VIDEO: Dragons and lions kick off Chinese New Year in Sheffield

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A festival of bright colours, dance and music wowed crowds in Sheffield city centre on Saturday as part of celebrations for Chinese New Year.

Sheffield Chinese School students put on a bright display of dancing outside the Town Hall in front of youngsters and families.

Chinese New Year celebrations outside Sheffield Town Hall

Chinese New Year celebrations outside Sheffield Town Hall

A group of pupils performed a ‘dragon dance’ with a traditional Chinese dragon before a two prowling ‘lions’ entertained onlookers.

The event was put on by Sheffield Chinese Assocation, based in London Road, ahead of the Chinese New Year on February 19, which this year will be the year of the goat.

Organiser Hock-Ann Chia said: “It’s very important for the Chinese in the city and the community because it’s a very diverse city, with many different cultures, and we want to show what we bring to the city with our culture.”

Sheffield Mayor councillor Peter Rippon added: “It was great to see so many people here to celebrate Sheffield’s diversity.”

The dances were a preview to what is taking place tonight at City Hall.

The venue is being transformed for the show, China - A Land Of Wonders, which will feature lion dancers, acrobats and martial artists, billed as an ‘unforgettable taste of China.’

A writing workshop for youngsters aged over 10 will be held at 1.30pm, followed by the pre-show from 4pm and main event at 7pm.