The Mayor of Wigan in love with traditional Chinese culture, UK

[Source]    the Confucius Classroom at Wigan & Leigh College [Time]    2014-10-29 15:32:20 
 

At the invitation of the Confucius Classroom at Wigan & Leigh College, Ms. Phyllis Cullen, Mayor of the City of Wigan, attended the celebration for the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute with her daughter Trish Cullen at Wigan Youth Zone, the U.K.. As the newly elected mayor, Ms. Phyllis Cullen’s presence undoubtedly has expanded the influence of the Confucius Classroom on a local scale. Both media in Wigan and Wigan & Leigh College reported this event, and the latter put a special coverage on its website’s homepage.

On that day, Ms. Nan Wei, Executive Principal of the Confucius Classroom at Wigan & Leigh College, played host to the mayor along with the top managers of Wigan Youth Zone. In her speech, Ms. Phyllis Cullen noted, “I am very pleased to attend the celebration for the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute here at Wigan Youth Zone today. The Confucius Classroom at Wigan & Leigh College has not only offered Chinese courses but also held a range of activities in Wigan and its neighboring areas, adding to the cultural diversity of Wigan. I am so delighted to see that young people in Wigan get to be exposed to another strikingly different culture, and meanwhile I hope that all of you can enjoy a taste of Chinese culture today. Wish the Confucius Classroom a brighter future and more success.”

After her speech, Ms. Phyllis Cullen partook in various activities in company with teachers from the Confucius Classroom. She first watched the performance of traditional Chinese lion dance and Chinese Kung Fu, and after she experienced Kung Fu with the children of Wigan Youth Zone, she repeatedly praised its power and strength. Ms. Phyllis Cullen and her daughter also tried traditional Chinese musical instruments like erhu and bamboo flute, and Chinese songs and dances. Then she took photos with the Peking Opera actors and folk dancers. She showed her affection for the distinctiveness of Chinese folk dance costumes.

In the session of traditional Chinese games, the mayor and her daughter participated in such interesting games as cat’s cradle with the volunteers and visiting local residents. What intrigued the mayor most was the chance to try on traditional Chinese clothes. She patiently listened to the introduction of various Chinese national costumes, and then put on a Manchu Princess dress – with accessories on head and a handkerchief in hand. Out of the love for the dress, she spoke highly of traditional Chinese culture.


Ms. Phyllis Cullen and her daughter playing cat’s cradle 


Ms. Phyllis Cullen trying on a Manchu Princess dress

After her visit, Ms. Phyllis Cullen commended the extensive cultural activities organized by the Confucius Classroom. She said that she really looked forward to taking part in the Classroom’s celebration activities for the New Year’s Day.

Confucius Classroom at Wigan & Leigh College,Yang Qingjing

 
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