How to celebrate Chinese New Year in Madrid

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How to celebrate Chinese New Year in Madrid
Photo: Ayuntamiento de Madrid

With a Chinese population estimated at 62,000, Madrid is full of celebrations for the Year of The Rat.


The barrio of Usera is the hub of celebrations this weekend as it is home to a large Chinese community in Madrid.

Centred around Plaza Junta Distrito Usera where a huge stage had been set up there will be performances, workshops, food trucks starting from Friday at 5pm as well as sculptures including a giant panda.

Workshops include face painting for children, chinese chess (xiangqi) and storytelling as well as theatre shows, a market and musical concerts.

On Friday night the Chinese-born influencer Yon Li will kick off the party on a stage set up in Plaza Junta Distrito Usera where there will be diverse rap and pop artists playing until 10pm.

On the same stage on Saturday there are concerts for kids during the day followed by music in the evening.

At 6pm on Saturday head to Parque Pradolongo for a Light show and on Sunday in Parque Olof Palme there is a display of acrobatics by the Chinese circus.

But the celebrations aren’t confined to the Usera district.

Madrid’s Puerta de Alcala will be lit up especially for the Chinese New Year on Friday and Saturday and Chinese restaurants across the city are offering special New Year tasting menus. Check out the list here:

For a full list of events and activities take a look at the official programme.

Happy New Year! 


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