Festivals sweep across Sunderland as the city celebrates Year of the Dog

Dragon dances, lion dances, Kung Fu performances and Chinese calligraphy, that is only part of the numerous Chinese New Year celebrations seen in Sunderland in the 2018 festivities.

Crowds from all parts of Sunderland gathered in different venues to witness the family friendly celebrations. Organised events attracted a lot of families with children to see the colourful decorations and take part in different activities.

The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens held one of the first celebrations in the city on February 17, and saw large numbers of crowds enjoying the Chinese arts and crafts.

Jennie Lambert, public engagement and learning manager at Sunderland Museums and Heritage Service, said: “The event attracted nearly 2000 visitors and is one of the most popular events in the Museum calendar. Visiting families loved the colour, the excitement of the lion dances and feeling part of a cultural celebration that brings the community together. We look forward to hosting next year’s event!”

The Bridges shopping centre has also seen some celebrations and dances on February 25, and managed to attract a huge number of crowds who saw lion dances, traditional Chinese instrument performances, drum displays and some arts and calligraphy activities as well.

Here is a map outlining the two places in Sunderland which saw the major celebrations.

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