On Saturday 2nd February 2019, Macclesfield will be celebrating its silk links with China with a free Chinese New Year celebration organised by Macclesfield Town Council.
Following a Chinese dragon parade from Market Place, everyone is welcome at the free event at the United Reformed Church.
There’ll be a photo opportunity with the dragon, a chance to taste authentic Chinese food, as well as themed art installations to enjoy and a number of craft activities.
There will also be a unique opportunity for families to take part in a special workshop to try their hand at the Guzheng instrument, led by a musician from the Manchester Chinese Centre.
Food will be served until 2.30pm and the art installations will remain at the United Reformed Church to be viewed through until Wednesday 6th February.
Macclesfield Town Council has commissioned Macclesfield Community Artspace to work with local schools to produce Chinese themed artwork to be displayed at the event.
The two art installations featured are entitled ‘A Whisper of Moths’ and ‘Great Wall of Friendship’.
Children involved with creating these will join in with the dragon parade – which will leave Market Place at 11.45am on Saturday 2nd February, travelling to the United Reformed Church at Park Green for the opening of the event at midday.
Helena Gowler, community engagement officer for Macclesfield Town Council commented: “This is the first time we have held this event and if it is well received, we will look to build on this year after year.
“This is a free event for the community and we hope to see lots of people there.”
Cllr Gareth Jones, chair of the Silk Friendship Group, added: “The staff and councillors at Macclesfield Town Council have been working on this event for some time.
“We are looking forward to welcoming local people and visitors to a community event that will celebrate Chinese New Year (Year Of The Pig) and highlight the Silk Heritage that Macclesfield has to offer.”