Bangor will celebrate this year’s Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog – with a colourful Dragon Parade and Chinese Gala in the heart of Bangor as well as a weekend of performances, films, live music and family friendly activities.

Wales China Festival

16-18 February 2018

Pontio celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year at as they explore the creative connection between Wales and China, through cutting-edge art and culture.

Pontio will be hosting a weekend of eclectic performances, films, and family-friendly activities, showcasing the cultures, languages, and art of Wales and China. The first of its kind in Wales, this multi-lingual festival provides a platform for British East Asian stories, and collaborations between Welsh and Chinese musicians, playwrights, and artists.

In addition to the productions and live events, Pontio cinema will be hosting a range of Chinese films throughout the weekend. On Saturday, enjoy live music and pop up events in the foyer, as well as family-friendly craft workshops – all for free. Welcome to the Year of the Dog!


Saturday 17 February, 1 – 5pm
Sunday 18 February, 1-8pm
Studio / Free
Hear stories from the local Welsh-Chinese community in this immersive sound installation, created specially for the Festival by Linbury Prize winning designer Wang Minglu and sound designer Jethro Cooke. A striking audio story unfolds within a unique bamboo structure, connecting the sounds of Wales and China. Sound Installation: Welsh, English, Mandarin. On loop.


Explore Pontio’s public spaces and find artworks created to celebrate the festival by students from Coleg Menai’s Art Foundation Course. Look out for digital artworks on the screens and be sure to catch Pontio’s first ‘Wal Wen’ (White Wall) commission – a large-scale digital projection responding to the Wales-China theme

Chinese Dragon Dance

A Chinese dragon dance created by the Confucius Institute Saturday 17 February 2.40-3pm, Pontio Foyer – an explosion of colour to welcome visitors.

BLAS Project

Pontio’s Youth Theatre, BLAS, will create a site specific piece within the spaces of Pontio inspired by Welsh and Chinese folklore, Saturday 17 February, 2.30-2.40pm.


Join us on Level 2 for a range of Chinese-themed workshops and events for all ages on the afternoon of Saturday 17th February. Try your hand at the ancient art of calligraphy, learn some tai qi, paint a Beijing Opera mask or treat yourself to a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. In partnership with Bangor University’s Confucius Institute.

Chinese Music

Saturday 17 February, Gorad restaurant bridge, Pontio
Enjoy a live performance on the Chinese flute from Wang Weijie, 1-120pm. Also Li Xuan plays the traditional pipa (Chinese lute), China’s most romantic instrument, 3.50-4.15pm.

Chinese New Year Parade

Bangor Town Clock Saturday 24 February, 12-2pm Bangor’s Chinese New Year Parade returns for the Year of the Dog! An energetic display of Chinese street performance, this colourful family event is not to be missed. Featuring performances from pupils at Our Lady’s School and from the Confucius Institutes at Bangor and London Southbank Universities.

Click here to veiw the full programme including all the free workshops.