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Dragon Boat Festival 2018

13 June 2018 by Joe

World Museum is preparing for the 2018 Dragon Boat Festival, with a number of free events planned to celebrate the Chinese holiday which runs from 16 to 18 June.

This year’s festival comes in the middle of our landmark exhibition China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors, which opened in February and runs until 28 October 2018, with plenty of tickets available until the end of the exhibition’s run. You can pre-book tickets for the exhibition here: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/warriors

The free events taking place at World Museum to mark the Dragon Boat Festival will be running throughout the day on 16 June, and will include:

  • Performances from the Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu School
  • Colourful and vibrant dragon dancing performances
  • Kung Fu workshops, where you can learn a few moves for yourself
  • Zodiac animal mask making and learning about the Chinese calendar

Find out more about the exciting events taking place on 16 June at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/dragonboat 

The Dragon Boat Festival is an important and traditional holiday in China – with a place on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage, it has been a public holiday in China since 2009 but has traditionally been observed in the country for over 2,000 years. The festival is an auspicious occasion, with dragon boat racing as the most important part of the celebrations. The wooden boats involved are elaborately decorated in the form of Chinese dragons and race to the sound of beating drums, with it being said that the winners will have good luck for the next year.

Dragons are an important aspect of traditional Chinese culture, as symbols of power, strength and good luck. The importance of these creatures is also visible in a number of pieces included in our Terracotta Warriors exhibition, including dragon pendants, belt buckles and wine vessels.

There is a number of other events taking place in conjunction with our Terracotta Warriors exhibition. More information can be found here: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/terracottaevents

Further details of prices and how to book tickets can be found at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/terracottawarriors 

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