Chinese New Year Gala 2012 (IV)
In the evening of February 3, 2012, over 700 people gathered at Albert Hall in the city centre of Nottingham, eagerly anticipating the opening of the Chinese New Year Gala 2012, which featured a performance hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nottingham, co-organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at Nottingham (CSSA-NOTT) and Nottingham University Art Centre. Present at the event were Nottingham University Pro-Vice-Chancellors Prof. Christine Ennew, Prof. Chris Rudd, Prof. Hai-Sui Yu, and Head of School of Contemporary Chinese Studies Prof. Yao Shujie, and Mr. Jiang, representative of the Education Section of Chinese Embassy in London, along with guests and audience from Nottingham as well as Nottingham University students and staff.
Before the performance, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Christine Ennew on behalf of the University of Nottingham, Prof. Yao on behalf of the hosts, Mr Jiang on behalf of the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy, all went on the stage and expressed their thanks to the Weinan Normal University Art Troupe for coming from afar and bringing such a happy event to Nottingham, and wished a very happy New Year to everyone present.
The atmosphere was warm and joyful throughout the whole performance. The singing and dancing, which featured the cultures of western China, presented the audience with amazing pictures of these rich and unique cultures. In addition, some Chinese Students at Nottingham contributed some excellent performances to engage Chinese students in such events and showcase their talents. Everyone applauded when the performance ended. The Chinese New Year Gala 2012 co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham University Art Centre etc. came to a successful conclusion.
The performance was very successful. Prof. David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, said that he would try his best to attract more funds from home and abroad to hold an even bigger and more influential event of the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations next year.
Written & Photographed by Tang Rongjie