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Chinese New Year celebrations

Watch the video to find out what happens at our Chinese New Year celebrations

Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig

University of Exeter Chinese New Year celebrations are the biggest in the city and are regularly attended by over 2500 people. The celebrations are presented by the Chinese Student Scholars Association (CSSA) and supported by University of Exeter, Students Guild and Streetwise Fund.

13:00 - 18.30 Sunday 17 February 2019

Please note that city centre outdoor activities are weather dependent. Updates will be on this webpage.

The festival will include:

1pm City Centre Parade: Dragon and Lion traditional dancing, starts at Buffet City, through Cathedral Green, performance in Bedford Square, processing along the High Street and Gandy Street to the Royal Albert Museum (weather dependent)
3pm On campus celebrations: Dragon and Lion dancing parade in the Great Hall
3.15pm Chinese displays, craft stalls, food and activities suitable for all in the Forum
5.15pm Cultural performances from our talented students in the Great Hall
6.30pm Fireworks to be viewed from XFI Building (weather dependent)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Chinese New Year Museum Trail

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) with a trail around the Chinese objects on display, including a dragon pennant taken in battle, a fortune-telling compass and a dazzling hairpin made of kingfisher feathers. A trail for all ages, with stickers for children. Free entry throughout February.


Campus parking is free on the weekend. Please follow signs for Car Parks C, D, A and B and walk to the Forum. See the car parking web pages for more details. If you would like to bring a coach or minibus please contact more information.


This event has been designed with students and families in mind and all are welcome. Please note, however, that there is no crèche facility available and parents are responsible for their children whilst attending the event.

Thank you to the InExeter, Bristol Airport, University of Exeter, the Business School and Streetwise Fund for generously supporting this event.