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.

"There is a great atmosphere on the day with businesses from Brindleyplace and surrounding areas competing but the best thing about it is that every single penny raised will be donated to Birmingham Children's Hospital again. "

Competitors taking part in Dragonboat race Credit: ITV Central

We are delighted to be part of the festival for the 3rd year running especially in our special birthday year. Last year was such a brilliant day with over 3000 spectators joining in the fun. "

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.