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Chinese New Year celebrated with Wales’ largest festival of Chinese Culture

23 January 2009

A colourful showcase of dance, music, fashion and calligraphy from China will usher in the Chinese New Year in Cardiff next week.

Cardiff University and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales have joined forces to host the Chinese New Year Arts and Culture Festival from January 29-31.

The Festival - the largest of its kind in Wales - will be launched by the Lord Mayor on Thursday 29. Throughout the three days there will be an exhibition of Chinese art and a number of public workshops including Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Instruments, Chinese Handicraft and the traditions of Beijing Opera. The instruments being demonstrated will be the guzheng, a traditional string instrument resembling a zither and the erhu, a two-stringed instrument played with a bow. Beijing Opera is a form of traditional Chinese theatre involving music, dance, mime, acrobatics and highly symbolic face painting.

The Festival highlight will be the Annual Chinese New Year Gala which takes place at 8pm on Thursday 29 in the Museum’s Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre. The acts will represent various different aspects of contemporary and traditional China and will include music, dance, song and a Chinese Fashion Show.

School groups will be taking part in the workshops with Cardiff University Chinese students on Thursday and Friday while Saturday will be a family fun day. There will also be a Chinese film night at Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning on Friday evening.

The three-day programme has been organised by Cardiff University Chinese Students Association and Cardiff Confucius Institute, based at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, which promotes Chinese language and culture across Wales.

Further details of the Festival can be obtained from the Cardiff Confucius Institute at or by contacting 02920 875234. Ticket information and programme information can be found on the Chinese Students Association website or on the museum’s website on

The Festival is overseen by Professor Siyi Fu, Academic Director of the Cardiff Confucius Institute. Professor Fu has just received an ‘Individual Performance Excellence Award’ for outstanding personal achievement for her work promoting Chinese culture at the International Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing.

Professor Fu said: "Wales’ largest Chinese Festival will be an energetic display from traditional and modern China. It will be a fascinating and fun introduction for anyone wanting to find out more about Chinese culture."


Notes to editors

Cardiff University

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Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, providing 700 courses in more than 100 venues across South East Wales. The Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning provides part time education for adults in 12 of the 22 unitary authorities in Wales, covering an area of population of more than one and a half million. It also offers professional development courses for local employers, many of which are custom made to suit an individual company’s needs.

For further information, or to arrange to cover the Festival, please contact:

Stephen Rouse,
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University.

Tel: 029 2087 5596