Preparations are underway for the FREE Chinese New Year celebrations in Birmingham.
The annual festivities, which this time welcome in the Year of the Dog, will include a massive street party in the city's Chinese Quarter.
For 2018, the Chinese New Year falls on Friday, February 16, and to celebrate there will be a day of free, family-friendly festivities the following Sunday.
And with organisers promising the 16th free annual Chinese New Year Festival will be even bigger and better than previous years, here's everything you need to know.
Activities will include lion dancing, a fire act, acrobatics, street food, traditional lantern making and funfair rides.
Don’t forget to say "Kung Hey Fat Choi!" - which means Happy New Year - if you do join the Chinese celebrations in Birmingham.
When is Chinese New Year in 2018?
Chinese New Year is on Friday, February 16, 2018.
When are the public celebrations in Birmingham?
As is the usual custom, the Chinese New Year Festival in Birmingham will be on the Sunday following the New Year date, which in 2018 is February 18.
They will take place from 11.30am to 4.30pm, according to organisers at Chinese Festival Committee Birmingham.
In addition, there are set to be Chinese New Year celebrations on Colmore Row and at St Phillips Cathedral on the New Year day itself, February 16.
And there are also plans for Chinese New Year celebrations at Birmingham City Football Club, on Saturday, February 17.
Where will the celebrations be held?
The main Chinese New Year Festival is within Birmingham's Chinatown, near the Hippodrome theatre.
A programme of free entertainment and activities is set to be staged in and near the Arcadian Centre, including Hurst Street and Ladywell Walk.
Expect the whole of the Chinese quarter to be busy though.
This hugely popular event attracts up to 30,000 people a year and has remained FREE despite Birmingham City Council scrapping grants to community events as part of austerity measures.
The majority of visitors are usually students and families and it is thought that 50 per cent are typically Chinese speakers.
But people from all backgrounds turn up to watch the impressive celebrations, which usually includes the dance of the dragon.
What will happen in Birmingham's Chinese Quarter on the day?
In 2017, the main activities took place on a stage in Hurst Street.
There was also a performance space at Southside Arch, in Ladywell Walk and in Hippodrome Square, as well as a series of children's workshops held at the Hippodrome's Patrick Centre Studio.
Visitors to the Arcadian Centre will find a host of stalls, including many selling Chinese street food, as well as a large marquee with a seating area.
A spokeswoman said: "In 2017 we expanded the Chinese New Year celebrations from the Arcadian to Hurst Street. Expect no less for 2018 but it to be much more exciting.
"So be prepared to indulge away with authentic Chinese street food, from dumplings to noodles brought to you from various Chinese regions, plus vibrant Chinese music, along with talented artists performing back to back cultural dances or movements on multiple stages.
"There will be plenty of festive decorations throughout the area and activities, catering from children to adults of all ages. Face paints, hands on workshops, the lot. Oh, and how can I not mention our must have act- lion dancing and fire crackers."
Map of events, stages and stalls
This map of the 2017 event, which breaks the different events into varying colours, shows you where everything was staged during the previous Chinese New Year celebrations.
We can expect something similar for 2018 and will update this when we have all the details.Chinese New Year
Who organises the Chinese New Year events in Birmingham?
The Chinese Festival Committee (Birmingham) or CFC-B is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation dedicated to organising the celebrations in Birmingham.
Birmingham's Chinese New Year event is one of the largest held in the Midlands.
James Wong is Chairman of the CFC-B and Managing Director of Chung Ying Restaurant Group and this will be his third year of running the festival.
He said the 2017 event was the biggest and most ambitious Chinese New Year festival to date and would act as a benchmark for following years.