Times: 11.30am–12pm, 12.35–1.05pm, 2–2.30pm | Location: Great Map | Tickets: available on a first come, first-served basis | Take part in a traditional Chinese ribbon dance in this workshop for children of all ages and their adults.