Year of the Dragon at Volcano
A month of celebrations in partnership with Chinese in Wales Association.
Supported by Arts Council of Wales Connect & Flourish and the Western Bay Community Cohesion Fund.
2024 is a year of the Wood Dragon, starting from February 10th, 2024 (Chinese New Year) and ending on January 28th, 2025 (Chinese New Year’s Eve).
The Dragon symbolizes power, nobleness, honor, luck, and success in traditional Chinese culture. The Dragon is a supernatural being with no parallel for talent and excellence.
Volcano has teamed up with the Chinese in Wales Association and other Swansea Partners to bring you a month of activities, exhibitions, performances and stories celebrating the Year of the Dragon.
ALL EVENTS FREE. RESERVE PLACES FOR BOOKABLE EVENTS HERE
DRAGON ART EXHIBITION & COMPETITION!
Open to artists of all ages and backgrounds. We want to see your unique take on the Year of the Dragon.
Prizes: 18+: Two favourites will each win £50.
Under 18: Two favourites will each win £25.
Submission Deadline: January 30th
To enter, simply fill out the Google form here and email your artwork to Alan or to arrange drop it off at Volcano.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Volcano with lion dancing, a dragon-waking ceremony, Chinese food from New Slow Boat, and a free community art exhibition. No advance booking needed. Our dragon has been designed and built by Bourdon Brindille and Sarah Tombs and will be decorated by people from our Storyopolis and community groups.
WED 07 FEB – QI GONG 1 – 2pm
Lunchtime Qi-Gong –Baduanjin. Health and flexibility through the eight silken movements of this traditional form of gentle exercise. Free. All ages. Drop in.
FRI 09 FEB – TRADITIONAL HAIR PIN MAKING 1 – 2:30pm
Join our women’s group session to make a traditional Chinese hair pin. Places limited – please book online.
WED 14 FEB – HALF TERM FAMILY CRAFTS 11 – 12am AND 1 – 2pm
A selection of activities to try in our half-term family craft sessions. Make a dragon lantern, try your hand at the Chinese craft of paper cutting and the art of calligraphy. Free. Book online for Session 1 or Session 2.
FRI 16 FEB – TRADITIONAL MASK MAKING 1 – 3pm
Drop in between 1 and 3pm to our half-term family craft workshop. Free. Book online.
WED 21 FEB – TAI CHI / QI GONG 1- 2pm
Drop-in. Free. All ages.
FRI 23 FEB – CHINESE KNOT MAKING 1 – 2:30pm
Join our women’s group session and try the ancient art of Chinese knot making. Free. Book online.
SAT 24 FEB – DRAGON STORIES with STORYOPOLIS 10am – 2pm
Storyopolis Takeover! – Dragon stories and paper dragon making. Free. Ages 8-14. Please book via Storyopolis for this session! firstname.lastname@example.org
SAT 02 MARCH – CLOSING EVENT: CHINESE PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE
Tickets are now available for our Chinese New Year celebrations closing event. After a month of activities delivered in partnership with the Chinese in Wales Association, we invite you to our closing event in Volcano’s Bunker Theatre on Saturday March 2nd at 1.30pm. This showcase of Chinese performance arts includes Qipao dance, instrument performances, Kung Fu, fan dance, Chinese style jazz dance and more! Tickets are free but spaces are limited. Suitable for all. Family friendly event.