Chinese New Year 2016
Throughout February and March, Bangor University’s Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year 2016 – the Year of the Monkey – with all sorts of exciting events in and around Bangor.
Chinese cultural workshops were delivered to 15 local school and community groups, and the Institute put on a number of hugely successful family events including a Chinese film and crafts day at Theatr Colwyn on Saturday 6 February, and a special dragon puppet workshop at Penrhyn Castle on Saturday 27 February.
The highlight of this year’s events was undoubtedly the Institute’s awe-inspiring Two Dragons Parade on Saturday 13 February; a vibrant procession through Bangor city centre, created, performed and puppeteered by schoolchildren from Ysgol Hirael. The parade was followed the same afternoon with a drop-in calligraphy workshop at the Deiniol Shopping Centre Gallery, and the New Year season drew to a close on Sunday 6 March with a second calligraphy workshop at Pontio to accompany the screening of new Mandarin language film The Assassin (12A).
The Confucius Institute continues to run regular Chinese classes with local schools including Ysgol Friars, Hirael and Our Lady’s (Bangor); Ysgol Kingsland, Holyhead and Llanbedrgoch (Anglesey); and further afield, Ysgol y Gader (Dolgellau) and Denbigh High School. Regular Mandarin classes also take place each week at Coleg Menai and, in addition, the Institute is currently running Chinese Mondays at St Mary’s Site; a special evening class for Bangor University students.
Outreach activity continues in earnest with Chinese language and culture sessions delivered to schools, community groups and individuals across the region, and there are plenty more public events to come later this year including art exhibitions, music performances and a third Kite Festival in the summer.
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Publication date: 8 March 2016