Colourful celebrations for Chinese New Year

09 February 2015

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan’s Confucius Institute has organised a world-renowned percussion group to perform live in Preston

A world-renowned female percussion group will be performing live in Preston to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Confucius Institute has organised for the Red Poppy Ladies performance troupe to appear at the Charter Theatre to celebrate the Year of the Goat. 

The Beijing based group will reinterpret Mulan, a timeless, classic tale of one young girl’s bravery in the face of adversity. An inspiring journey for the entire family, it tells the story of a peasant girl so committed to her ailing father the she disguises herself as a man and takes his place in the Emperors army. Some people might know the story after it was brought to life in a Disney animation film but this performance will combine loud drumming and energetic Chinese kung fu to create a colourful and eye-catching performance.

The show will take place between 12noon and 2.00pm on 24 February. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7 for children while groups of 10 and over are priced at £5 per ticket.

Call the Box Office on 0845 344 2012 to book your tickets. For further information email

"Our aim is to offer a traditional family day out which combines learning and fun for everyone."

The Red Poppy Ladies percussion group was founded in 2000 and has participated in over 2,500 performances around the world since then. Red Poppy has performed percussion concerts in over 30 countries at venues worldwide including the Sydney Opera House, Cairo Opera House, Kennedy Art Centre and Vienna Golden Hall.

The Confucius Institute will also help a local visitor attraction to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

On Sunday 15 February Hoghton Tower will be brought alive with a host of Chinese activities including a very lively dragon display, Tai Chi, martial arts, calligraphy and storytelling. 

James Dean, Hoghton Tower General Manager, said: “Our aim is to offer a traditional family day out which combines learning and fun for everyone. By the time you’ve visited the market, marvelled at the dragon, tried your hand at calligraphy and Tai Chi, watched the martial arts display, listened to some stories, followed the discovery trail and enjoyed hot chocolate and fortune cookies in the tea room, you’ll have a full day of smiles and memories to treasure.”

The event will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Admission is by ticket only, and they are only available on the day. Workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets cost £6 adults, £4 children and concessions and children under 5 go free.

Further details are available at or by contacting Hoghton Tower on 01254 852986 or