Looking back at Sunderland’s Chinese New Year celebrations

Chinese New Year celebrations at Sunderland's Museum and Winter Gardens, the lion dance performed  by martial arts club Moi Fa.
Chinese New Year celebrations at Sunderland's Museum and Winter Gardens, the lion dance performed by martial arts club Moi Fa.

This year’s Chinese New Year takes place today - February 16 - heralding in the Year of the Dog.

Celebrations tend to last weeks - and in Sunderland, they are due to take place in the city on February 25.

The event is set to start at The Bridges from 12pm, with a traditional dance followed by performances of screen painting, Kung Fu and Chinese songs.

Read more: Sunderland to celebrate Chinese New Year in style

Inspired by the arrival of Chinese New Year, we’ve taken a look at Sunderland’s previous celebrations - including last year’s events at Mowbray Park and 2016’s in Keel Square.

Check out our picture gallery above and see if you can spot any familiar faces.

Sunderland’s celebrations are being organised by Ian Wong, owner of Asiana restaurant, with support from Sunderland’s Business Improvement District (BID) and Gentoo.

Mr Wong said: “Chinese New Year is a really important date on the calendar and I’m delighted that once again we can get the people of Sunderland to enjoy a whole range of cultural experiences.”