On Saturday 2nd February, Macclesfield families came out in their hundreds to celebrate Chinese New Year.
To welcome the Year of the Pig, Macclesfield Town Council organised a dragon parade to set off from Market Place followed by a free event hosted by Macclesfield United Reformed Church.
The dragon was followed by children shaking percussion instruments – kindly loaned out by Macclesfield Music Centre – to scare away evil spirits from the last year.
The parade made its way to the United Reformed Church where people were welcomed with the chance to taste some authentic Chinese food, along with Chinese-inspired crafts such as lantern making and pig printing.
They could also view art installations ‘A Whisper of Moths’ and ‘Great Wall of Friendship’.
Macclesfield Town Council commissioned Macclesfield Community Artspace to work with local primary schools to create the pieces of artwork, focussing on the silk links between the town and China.
Artspace also created the Chinese dragon and the very popular ‘Silky’ pig.
If you missed out on seeing Silky first time around, she can be viewed again at Christ Church on 23rd and 24th February.
‘Whisper of Moths’ consisted of mixed media moths made by local schoolchildren being suspended from the ceiling in a display which incorporated both light and sound.
‘The Great Wall of Friendship’ joined printed messages from Macclesfield schools together to create a giant visual symbol of solidarity.
Cllr Gareth Jones, chair of the Macclesfield Silk Friendship Group, commented: “It was great to welcome local people and visitors of all ages to a community event that celebrated Chinese New Year, I would like to thank all who attended and made this a great event.
“We look forward to more community events so everyone can see what Macclesfield has to offer.”