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Unicorn dance heralds Year of Dog
Chinese Arch, Liverpool
The full New Year celebrations will start at the city's Chinese Arch
The build up to Chinese New Year celebrations is beginning in Liverpool.

Two "unicorns" performed a colourful dance to a traditional drum beat outside the 08 Place one-stop shop in Whitechapel on Saturday.

The dance was organised by the Wah Sing Chinese Community Centre and the Liverpool Culture Company.

Liverpool is home to one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe. The Chinese Unicorn is said to be a good omen which brings future good luck.

Prof Drummond Bone, chairman of the Liverpool Culture Company, said: "The 08 Place is fast becoming established as one of the city's creative hubs, so it is a fitting venue for cultural displays and events like this."

The Year of the Dog celebrations begin on 29 January at the Chinese Arch on Nelson Street.

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