Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia, Spain, holds 2015 street folk performance to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia [Time]    2015-03-11 17:05:06 
 

At 6:30 p.m. on February 21, the 4th street folk performance started in the well-known Chinese community of Valencia, Spain. The performance was organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia (UV) to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, which attracted close to 10,000 viewers.

The performance was a combination of Chinese martial arts, acrobatics, folk dances and cultural art shows. The 100-meter-long parade procession was composed of performance teams of dragon dance, lion dance, acrobatics, Shaolin Kung Fu, Taiji fan, teachers from the Confucius Institute and teachers and students from local Chinese language schools. Also, there were floats decorated with both Chinese and western flavors.

The procession was led by the boisterous, cheerful dragon and lion dances, which were followed by stunt-like acrobatic shows. Powerful Shaolin Kung Fu and flexible Taiji performance provided the audience with an interesting complementary contrast. Teachers from the Confucius Institute brought a variety of different shows such as the “water-sleeve” dance of the Yueju Opera and shuttlecock kicking which attracted many kids to try. Clad in traditional Chinese costumes, some of the teachers sent New Year greetings to the viewers with red lanterns, or Chinese knots, or red silk fans in hands. Interactive activities like learning how to express Spring Festival greetings in Chinese were rather well-received. Students and teachers from local Chinese language schools intoned the Three Character Classic in Chinese to showcase the beauty of the rhythm of Chinese language. As the floats of the “God of Wealth” and of other important figures in traditional Chinese culture appeared in the end, the crowd burst into cheers. Lunar calendars of 2015, magazines of Confucius Institute in Chinese and Spanish as well as sweets were sent along the way. The viewers clapped their hands and cheered, interacting with the performers and taking photos.

Several mainstream TV channels of Valencia and Spain covered the event, including the national channel TVE, TV5, Valencia TV and UV On-line TV.

 
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