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Sunderland celebrates Chinese New Year

Chinese new year in Sunderland

11:49am 25th February 2018
(Updated 12:15pm 25th February 2018)

Sunderland is celebrating Chinese New Year today, with events taking place across the city.

Starting at 12pm a traditional dragon dance will take place outside the Market Square in front of The Bridges.

This year celebrates the Year of the Dog and has been organised by Ian Wong, owner of Asiana restaurant, with support from Sunderland's Business Improvement District and Gentoo.

Starting with a12pm with a traditional dragon dance outside the Market Square entrance to the Bridges, there are other activities like Chinese Calligraphy, Kung Fu demonstrations, traditional dancing, music played with traditional Chinese instruments and local pupils singing Chinese songs and Chinese screen painting happening until 4pm.

"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," said Mr Wong.

"I am really grateful for the BID's support because without them, this couldn't have gone ahead."

Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations at Sunderland BID, hopes Sunderland residents will take the opportunity to attend the free event.

"Ian has put together a really diverse range of entertainment which people of all ages can enjoy," 

"Chinese New Year is a wonderful opportunity for people to learn more about another culture and have a great day out at the same time."
Samantha Czwordon, marketing manager at the Bridges, said the shopping centre seized on the opportunity for shoppers to find out more about Chinese New Year.

"We like to enhance the experience shoppers have when they come to the Bridges, so the chance to host some fantastic entertainment and to share in Chinese New Year was something we are delighted to be part of."

Although Chinese New Year itself falls on 16 February, across Asia it is also celebrated up to two weeks after that date

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