February 5, 2016, by Jason Feehily
Wonderful Chinese New Year celebrations
On Sunday, I attended a Chinese New Year celebration at Nottingham Lakeside. It was a wonderful family affair and was filmed by CCTV for broadcast on the English language channel over New Year celebrations. Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway gave an interview to CCTV and wished everyone a ‘Happy New Year.’
The event was a mixture of lion dances, young dancers from the Nottingham Chinese school performing traditional dances and an erhu recital. The lion dance was really impressive and set the tone for the event. It was great to see the dancers enjoy the performance so much. Run Tao, who has been visiting Nottingham for a Residence for a number of years, produced a piece of modern dance performed
by students from New College Nottingham.
Under the tutelage of the fantastic Ling Peng a young performer performed a duet on the Chinese Erhu. We all marvelled at the skill of such a young performer.
The formal event concluded with a dragon dance which processed, followed by Robin Hood, representatives of the University, City Council and the audience across to where we could eat dumplings, drink some excellent tea and the children could do some traditional Chinese paper cutting.
Nottingham has a very vibrant Chinese community both student and resident. However, we also have a community of non-Chinese who are really interested in Chinese culture and delighted to share in the New Year Celebrations with our Chinese friends.
May I wish you all a Happy New Year- Xīn nián kuàilè