Program 2019


On February 9, 2019, not only Chinatown, but the entire city of The Hague will celebrate Chinese New Year. In and around the City Hall of The Hague, the national celebration is organized with Chinese dragons and lions dancing in procession through the city centre, fireworks on the Spuiplein and performances by Chinese and Dutch artists in the City Hall Atrium.
Every year, hundreds of people from all parts of the country come to this event to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year together with the Chinese community in the Netherlands. We expect many guests from the Netherlands and abroad, including members of the Dutch government and parliament, the Chinese ambassador in The Netherlands, ambassadors of other countries, and representatives of The Hague and other municipalities.

The festival is free for public. So join us on February 9 in The Hague.

National Celebration in City hall

10:00 Opening reception for the guests in the City Hall
10:30 Chinese dragon and lion dance and fireworks at the Spuiplein
11:30 Official opening speeches in the City Hall
Prominent representatives of the Dutch and Chinese administration
12:00 to 14:00 Great Chinese spectacle by famous art group from Henan Province, China
13:30 Chinese New Year lunch for invited guests at the Foyer of the City Hall
14:00 to 16:00 Varied Chinese show by Dutch-Chinese art groups
Chinese show groups from various cities in the Netherlands
Famous singer Laura Fygi
11:00 to 16:00 Cultural market in the City Hall

Celebration in Chinatown

11:00 to 18:00 Taste of China
Chinese New Year Market
Exposition of Chinese Zodiac sculptures
Rabbijn Maarsenplein and Parking Bijenkorf
12:15 VIP procession from City Hall to Chinatown
Chinese lions escort Vice-Mayor Richard de Mos and other VIP to Chinatown
12:45 to 13:30 Opening ceremony at Gedempte Burgwal
Official speeches, Drumshow and Choi San Yeh ceremony
13:30 to 18:00 Parades of Chinese dragons and lions and fireworks in Chinatown
Starting from Gedempte Burgwal and Chinese gate at Bijenkorf

Celebration at Plein

14:00 Chinese lions, dragons and drums escort VIP from City Hall to Plein
14:45 Opening ceremony at Plein
Official speeches, Drumshow, Choi San Yeh ceremony and fireworks
12:00 to 16:00 Livestreaming on large video screens of events in City Hall, Chinatown and Plein

For more information download Chinese New Year 2019 Program