Where: London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, London E16 2QT
What is it?
The 20th London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be taking place on Sunday 28th June 2015 at the London Regatta Centre.
The 2015 London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival celebrates its landmark year with an extensive programme of racing, entertainment and a vast array of street food; providing an excellent opportunity to enjoy Chinese culture in the capital.
The free, family-friendly, one-day event is organised by London Chinatown Lions Club with support from Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, The Hong Kong Executives Club and The London Chinatown Chinese Community Centre. This year the festival is expected to attract 10,000 visitors from across the UK and overseas.
The festival promises over 7 hours of dragon boat races, and a food festival offering the flavours of Eastern Asia. There will also be live music on the East West Festival stage showcasing new music from East and the West, martial arts and Tai Chi displays, and traditional Chinese lion dancing. The dragon boat racing itself promises to be as exciting as ever with over 40 club, corporate and amateur teams battling it out for 4 cups and top honours.
Appearing live on the East West festival stage and the Cultural stage will be new and breaking musical talent and entertainers from both corners of the globe. Acts will include Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist, dancer Kieran Lai, recreating his Tin Man routine, which saw him reach the final of BBC Young Dancer 2015. Also appearing will be British-born Chinese singer, Will Li, who made the 2015 European round of The Voice China, and The Voice contestant Luciee Marie Closier. Other acts include three-piece girl band Vanquish, Hong Kong’s DJ Mi Key, Crash Island, a unique four-piece ‘dark tropical’ rock band, and the Jeffrey Alexander School of Martial Arts (JASMA).
The event also features a food festival offering the tastes of South East Asia. This year it will include Yi-Ban, one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in London, and Ayam Happy, serving Indonesian satays and nasi goreng. There will also be Vietnamese crusty baguettes, rice vermicelli salads and pho noodle soups from Banh Mi 11, and Vietnamese tea and coffee from Ca Phe Vn’s Saigon Street. Korrito will be serving authentic Korean BBQ meets Mexican burrito, and Newdlez Pad Thai will be serving freshly fried Thai cuisine. Other food stalls will include the Pitstop Cafe with its award-winning pan Asian food, the acclaimed The Duck Truck selling crispy duck wraps, and Yu Kyu’s Japanese tonkatsu sandwiches.
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is organised as a fund-raiser, with proceeds donated to nominated charities supported by the London Chinatown Lions Club. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes, including a pair of return flights to Hong Kong courtesy of Cathay Pacific and dinner for two at Hutong at The Shard.
More info: www.lhkdbf.co.uk