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London Dragon Boat Festival 2019
June 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pmFree
24th London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at the Royal Docks
One of the UK’s most exciting cross-cultural sporting occasions returns to London’s Regatta Centre/Royal Docks Adventure on Sunday 30th June 2019.
The 24th edition of the free, family-friendly, annual dragon boat racing event welcomes 10,000 visitors from all over the UK and overseas and provides an excellent opportunity to experience Chinese culture in the British capital.
Throughout the day, the spectacular action out on the water at the most prestigious event of its kind outside of Asia will be provided by more than 40 competing club, corporate and amateur teams taking part. Drama unfolds as novices do battle with some of the UK’s greatest paddlers, as well as the elements, to take home 5 cups, which are presented to the winning teams in a quayside awards ceremony on the cultural stage at 5.30pm.
On land, the event’s food festival will represent the culinary tastes of South East Asia with vendors representing each country, meanwhile entertainment including DJs and live music will be provided on the East West Festival stage (showcasing new artists from the East and West), together with martial arts displays and traditional Chinese lion dancing.
Dragon boat festivals originated in ancient southern central China some 2,500 years ago along the banks of Yangtze River, around the same era the Olympic Games began in Greece. Today dragon boat racing is one of the most popular water sports both in China and internationally.
At the Royal Docks Adventure, Dockside Road, London E16 2QT
This is situated opposite London City Airport, on the opposite side of the docks and next to Connaught Bridge. All Dragon Boat team members, visitors, guests and sponsors are encouraged to use public transport where possible.
The nearest train station is Royal Albert using Docklands Light Railway (DLR).
Further information on the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival website