What's On February

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Chinese New Year Celebrations
Chinese New Year


This February, the main event taking place across the North (and the UK for that matter), is Chinese New Year. From Tuesday 2 February there are celebrations taking place across the network as we bid goodbye to the loyal, honest year of the Dog and say hello to the happy, gentle year of the Pig. These are the major events to look out for.

Manchester has a whole host of events taking place on the weekend of 7-10 Feb, including a giant piglet covered in a jacket of good luck pennies in Albert Square.

Leeds always celebrates the Chinese New Year in style, check out the Visit Leeds site for details of this year’s events.

Glasgow: On 17 Feb Kelvin Hall, Riverside Museum and Kelvingrove are working with Ricefield Arts for an afternoon of dance, games and play from Chinese and Scottish cultures. The events are designed with families in mind and (unless otherwise stated) all free.

Edinburgh has, among other events, a brilliant concert on Saturday 9 Feb at Usher Hall. It features Chinese folk classics, contemporary dance pieces and will end with a version of Auld Lang Syne like you’ve never heard it before.

Durham promises events throughout the city centre, all taking place from 10.30am – 4pm on 9 Feb.

Liverpool always puts on an amazing show for the Chinese New Year – go to Visit Liverpool’s website for more details.

Manchester Indie Book Fair 2
Manchester Indie Book Fair 2

2 Feb (12pm – 6pm)
Anthony Burgess Foundation

Manchester-based publisher Dostoyevsky Wannabe, fresh from organising their first Manchester Indie Book Fair last summer, team up with the Anthony Burgess Foundation to put on a second event. Few know it, but there’s a thriving independent publishing scene going on across the North, and Dostoyevsky Wannabe are at the heart of it. The fair promises to showcase the incredible creativity and hard work going on in our major cities and the wider region.

There’ll be DJs and a bar for what promises to be an excellent day of browsing incredible and unique books. Attendees will include the following, with more still to be announced: If P then Q, Comma Press, Generic Greeting, Nightjar, Carcanet, Dodo Ink, Zimzalla, Knives, Forks and Spoons, Incline Press (a brilliant producer of collectable titles based in Oldham), Saraband, Bluemoose books (Hebden Bridge) and Synchronise Witches (Huddersfield), along with many others.

Leeds Royal Armouries War Games
War Games ©Royal Armouries Museum

13-24 Feb

Most of us only know about Kamchatka thanks to its strategic position on the board game Risk… At this half-term event, you can add to that knowledge with a huge array of war games from hi-tech on-screen affairs to the more traditional dice-based games. If you have a Warhammer fanatic in the family, take them along to this glimpse of the bigger picture.

Durham Record Fair

17 Feb
Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre

Expect rare vinyl, CDs and memorabilia from some of the best record dealers in the North at this packed fair. A grand day out for for vinyl fiends.

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