Volunteer at Chinese and Lunar New Year events 🧨

Do you celebrate Chinese or Lunar New Year in your culture? If so – why not share your traditions with a wider University and city of Bristol community?  It’s a great chance to meet new people, develop your skills and have some fun, with only a small time commitment.

Find out more and sign up to volunteer below.


1. Celebrate Chinese and Lunar New Year with the Global Lounge

Application deadline: Sunday 18 December 2022
Event date:
27 January 2023, 3 to 6 pm (times to be confirmed), the Global Lounge
Sign up: Complete a volunteer application form

Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year are some of the largest festival celebrations in the world, observed by millions of people living in China, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and many others! This year we are celebrating Chinese and Lunar New Year in the Global Lounge and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the event. All current students and staff, home and international, are welcome to apply.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved, and full training will be provided. You can volunteer to help run activities on the day, including:

  • Bang-Pae kite making
  • Wooden lantern making
  • Mahjong taster session
  • Calligraphy workshop
  • a photobooth

We are still planning the celebrations and the activities listed above are not our final selection. We are happy to consider other activities that fall under your nation’s Lunar New Year celebrations. If you have any suggestions please include them on the volunteering application form, we'd love to hear your ideas! 

We are also looking for volunteers with personal experience of the following events:

  • Seollul (Korean)
  • Tet (Vietnam)
  • Losar (Tibet)
  • Spring Festival (China)
  • Spring Festival (Malaysia)
  • Spring Festival (Singapore)
  • Tsaagan Sar (Mongolia)
  • Others (please specify on the application form)

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please send us an email at global-lounge@bristol.ac.uk or visit us in the Global Lounge during opening hours. Simply fill out the application form to register your interest: https://airtable.com/shrPCeMOl0EvSLTD1.


2. Lunar New Year at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Application deadline: Please complete the simple form as soon as possible, and you will be contacted by 13 December 2022.
Event date: 28 and 29 January 2023, 10 am to 4:30 pm, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Sign up: Complete a volunteer application form

The below description below has been provided by Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Welcome in the Year of the Rabbit at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery this January. We are looking for student volunteers to help us greet the many visitors, run craft and heritage activities and perhaps to take part in the spectacular performances.

The celebration (also traditionally known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival) is taking place over the weekend of 28 and 29 January 2023 (10 am to 4:30 pm). Colourful, joyful and exciting, it is the biggest new year event in the Southwest of England. There will be plenty of opportunities to engage with families and other visitors wishing to discover East and Southeast Asian Culture. Training will be provided to run activities such as discovering Chinese inventions, origami, and dressing up in traditional costumes.

We have a stunning programme of performances but there are opportunities for students wishing to offer a musical, dance or martial arts performance. We have writing materials for volunteers able to help visitors to write in Chinese. Volunteers representing other countries that celebrate Lunar New Year are equally welcome to volunteer, as are students from other backgrounds.

Possibly our most popular volunteer role is dressing up in one of our 3 cute panda costumes! The event brings people together and we’re delighted that the Mayor of Bristol is dropping in. We hope that you can join us. Please complete the simple form (the link above) and once we have collated the results, we will contact you by 13 December:

The event is kindly sponsored by the University of Bristol.


If you would like to volunteer on a regular basis with the Global Lounge, why not explore our other volunteering opportunities?