The North East gears up for Chinese New Year
Written by Scott McGerty on 9th February 2018
One of the regions noisiest annual events returns next weekend as the North East celebrates the Chinese New Year.
In Sunderland, the year of the dog will be celebrated with lion dancers, Chinese arts and crafts and family trails.
There’ll be also live music and selling stalls at the event which takes place at the Sunderland Museum and Winter garden on Sunday 17th February..
Meanwhile, The Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland will also celebrate the event.
As they host traditional Chinese dancers as a dragon leads audiences from Market Square to Central Square.
Drum and Kung Fu displays will also takes place alongside live singers, brush painting and Chinese calligraphy on Sunday 25th February.
In Durham, the traditional Chinese Lion dance will be performed first in Durham Market Place; the dancing Lion together with the drum and cymbal accompaniment are believed to drive away bad luck and bring a fresh start.
The Lion will be scattering lettuce leaves throughout the city centre to bring luck, and Cllr Bill Kellett, Mayor of Durham, will be challenged with catching the first lucky lettuce thrown by the dancing lion to ensure good fortune for the year ahead for the city.
This year the Chinese New Year celebrations coincide with the Fire and Ice Festival in Durham city centre, so not only will visitors also be able to enjoy the ice and fire sculptures and themed trails in the City centre but the lion dance will be performed with a back drop of the water fountains and flames of the Fire and Ice show.
There will also be drop-in Chinese New Year themed Arts and Crafts sessions in Clayport Library in Millennium Place from 2 to 4pm (£1 per child).