UWE is sponsoring this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations at two of Bristol’s flagship museums. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed are working with local people to put on an action-packed weekend programme of events to welcome the Year of the Snake on 9 and 10 February.
The event will bring together groups, organisations and individuals from in and around Bristol to showcase aspects of Chinese culture. Activities on offer include spectacular lion dance performances, traditional Chinese dances, martial arts performances, dragon boats, family trails, singing, arts and craft activities and much more. The programme is also supported by the Bristol China Partnership and the University of Bristol.
One of the year’s highlights will be performances from indie rock band, Transition, a Bristol band which is causing a sensation in the Far East since they left three years ago to make a permanent home in Taiwan. In that time, they have mastered Mandarin, have toured extensively in Asia and were even commissioned to write, record and perform the official song for the Taiwanese Olympic team for the London 2012 Games.
Last year’s events attracted over 18,000 visitors and the organisers are planning to break that record this year. UWE is also putting on its own celebrations to celebrate the Chinese and Lunar New Year.
Steph Champion of UWE’s Global Support Team said, “We have arranged an exciting event as part of our One World Fiesta week at the Zen restaurant in Bristol’s harbourside with student performances and traditional music as well as a DJ playing Asian popular music.”
The UWE Vietnamese Society also organised a party to celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, including traditional food, music and dancing. The Year of the Snake starts on 10 February and continues until 30 January 2014. Those born in the Year of the Snake are considered to be powerful and ambitious.