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Year of the Dog celebrations highlight Islington’s ‘vibrant communities’

PUBLISHED: 11:13 21 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:19 21 February 2018

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditional money god, welcomes people into the centre. Picture: Polly Hancock

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditional money god, welcomes people into the centre. Picture: Polly Hancock

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Islington Chinese Association held a huge New Year bash at its Upper Holloway headquarters on Saturday.

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. 'Chinese Elvis' Eddy Lam, mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran and Islington Chinese Association chairman Brian Kay. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. 'Chinese Elvis' Eddy Lam, mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran and Islington Chinese Association chairman Brian Kay. Picture: Polly Hancock

Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O’Halloran was the special guest for the Year of the Dog celebrations in Hatchard Road.

As well as “Chinese Elvis” Eddy Lam, performances ranged from Chinese drummers to an Irish music and dance group which meets at the HQ.

The association said it “highlighted and reflected Islington’s vibrant, diverse communities and creativity”.

Founded in 1986, it runs six days a week from St Gabriel’s Community Centre, with a programme including everything from Cantonese opera singing to badminton.

In an interview with the Gazette last year, CEO Dr Stephen Ng said: “This is somewhere Chinese people can come together. Most of us are old folks – the oldest is 90 – and share the same language, customs and traditions.”

For more information about the group, visit islingtonchinese.com

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Traditional Chinese Opera singers Jingju and Jo with the money god, Stephen Hsu. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Traditional Chinese Opera singers Jingju and Jo with the money god, Stephen Hsu. Picture: Polly Hancock

Chinese New Year celebrations at the Islington Chinese Association. Students from the Association's calligraphy class write New Year banners. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at the Islington Chinese Association. Students from the Association's calligraphy class write New Year banners. Picture: Polly Hancock

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. The Meitheal Cheoil group, which rehearses at the centre, played St Patrick's Day music. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. The Meitheal Cheoil group, which rehearses at the centre, played St Patrick's Day music. Picture: Polly Hancock

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Fan dancer Hing Yi Chan. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Fan dancer Hing Yi Chan. Picture: Polly Hancock

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association and a traditional drumming demonstration. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association and a traditional drumming demonstration. Picture: Polly Hancock

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. A traditional lion dance to welcome the New Year. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. A traditional lion dance to welcome the New Year. Picture: Polly Hancock

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Brian Kay and mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran perform a ceremony to dot the eyes of the new lion to bring it to life. Picture: Polly HancockChinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Brian Kay and mayor of Islington Cllr Una O'Halloran perform a ceremony to dot the eyes of the new lion to bring it to life. Picture: Polly Hancock

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