Chinese New Year

I was very happy to attend the Chinese New Year celebrations in the Arcadian Centre in Birmingham on Sunday 10th February 2013. It’s a wonderful event which is growing in strength from year to year.

Despite the poor weather, it’s estimated that around 30,000 people of all ages and ethnic groups attended; some from Birmingham and others from much farther afield. Birmingham Chinese New Year is now the largest celebration of its kind in the whole of the Midlands.

It’s organised by the Birmingham Chinese Festival Committee under the shrewd Chairmanship of Mr Jeffrey K H Yap, the local businessman and philanthropist. Their main sponsors are Lyca Mobile and much of the money is raised from local Chinese people and businesses.

The Birmingham Chinese community now numbers about 11,000; almost 1% of the Birmingham population. They are a well established and growing community and it’s thought that Britain’s Chinese community is the oldest in Western Europe.

As well as the contribution which local Chinese businesses make to the Birmingham and West Midlands economy, we are now developing significant trade links with mainland China which can be seen with the development of SAIC at the old MG Rover plant at Longbridge and the growth of exchanges at the University of Birmingham

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

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