To celebrate the upcoming Chinese Year of the Pig, the Museum of London Docklands is holding a range of free cultural performances, activities and workshops in recognition of East London’s long-running historic links with the Chinese community.

Due to popular demand last year, activities will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, allowing families to enjoy the traditional festivities whilst avoiding the large crowds in central London.

Highlights include:
Martial arts performances: Watch Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations before having a go yourself.
Ribbon dance workshops: Try your hand at this beautiful and ancient art form.
Lion dancing: Join a professional Chinese dancing troupe for an authentic, breath-taking performance.

Centuries of trade between Britain and China ensured that a vibrant Chinese community had formed in London by the late 1800s. The community initially lived by the docklands in Limehouse, which became known as London’s first Chinatown. The decline of the shipping industry and heavy damage sustained during the Blitz meant that Chinatown eventually relocated to Soho.

The Museum of London Docklands is located at West India Quay in east London. Opened in 2003, the grade one listed converted Georgian sugar warehouse specifically tells the story of the port, river and city – focusing on trade, migration and commerce in London.

The museum is open daily from 10am- 6pm and is FREE to all, and you can explore the Museum of London Docklands with collections online – home to 90,000 objects with more added regularly.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL, from February 2-3 from 11am-4pm. Admission: free.

www.museumoflondon.org.uk