Dragonboat Festival takes place in Birmingham

Dragonboat Festival on the Fazeley Canal in Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

The annual Dragonboat Festival has been taking place in Brindley Place in Birmingham today.

22 teams from the city's business community will compete in traditional 40ft long Chinese dragonboats along the Fazeley Canal.

The teams will be pitching their rowing skills on a course that runs from Pitcher and Piano at The Water’s Edge in Brindleyplace to the finishing post at the NIA.

The competition will raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital cancer unit to help mark the hospital’s 150th anniversary. Last year’s event raised a total of £38,000.

Each team is expected to raise at least £1500. Alongside the high action race, the festival offers a fun day out for the whole family including arts and activity stalls, a craft market, Chinese Lion Dancers and live music.

Competitors taking part in Dragonboat race Credit: ITV Central

The race will consist of three heats, and team prizes will be awarded to the winner and runner up, alongside prizes for the best team fancy dress.