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2024 UK CHINESE
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

Since the Xinhua Chinese Association (XCA) introduced the first UK Chinese Dragon Boat Festival (UCDBF) at the Salford Water Sports Centre in 2012, XCA has been continuously developing this Event into a very popular and well-known community one for contributions to the multicultural and inclusive society, as well as promoting understanding, exchanges and friendship between the UK and China, which have been highly praised by all parties.

 

Especially in 2023 the XCA joined the Salford City Council (SCC) and the British Dragon Boat Racing Association (BDA) together to extend the one-day Event into a fabulous two-day one, attracted more race teams and audience, who all enjoyed the fun-filled, adrenaline pumping, water sports, together with the excellent cultural performances and delicious festival foods. UCDBF is now a well desired multicultural community event in the British society.

 

With the built rich experience XCA together with SCC and BDA are determined to make the 2024UCDBF, the 10th Dragon Boat Festival, ever more grand and successful.

 

The 2024 UCDBF will achieve the following aims:

  • Attract more British people and institutions to participate in order to make the Event a landmark cultural and sports activities for the communities of the British society.

  • Contribute actively to the multiculturalism inclusive society, for more peaceful and harmonious communities.

  • Promote the Anglo-China people’s understanding, exchange and friendship, as well as the economic and trade cooperation.

  • Promote the legacies of Salford and Greater Manchester, for cultural and tourism development.

  • Provide platforms for institutions and enterprises to share their business information and products with the public and potential customers.

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WE GET TOGETHER,
WE SHARE THE FUTURE,
AND ALSO THE HAPPY TIMES & ENJOYMENT

Date

8-9 June 2024

Venue

The Quays, Salford

Greater Manchester, M50 3AZ

Basics about
UK Chinese Dragon Boat Race

Dragon boat race is a team paddling sport of dragon boat racing. It's not a competition oriented event, any man and woman can enter the race, no experience required.

Dragon Boat Crew

Each team has 10 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steersman who is assigned by event organiser.
The pulsation of the drum beats produced by the drummer may be considered the “heartbeat” of the dragon boat. The drummer leads the paddlers throughout a race using the rhythmic drum beat to indicate the frequency and synchronicity of all the paddlers’ strokes (that is, the cadence, picking up or accelerating the pace, slowing the rate, etc.)

Paddlers

The paddlers sit facing forwards in the boat, and use a specific type of paddle which, (unlike rowing sweep, or scull), is not rigged to the racing water craft in any way. Therefore, Dragon boaters are paddlers not rowers or oarsmen/women.

Steersman

The sweep, known also as the steersman, steers the dragon boat with a sweep oar rigged at the rear of the boat, generally on the left side. This is done by using the oar as a rudder, while the boat is moving, or by sweeping the stern of the boat sideways by pulling or pushing water with the oar as the boat is moving slowly or stationary.

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DAY 1

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH

Opening Ceremony.

 

36-48 dragon boat racing teams (amateur) competes for the championship, including the SCC team and other well-known institutions of UK, enterprise teams, Chinese community teams, etc. Cultural performances, institutional exhibitions, food sales, etc. (see details below)

DAY 2

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH

Professional dragon boat club competitions mainly based on BDA, including professional teams from China and other countries and regions in the world.

 

Cultural performances, institutional exhibitions, food sales, etc. (see details below)

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CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

Next to the site of the Huron Basin for Dragon Boating competitions, a variety of amusing cultural activites will be held in the Lowry Plaza, including:

  • Dragon and lion dance;

  • Chinese and English song chorus, duet and solo;

  • Chinese folk dance includes solo and group dances;

  • Chinese folk instruments play famous Chinese and Western music;

  • Tai Chi, Kung Fu, etc, including interactive experience;

  • Calligraphy and painting display, including interactive experience, such as hands-on practice of "your name in Chinese";

  • Hand crafts for children and primary school students, such as paper-cut / folding;

  • Children's facial makeup, theme: green world, cute animals, Chinese opera characters (including Peking Opera);

  • Exhibition and consultation of traditional Chinese medicine;

  • Invite other ethnic cultural activities to participate, such as:

    • Southeast Asian Chinese song and dance

    • British song and dance

    • Morris dance / Irish dance;

    • Western instruments play Chinese music;

    • Local pop band singing, etc.

CHINESE FOOD CULTURE & TASTE OF DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL FOOD

  • Introduction on Chinese food culture and provide typical Dragon Boat Festival foods such as Zongzi and other delicious foods;

  • Chinese tea culture and tasting;

  • Demonstration of Zongzi and Jiaozi (dumpling) making.

Fundraising for Charity

10% of the team entrance fee will be donated to the charity of Action for Children 

Please Offer Generous Support

We sincerely urge you to generously support this very popular and welcomed national event. All participants and audience together with XCA, SCC, and BDA will highly anticipate your generosity. 
 

  • Your logo and advertisement will be included in:

    • Event Manual (A4) and Poster.

    • The websites of XCA, SCC, and BDA.

    • On the dedicated website and new media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

    • On banners and other promotional media at the event site

  • The name and logo of the Title sponsor will be displayed on the boats, flags around the venue, and other relevant prominent signs;

  • 2024 UCDBF will receive extensive coverage from British and Chinese media such as Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, People's Daily, CCTV, and European Phoenix TV;

  • To be invited to the Opening Ceremony on 8 June and the Celebration Party on 10 June for networking with VIPs and expanding contacts and business.

THE 2023 UK CHINESE
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
BROCHURE

Available now!

Check out the 2023 brochure to discover more about our previous event!

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GALLERY

UK CHINESE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

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PRESENTING PARTNER

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