When: 3rd June 2018, 10am – 6pm
Where: London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, London E16 2QT
What is it?
The London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2018 will be held at London’s Regatta Centre on Sunday 3rd June, with dragon boat racing, traditional Chinese lion dancing, South East Asian food, and martial arts demonstrations.
The free, family friendly, dragon boat racing event gives visitors the chance to experience Chinese culture in the British capital and is the biggest event of its kind in Europe. Throughout the day, there will be action out on the water with more than 40 competing club, corporate and amateur teams.
On land, the event’s South East Asian food festival will represent the culinary tastes of each country in the region including Mei Mei’s Street Cart, Bite Mi, Newdlez Pad Thai, Hanoi Kitchen, Pochi, Wok n Roll, EatFan, and Enak Enak; as well as Vietnamese Coffee from Ca Phe Vn, and cocktails and Tiger Beer from Quirky Bars. Entertainment will include live music and martial arts displays on the East West Festival stage, showcasing new artists from the East and West. The ‘dotting of the eyes ceremony’ will launch the event, followed by some traditional Chinese lion dancing.
Appearing live on the East West Festival stage, presented by DJ Alice from Spectrum radio, will be new and breaking musical talent and entertainers from all corners of the globe. Also appearing will be YouTube sensation Master Wong, who with 1,715,000 Youtube subscribers, and over 250 million views on his channel, is one of the most recognised martial artists specialising in Wing Chun, Tai Chi and TKD.
There will also be a raffle draw promising some fantastic prizes, donated by Cathay Pacific and Hutong at The Shard.
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is organised by London Chinatown Lions Club, the fund-raising event donates proceeds to the club’s nominated charities, and is supported by the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, London (HKETO), The Hong Kong Executives Club and The London Chinatown Chinese Community Centre.
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.
More info: www.lhkdbf.co.uk