Lunar New Year Celebration at York Mansion House

The historic York Mansion House was transformed into a vibrant hub of cultural celebration last night as York welcomed Lunar New Year with a dazzling event. With traditional performances and delicious cuisine, the evening brought communities together with representatives across all sectors of business, showcasing the city’s diversity and spirit of inclusivity.

Organised by York BID in partnership with the Mansion House and Our City Hub, the event was a resounding success, drawing a diverse crowd eager to experience the rich traditions of Lunar New Year. Guests were treated to captivating performances by the York Chinese Association Dragon Dancers and musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, who mesmerized the audience with their energy and skill. The evening also featured presentations from local business and community leaders, celebrating York’s rich cultural history and vitality.

“We were really proud to be part of this year’s Lunar New Year celebration,” said Rachel Bean, Project Manager at York BID. ” The event truly embodied the spirit of collaboration and community that makes York such a special place.”

Will Zhuang, President of York Chinese Association, added: “We are thrilled with the turnout, and it was an honour to be joined by the Civic Party to mark the Year of the Dragon. We are grateful to our sponsors, Hainan Airlines, York Gin, and Red Chilli Restaurant, and the dedicated volunteers from the York Chinese Association, for making this event possible.”

Richard Pollitt, York Mansion House Manager and Curator, said: “Opening our doors for this important cultural celebration was a privilege. The Mansion House has strong ties to East Asia dating back centuries, and supporting cultural events like this is essential for fostering a strong and thriving community here in York.”

Bianca Vartic, Cultural and Integration Partnership Manager at the City of York Council, said: “Seeing people from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate and experience the rich traditions of Lunar New Year was truly heartwarming. We hope this event continues to build bridges between communities and foster cultural understanding within York.”

The enthusiasm and positive spirit of the evening left a lasting impression on all who attended, serving as a platform for businesses, organisations, and cultural groups to build connections, share their experiences and forge new partnerships. As the Year of the Dragon unfolds, it promises to be a year of prosperity, resilience, and community.