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Although we have now got over our own new year celebrations, the good news is we can now look forward to the Chinese New Year and local events lined up for that.

There will be festivities in King’s Lynn, but I wish to concentrate in this week’s column on the lion dancing at Downham Market’s Town Square on Monday, February 11. It’s always great fun mixing with West Norfolk’s Chinese community and enjoying the traditions of another culture and to find out more about this event call 01366 387770 – and don’t forget it is quite possible there could be a similar event in your own local community any time soon.

Still roaming for the moment and moving on to the Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens. A quilting and patchwork day is taking place as you read this but don’t despair it will be repeated in late April. Between then and now there is plenty to enjoy including daily winter feeds, nature explorers, a Challenge Sunday and special events over Easter. Call Pensthorpe on 01328 851465 or visit their website.

Lynn’s Fiction Festival, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The Festival takes place between March 8 and 10 at Lynn Town Hall and will feature writers of international standing including Rose Tremain, Rachel Hore, and Michael Holroyd. Younger and less well known authors will be included in an exciting mix from many international locations. Visit the Lynn Fiction Festival’s website and learn more.

I was glad to have mentioned the “Show-Offs 2013” in last week’s column as there is certainly a feast for the eye at The Greyfriars Art Space, St. James Street, Lynn. You still have the chance to view this varied, striking and free exhibition as it continues to tomorrow at 4pm. Students from the College of West Anglia (Lynn Campus) have produced some superb work.

Many years ago (but not too many) I took part in a school production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury in High Wycombe and have loved the piece ever since, so I must mention the West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society Jubilee production of HMS Pinafore which includes the novel idea of incorporating a performance of Trial by Jury as an entertainment for the cruise between the two parts of Pinafore. This glittering production starts its run at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on Wednesday, February 6 and concludes on Saturday 9th. The show starts at 7.30pm with a matinee at 3.30pm on the Saturday. I am sure my old music master (who had his family home in Aldeburgh and knew Benjamin Britten) would have approved of this unique local production. Our own Derek Oldfield conducts. Call the box office on 01553 764864 for further details.

I have praised the recent film Anna Karenina (12A) before and you have another chance to see it at North Creake Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, February 19. This intriguing adaptation of Tolstoy’s masterpiece stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law. Tickets are £5 and are available, in advance only, on 01328 738959. The price includes a complimentary drink from the licensed bar which opens at 7pm. Trailers of the current and future films can also be viewed on the website

Still on film, if American history is an interest of yours don’t miss Spielberg’s new award winning movie Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis as the president gives an amazing performance.