The Chinese Lunar New Year was celebrated in February and the young people who live here were invited to see in the year of the Ox with traditional festivities of dragon dancing and a firework display in our Immersive Space.
In the run up, each bungalow transformed a humble cardboard box into the head of a dragon complete with pointed teeth and big eyes (turns out, old CDs make great dragon eyes). Each one was fantastic, and took on a different personality. The young people had ripped and glued tissue paper, painted the surfaces and directed staff in the designing process.
All of that was before the main event even happened! On the day, each bungalow took part in the dragon dance during separate sessions. They used hoops to control the movement of the dragon’s body. Not everyone wanted to be underneath the red fabric, but one young person was in their walker and very keen to be part of the dragon conga.
After we’d danced into the Immersive Space we set off screamer balloons with a backdrop of Chinese pictures and firework displays. Gong hei fat choy!