Edinburgh Chinese New Year Festival Launched

As the City of Edinburgh bathed in warm winter sunlight and Chinese Dragon and Scottish Unicorn glowed against a back ground of Edinburgh Castle in the morning of January 14, Edinburgh Chinese New Year Festival launching ceremony was held by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) at the National Museum of Scotland. Chinese Consul General Pan Xinchun, Lord Provost Frank Ross, Prof Ian Baxter, Director of Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication and other guest attended the event.

Consul General Pan told BBC and STV reporters that Edinburgh’s first ever Chinese New Year Festival featuring a wealth of celebrations across the city would showcase rich and fabulous Chinese culture, strengthen understanding and friendship between our peoples and promote already existing ties between China and Edinburgh. He thanked the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, ETAG, the National Museum of Scotland and all other participants for their great contributions to the festival and wished it a great success.

For the first time ever, a coordinated programme of Chinese New Year events and initiatives was established by ETAG which will take place from 2 to 17 February, the largest Chinese New Year celebration in Scotland. About 20 events including Edinburgh’s Official Chinese New Year Concert at the Usherhall, the Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo and the opening of the brand-new East Asia Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland will see Chinese New Year turned into local festival, largest, making Edinburgh Europe’s most Chinese-friendly city.

For full details on the Festival, please visit ChineseNewYear.Scot.

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