Lunar New Year celebrations at Leeds Merrion Centre

Lunar New Year event at Merrion Centre Leeds draws thousands to celebrate year of the dragon

The Merrion Centre announces the resounding success of its first Lunar New Year celebration which focused on honouring Chinese culture and traditions.

The event, supported by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds, attracted an unprecedented surge in visitors, all eager to experience a colourful array of activities. 

In addition, guests were able to indulge in the range of authentic Asian venues based at the Merrion Centre including the recently announced Meet Fresh, premium restaurant Blue Pavilion, Sing Kee Chinese Supermarket and authentic casual diner Eatime. 

Over the course of the weekend, footfall statistics painted a “remarkable picture of success”, underscoring the Merrion Centre’s ongoing appeal and strong resonance within the local community.

A key highlight of the event was the collaboration with local Chinese Community Schools, including New Vision Education, Leeds Chinese Community School, and York Chinese Society. 

Their participation brought a rich tapestry of performances, including Qi Lin Dances, Zither Performances, and Dragon and Lion Dances. These cultural showcases “captivated audiences and created an atmosphere of joy and celebration”.

Lynsey Clarke, Asset Manager for Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS), owners of the Merrion Centre, commented: “In recent years the Merrion Centre has seen a surge in International eateries and venues which continue to grow in popularity with our customers. 

“Acknowledging this trend, we recognised the exciting opportunity to celebrate cultural diversity, particularly considering the large number of International students on our doorstep.

“Choosing to celebrate Chinese New Year is an obvious choice, and we are thrilled with the overwhelming success of this first Lunar New Year event in the same year that we prepare to celebrate our own 60th anniversary.”

Bei Gao, Chair at Leeds Chinese Community School said: “We were delighted to work with the Merrion Centre for this special event which offered an opportunity to showcase the beauty and diversity of Chinese culture, and look forward to future collaborations and continuing to bring our community together through cultural celebrations at the Merrion Centre."

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