Where: London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, London E16 2QT
What is it?
This year’s London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will take place at London’s Regatta Centre on Sunday 25th June 2017.
The event will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the creation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival forms parts of a series of events, organised or supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), in London during 2017.
First organised in 1985, the dragon boat racing event is renowned as one of the UK’s most exciting cross-cultural sporting occasions, and the free, family-friendly day out welcomes up to 10,000 visitors each year. The festival provides an opportunity to experience Chinese culture in the British capital.
On land, the event’s accompanying food festival will represent the culinary tastes of South East Asia, with entertainment including live music on the East West Festival stage, showcasing new artists from the East and West, martial arts displays, and traditional Chinese lion dancing.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London (HKETO, London) is the official representation of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in nine countries. Its mission is to promote and strengthen Hong Kong’s economic, trade and cultural links with these countries.
Dragon boat festivals originated in ancient southern central China some 2,500 years ago along the banks of Yangtze River, around the same era the Olympic Games began in Greece. Today, dragon boat racing is one of the most popular water sports both in China and internationally. The London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is organised by London Chinatown Lions Club, and the fund-raising event donates proceeds to the club’s nominated charities.
More info: www.lhkdbf.co.uk