AN EXCITING display of song and dance was put on by members of Sheffield’s thriving Chinese community to welcome the arrival of the country’s New Year.
According to China’s calendar, 2013 is the Year of the Snake, predicted to be a year of prosperity and peace.
The snake is the sixth sign on the Chinese zodiac, representing wisdom, beauty, intelligence and power.
To mark the occasion, a programme of authentic Chinese singing and dancing was held at Sheffield City Hall, featuring acrobats, martial arts, and The Sichuan Opera.
Stalls also offered tasty cuisine in the ballroom, before the main show in the Oval Hall.
Ancient tales from Chinese folklore were told through performances from The International Chengdu Nationality Group and the Lion Dance Team, following a thunderous musical interlude from the Drums of Qiang.
There was also a speech from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and a representative from the Chinese Embassy.