Confucius Institute at University of Saskatchewan and Association of Saskatoon Chinese Societies Jointly Hold 2019 Saskatoon Spring Festival Celebration

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Saskatchewan, Canada [Time]    2019-03-14 08:55:21 
 

On February 16th, local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, and the Association of Saskatoon Chinese Societies jointly held the 2019 Saskatoon Spring Festival Gala. Sheri Benson, Member of Canadian Parliament, David Buckingham, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Randy Donauer, City Councilor and Rotating Deputy Mayor of Saskatoon, Anthony Vannelli, Provost and Vice Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan, and Lu Xu, Chinese Consul General in Calgary, attended the celebration. Thousands of people watched the performances.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Scott Moe, Governor of Saskatchewan, Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon and other members of the government sent their congratulatory messages extending their New Year wishes to all Chinese in Saskatoon.

In her speech, Lu Xu appreciated the people in the local Chinese Community for their contributions that promoted multi-cultural development and increased the vitality of the city, and affirmed their efforts in the process of inheriting and spreading Chinese traditional culture and introducing modern China. Additionally, he expected that the Chinese Community would continue playing a more positive role in this respect.


Lu Xu delivering a speech

Sheri Benson expressed her appreciation of the work in this celebration jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan and the Association of Saskatoon Chinese Societies. She also wished all Chinese in Saskatoon safeness and health, good luck and family happiness in the year to come.


Sheri Benson delivering a speech

David Buckingham said, the Chinese New Year Celebration would be conductive to enhancing local people’s comprehension and experience of Chinese culture.


David Buckingham delivering a speech

In his speech, Randy Donauer said Saskatoon is a city which respects different cultures and nationalities. The development of Chinese culture there would contribute to the cultural diversity in Saskatoon.


Randy Donauer delivering a speech

Anthony Vannelli gave the Confucius Institute credit for its positive influence in promoting cultural diversity in University of Saskatchewan.


Anthony Vannelli delivering a speech

There were various performances in the celebration which presented the essence of Chinese traditional culture, including lion dance, dancing, martial arts, Peking Opera and face-changing. With the powerful sound of gong and drum, the lion team of the Confucius Institute of University of Saskatchewan entertained the audience with a refreshing opening performance “Drunken Lion Dance” rendering group lion dance and drunken lion dance together. The dancing team of the Confucius Institute performed the traditional folk dance “Mei Luo Zi” with lively rhythm and grace, which amazed the audience.


“Drunken Lion Dance”


“Mei Luo Zi”

The dances “Rejoicing in the New Year”, “Flower Playing”, “Thriving Happy Days” performed by Saskatchewan Dancing School showed the happy and lively atmosphere of Chinese traditional festival. The Chinese boxing, fencing and Tai Chi performed by Saskatoon school of martial arts presented the essence of traditional Chinese martial arts vividly. In addition, Jiang Jin, an actor of Sichuan Opera Troupe, was invited to perform the Chinese cudgel play “Monkey King: Hero is Back”, face-changing and conjuring. Lin Feng, a Chinese violin master, presented fancy violin performance upon invitation. Their emotional performances and joyful interactions with the audience brought the festive atmosphere to its climax.


“Rejoicing in the New Year”


Martial arts performance


Face-changing


Fancy violin play

The performance brought a feast of Chinese arts to the local people and played a positive role in promoting Chinese culture and cultural communication between China and Canada.