Event: Chinese New Year



Event:  Chinese New Year

When: Sunday 10 Feb 11am – 5pm

Where: Stowell Street (and surrounding area) Newcastle City Center

Website: http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/chinese-new-year

Price: Free

Okay so it’s not Japanese, but it’s probably the biggest Asian celebration in Newcastle so we would be silly not to promote it! 2013 is the Year of the Snake and to celebrate there will be a parade and a host of events in Chinatown.

The events are as follows;

Chinatown Map

  1. Parade, Chinese Arch, Stowell Street, From 12.30pm approx –Traditional dragon, lion and unicorn dances.
  2. Chinese Exhibitions, North East Chinese Association, Stowell Street, 12.30pm – 4pm – The North East Chinese Association presents an exhibition of Chinese costume, food, arts and crafts.
  3. Chinese Market & Fairground, Bath Lane & Thornton Square – 11am – 5pm – Funfair and stalls featuring traditional arts and crafts and Chinese food.
  4. Various Events At The Bath Lane Stage – Bath Lane11.30am: Speeches – Speeches from key representatives of the Chinese Community and Newcastle City Council from 11.30am.
    1. b.      12noon: Eye Dotting CeremonyA unique opportunity to witness the auspicious Eye Dotting Ceremony of the new Chinese Dragon as he is awoken from his slumber to the sound of firecrackers.
    2. c.       12.30pm – 5pm: Performances An exciting spectacle of performances and demonstrations, with the lion dance arriving to distribute Lucky Money at 4pm approx.
  5. Chinese Activities, The Chinese Centre, Westgate Road,11am – 5pm – Chinese zodiac, calligraphy, foods, card and calendar making, fortune telling, lucky draw and games.
  6. Children’s Marquee, Thornton Square, 11am – 5pm –Traditional Chinese arts and crafts and fun for all the family.
  7. Chinese Activities and Games, Dance City, Temple Street, 11am – 5pm – The Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Newcastle University invite you to understand the real Chinese culture; come along and take part in Chinese activities and games old and new.

You can download the brochure with all the information in here.

Opera: Madam Butterfly

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Event: Madam Butterfly Presented By The Grand Opera Of Belarus

When: Thursday the 14th of March 2013, 19:30pm

Where: Mill Volvo Tyne Theatres (Directions)

Website: http://www.millvolvotynetheatre.co.uk/events/4857/madama-butterfly-presented-by-the-grand-opera-of-belarus

Price: £15-£35 (tickets click here)

Other Info: Performed in Italian with English Subtitles, performed with large live orchestra

Madame Butterfly

This Opera in 3 Acts follows the story of ‘Butterfly’ and her soon to be American husband, Pinkerton. The year is 1904, and U.S. Naval Officer Pinkerton is living in a rented house in Nagasaki, where he meets the young and beautiful Ciocio-san, ‘Butterfly’.

Pinkerton plans on marrying Butterfly, only to quickly divorce her once he meets an American woman. However, Butterfly is fully unaware of Pinkerton plans, and before the Wedding converts from her Japanese religion to Christianity. On their Wedding day, Butterfly’s uninvited Uncle, who has found out about Butterfly’s religious conversion, comes to the house and orders all to leave, whilst placing a curse on Butterfly.

This tragic love story is one of Operas favourites and is a must-see for Opera fans, old or new.

The Grand Opera of Belarus

The National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus opened its doors in 1933 and rapidly developed an outstanding reputation for quality and professionalism. The theatre repeatedly went on tour to the most prestigious stages in the former USSR including, the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. Successful tours in 1940 have brought the theatre an honorary title ‘Bolshoi’ (translated ‘Big’) and in 1964 the title of ‘Academic’.
For the last 15 years the theatre has visited more than 30 countries around the world; from Portugal and Spain to Japan and China. This year, the Grand Opera of Belarus will be bringing you two of Giacomo Puccini greatest works, Madama Butterfly and La Bohème.

Animated Music Video for “Un Bel Di, Vedremo” from Madame Butterfly