Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London Holds Joyous Lunar New Year Celebrations
From Feb.1st to 7th local time, the Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London held a range of Lunar New Year celebrations, including Spring Festival Gala, temple fair on Spring Festival cultures, and cultural experience activities for the upcoming Lantern Festival, which attracted many local people.
The Confucius Institute at Goldsmiths held the 2017 Year of Rooster Spring Festival Gala on the first day of the celebrations. Patrick Loughrey, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London, Wang Yongli, Minister Counsellor of the Education Section of Chinese Embassy in the UK, other guests from all walks of life as well as more than 200 local people attended the gala.
Wang Yongli delivering a speech
Patrick Loughrey and Wang Yongli awarding outstanding volunteer teachers of the Confucius Institute
Counsellor Wang spoke highly of the achievements that the Confucius Institute at Goldsmiths made in the past year, and expressed his gratitude to the staff for their hard work. He expected the Confucius Institute to continue to make more contributions to the Sino-British cultural exchanges in the new year. Afterwards, he and Warden Loughrey awarded outstanding volunteer teachers of the Confucius Institute.
Lion dance New Spring in Drum Rhythms
Ensemble of traditional Chinese musical instruments Perfect Happiness
Arts teachers of the Confucius Institute staged wonderful performances such as lion dance The Drum of Spring, ensemble of traditional Chinese musical instruments Perfect Happiness, dance Hua Yao Hua, and martial arts Rise upon the Crow of the Rooster, which demonstrated the excellent and professional performance standard of this Confucius Institute specializing in arts. Moreover, the yangko dance and martial arts performed by elementary school students received warm applause from the audience.
Modern tai chi fan dance Choose Your Own Way
Folk dance Hua Yao Hua
Meanwhile, both before and after the performance, audiences were able to experience more colorful and unique Chinese cultures through booths of calligraphy, Chinese character riddles, Han clothing and so on set by the Confucius Institute in the cultural experience zone.
Elementary school students from the Confucius Classroom performing Joy of Yangko
The temple fair on Spring Festival cultures was jointly hosted at the House of Phoenix in London by the Confucius Institute at Goldsmiths and the Phoenix Publishing & Media International Corporation Ltd. Teachers of the Confucius Institute gave brilliant art performances and held workshops on calligraphy, music, martial arts and folk dance for over 100 overseas Chinese and local people.
On the last day of the celebrations, the Confucius Institute at Goldsmiths and its Students Recruitment Department co-hosted cultural experience activities for the upcoming Lantern Festival. Teachers of the Confucius Institute set up several booths to exhibit Chinese calligraphy, paper cuttings, music, etc. They presented art performances involving folk music, dance and martial arts, and made dumplings with overseas Chinese students, local students and staff of Goldsmiths to celebrate the Spring Festival and welcome the Lantern Festival.
The Lunar New Year celebrations held by the Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London highlighted the charm of Chinese performing arts. It also raised the Confucius Institute’s prestige, expanded the influence of the Chinese language and culture, and was highly appreciated by the guests and public.