Chinese New Year: Future celebrations under threat?

chinese-online-stillThere may be fewer Chinese New Year’s events in Nottingham in the future, as Gedling Play Forum has lost funding.

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Gedling Borough Council’s Play Forum initiative held one of the biggest Chinese New Year’s children’s event in Nottingham on Saturday – with an estimated 800 children turning up to several sessions celebrating the Year of the Horse.

Future celebrations are now under threat after the forum have lost two thirds of their grant in the last ten years. They fear they’ll lose their service altogether if funding continues to plummet.

Nottinghamshire County Council, which previously provided the funding, has so far been unavailable for comment.

The celebration saw families get stuck into the art of making lanterns, Chinese drums and dragons. Nottingham Chinese School students put on dance performances which were followed by a traditional Lion Dance and Lantern Parade that the children took part in.

Gedling Borough Council feel it’s a great way to engage their community and teach children about new cultures:

“I’ve seen so many children enjoying themselves and writing wishes for the year to come…learning about the signs of the zodiac… it’s been a fantastic event and it’s had a great family atmosphere.”

Kathryn Cox, Portfolio Holder for Community Development at Gedling Borough Council

Gedling Borough Council recognise learning about other cultures is becoming more integrated into education. Despite the setbacks, today’s event manager Clare Janes said the play forum are interested in making this a focus for schools in Gedling:

With play projects across Nottinghamshire still facing cutbacks, the future of Gedling Play Forum is uncertain.

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