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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

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.


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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. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

Chinese New Year celebrations at Islington Chinese Association. Stephen Hsu, dressed as a traditiona

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

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