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We’ll be back on Sat 5 and Sun 6 February 2022 with our annual Lunar New Year festival at the Museum of London Docklands. Keep an eye on our website for more information about an array of FREE workshops and performances for all the family!

Until then, you can enjoy last years’ activities digital below, from family yoga and a puppet show from Taiwan, to learning some words in Mandarin Chinese!

  • Puppeteer Ming Wen Lin smiles as he moves a puppet of a woman pushing a circular metal object in a show.

    Taiwanese puppet performance


    Enjoy a captivating performance using traditional Taiwanese puppets by Mater Lin at Yilan Park National Centre for Traditional Arts, Taiwan.

    Watch now
  • Three lion dancers in colourful costume perform outside at Chinese New Year celebrations at the Museum of London Docklands.

    The Lion Dance


    Meet Jih-Wen Yeh as she explains the symbolism and meaning behind the lion dance. Plus hear what it takes to be a lion dance performer!

    Watch now
  • A pair of hands can be seen finishing off making a red cardboard lunar lantern on a table-top next to a glue-stick, ruler and pair of scissors.

    Lunar lanterns


    The Lantern Festival marks the final day of Lunar New Year celebrations. Watch this short film to learn how to make your own lantern at home with artist Yu-Chen Wang.

    Start making
  • A smiling woman has both thumbs up beside the words 'Happy New Year' and 'May you be prosperous' in English and Mandarin Chinese.

    A Chinese New Year adventure


    Find out the traditions of Chinese New Year and how to say the 12 zodiac animals in Mandarin Chinese through a story-led role-play with British Sign Language.

    Get learning
  • Instructor Tereza stands side on on a yoga mat, with a hand to her ear.

    Family yoga: The Chinese zodiac story


    Join instructor Tereza from Beam Academy as she guides you through a fun yoga workshop suitable for the whole family, inspired by animals from the Chinese zodiac story.

    Try Yoga
  • An instructor in a gym stretches his arms out from his sides and holds one bent knee in the air.

    Tai chi workshop


    Get moving at home with a tai chi workshop. Tai chi is a type of exercise containing slow graceful movements which helps improve posture and the circulation of energy in the body.

    Try tai chi
  • Limehouse Dock 1872 by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, showing sailors at work.

    Limehouse and Lunar New Year


    Explore the history of Chinese communities in East London in this family resource. See artworks and photographs from the museum collection and try out some interactive activities at home.

    Explore history

And enjoy these wonderful activities from some of our partners: