Hundreds attend Chinese New Year festival at Leeds Town Hall

“Say goodbye to the Monkey and welcome the arrival of the Rooster,” said Judy Pease, vice chairman of the Leeds Chinese Community Association (LCCA), to the attendees of this annual celebration yesterday.

The festivities began with a traditional Chinese dance performed by students at the Leeds Chinese Community School, which was formed in 1998.

Leeds Chinese Community School performing the dress dance.

Music continued with a piano duet from Leeds University graduates, and a violin recital from Alexander Stark, just six years old.

Alexander Stark playing violin.

In between the acts, people sampled authentic Chinese food and drink, and families could take part in fun activities such as Ping Pong and calligraphy.

Traders also sold Chinese clothing and toys for children, all themed around the Rooster.

The second part of the day began with a Lion dance, another of the Chinese zodiac animals.

The dance features an ornate costume and the fast paced movements match the drum beats.

The Lion.

Councillor Gerry Harper, Lord Mayor of Leeds attended the event to give a speech and show his support.

Following his speech Councillor Harper said: “These events are absolutely brilliant. We have these every year and we have a long record of working with the Chinese community in Leeds, as we do with all the other communities.”

Lord Mayor of Leeds having a go at the Lion dance.

“Its about cohesion and getting everybody together, if you look around in the audience they’re not all Chinese its people from all walks of life and they all love coming here and having a great time.”

“Its something that we all enjoy and we wish them all a happy new year.”

More information and photographs can be found on the LCCA website : www.lcca-uk.org/index.php

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Leeds students safer as reported burglary rates fall

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Every year students in Leeds begin the process of moving into a house either alone or with friends.

The areas of Headingley, Hyde Park, Burley and Meanwood, are all prime locations for these house-hunters.

Some may worry that with more students choosing Leeds’ universities, the crime rate, particularly for burglaries, would increase.

This however is not the case.

It seems that young tenants are getting better at protecting their homes and belongings.

With the amount that students spend on the latest technology, mobile phones, laptops and games consoles, they have a serious incentive to insure items and follow police advice.

The installation of burglar alarms, proper fencing and ensuring doors and windows are locked are all easy things that can be done to keep homes secure.

It is hoped that instances of burglary, and all other crimes, will continue to fall in these communities year upon year.

Guidelines on preventing burglaries can be found at  : http://www.police.uk/crime-prevention-advice/burglary/

Chinese New Year comes to Leeds

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Leeds Town Hall will play host to the Leeds Chinese community’s traditional New Year celebrations on January 29.

The year of the Rooster event will feature food, performing arts, and opportunities to buy from local traders.

The Leeds Chinese Community Association (LCCA) has been putting on these events for the past 10 years.

Chinese culture has 12 zodiac animals and each year a different figure is celebrated; 2016 was the Monkey.

2017 festivities are based on the Rooster and to Chinese people this zodiac represents fidelity and punctuality, owing to the fact that it wakes people up on time every morning.

Alexandra Weatherstone, event coordinator said: “The LCCA are proud that the people of Leeds and its surrounding communities still come to show their love and support for this event.”

Schools and local groups from a range of different cultures will be performing music and dance on the Town Hall’s stage.

Ms Weatherstone added: “The diversity within Leeds is one of the reasons it is such a fantastic city to live and work.”

The celebration is a charity event and all proceeds go towards ensuring that the LCCA can continue its work in Leeds and beyond.

Tickets are available on the day and priced at £5 for adults, £3 for concessions.

More information is available on the LCCA website: http://www.lcca-uk.org/index.php