On Friday, the start of Chinese New Year was celebrated with a spectacular performance at Preston’s Guild Hall.Advertisement
The internationally renowned Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe entertained local school children with a two hour set of traditional Chinese song and dance.
The New Year extravaganza was organised by UCLan’s Confucius Institute and Preston’s Mayor, Councillor Veronica Afrin was present to welcome our distinguished Chinese guests.
The troupe from the city of Nanjing in the Jiangsu province of eastern China put on a fast paced show with fabulously colourful costumes and lively Chinese music, much to the delight of a packed auditorium of appreciative school children in the Guild Hall’s Charter Theatre.
All the numbers in the show were performed to an extremely high standard and the performers pride in showcasing their traditions and culture was immediately evident.
At the close of the performance local school children were invited up on stage where mementos of the visit were exchanged and souvenir photographs taken. Thanks to the efforts of UCLan’s Confucius Institute a great time was had by all and the whole event was a triumph of cross cultural cooperation and celebration.
It only remains for me to say Gong Hey Fat Choy and Xin Nian Kuai Le to all our Chinese friends, and may the year of the horse bring you good luck and good fortune.
See more pictures from the event on Flickr.