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Year of the Rabbit Launches

04 February 2011

Spectacular Chinese New Year gala

The University’s Chinese students have got the Year of the Rabbit under way with a spectacular celebration of Chinese dance, music and song.

Cardiff University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) presented the celebratory Gala at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

The event featured folk dances, traditional Chinese instruments, Chinese jazz and a martial arts display. Local children from the Cardiff Chinese School, Lansdowne Primary School and Oakfield Primary School also performed.

Chinese New Year gala

The Gala, organised in association with the Cardiff Confucius Institute was attended by Counsellor Minister Mr Fenghe Qiao of the Chinese Embassy. The Institute, based at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, teaches Chinese language and culture to local business people and others wishing to know about China.

The Gala was part of a series of events involving the Confucius Institute and the National Museum to mark the New Year. The Institute also supported the Museum’s exhibition of ancient Chinese rock carvings from the Dazu World Heritage site near Chongqing. The Institute, the Museum and the CSSA will be holding a Chinese Family Fun Weekend on February 19-20. Workshops will introduce different aspects of Chinese culture to children and their families.

Counsellor Minister Mr Fenghe Qiao of the Chinese EmbassyCounsellor Minister Mr Fenghe Qiao of the Chinese Embassy

Dr Richard Evans, Dean of Lifelong Learning and joint Director of the Cardiff Confucius Institute, said: "The University’s Chinese students put on a spectacular show last night, which the Cardiff audience thoroughly enjoyed. The Institute is thrilled to be working with Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the National Museum on this series of New Year events, showcasing many aspects of China’s culture to a wider Welsh audience."

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