The Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow welcomes the year of Snake: 2013 Chinese New Year’s Party

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Glasgow [Time]    2013-03-14 14:57:39 

To celebrate the most important traditional Chinese festival the Chinese New Year, the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow delivered a series of celebrations, which proved to be a success. On 7 February 2013, a traditional Chinese music concert at the Music Hall at the University entertained the audience from and outside of the university, many guests stayed on after the concert to appreciate the Chinese instruments including flute, cucurbit flute (hulusi), dulcimer and drums.

In association with the Students Representative Council, the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow started its Chinese New Year’s celebrations with dragon dance and Scottish piping on 8 February 2013. A very festive party was delivered at One A the Square in the ancient yet stunning Gilbert Scott Building at the University of Glasgow, the venue was decorated by beautiful Chinese knots, red lanterns and Chinese couplets. Over 200 guests enjoyed the wonderful entertainment performed by Chinese students and pupils from local schools.

The Confucius Institute welcomed VIPs including Mr Li Ruiyou, the Consul General from the Chinese Consulate General in Edinburgh, Professor Andrea Nolan, the Senior Vice Principal of University of Glasgow and Professor Anne Anderson, the Vice Principal and Head of Social Sciences College of the University of Glasgow.

The evening started with traditional Chinese dragon dance and Scottish piping. All the guests were very excited to watch the performance, especially for those who watched it real for the first time. A reporter from local radio station Clyde Radio interviewed the Consul General Mr Li and Director Professor Duckett on the site.

After the exciting performance outside, Professor Jane Duckett opened the evening at One A the Square, followed by Consul General Mr Li and Senior Vice Principal Nolan’s speeches. Both Mr Li and Professor Nolan welcomed the guests and expressed their good wishes to a very happy Chinese New Year, they also acknowledged the contribution that the Confucius Institute has made towards the exchanges between China and Scotland, and understanding between the people in these two countries, and wished a great year ahead for the Confucius Institute.

Three pupils from St Ninian’s High School and four children from Chinese Choir sang three Chinese songs led by teacher and singer Ms Liu Fang, their talent and Chinese language skills were well received by the guests. Miss Liu Xiaojiao, a Chinese student entertained the guests with a Chinese tune ‘Festival at Tianshan’ on dulcimer, some guests came up to ask question and have photos taken with her and her dulcimer after the performance. The Ceilidh band from Hillhead High School gave the evening a touch of Scottish music, their Principle Teacher Mr Ian Matheson led the band play four tunes which was a great joy, many guests including Consul General Mr Li and Professor Anderson were clapping and dancing along with the enjoyable rhythm.

The highlights of the evening also included two rounds of prize draw, Consul General Mr Li donated a special prize which added a lovely surprise along with six beautiful Chinese themed prizes which the Confucius Institute prepared.

Someone might say it is not a proper Chinese New Year without dumplings! Yes the Confucius Institute surprised all the guests with delicious dumplings and Chinese dim sum! To make it a perfect evening, our language teachers also organised paper cutting and calligraphy workshops for the guests to participate, it was a nice touch to finish the evening.

Consul General Mr Li Ruiyou gives a speech

Miss Liu Xiaojiao plays ‘Festival at Tianshan’ on dulcimer