VIDEO: Chinese community put on spectacular cultural display

The local Chinese community put on a fantastic display of their culture at Derry’s Craft Village on Sunday, in a festival which signals the end of a two week long celebration to mark the start of the Chinese New Year.

The local Chinese community put on a fantastic display of their culture at Derry’s Craft Village on Sunday, in a festival which signals the end of a two week long celebration to mark the start of the Chinese New Year.

Je Lin who performed a traditional fan dance at the City of Culture Chinese New Year celebrations in the Craft Village in Derry~Londonderry on sunday, marking the year of the Snake. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 24.2.12

Je Lin who performed a traditional fan dance at the City of Culture Chinese New Year celebrations in the Craft Village in Derry~Londonderry on sunday, marking the year of the Snake. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 24.2.12

Hundreds of people turned up on a crisp Sunday afternoon to see the many demonstrations which included a series of dances including the famous dragon dance, the fan dance and the ribbon dance.

Children in the crowd were encouraged to participate in the ribbon dance following instructions from Chinese dancers.

There were also demonstrations of martial arts and music using traditional instruments, as well as traditional Chinese cuisine available to try.

2013 is the Year of the Snake, and ends on 30th January 2014, with the Year of the Horse starting on 31st January, 2014.