18 February 2013
Preston welcomed in the Chinese New Year in style thanks to a cultural showcase organised by the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Confucius Institute.
Chinese song and dance topped the bill as a full house at Preston’s Charter Theatre enjoyed a small slice of China right in the heart of the city.
The Chengdu Arts Troupe flew halfway around the world to entertain the while the crowds and celebrate the Year of the Snake. Also on the bill was traditional music and dance of the Qiang, Yi and Tibetan ethnic groups, Sichuan opera, acrobatic power lifting and Chinese face changing.
“The acrobats and the mask changing were certainly the highlights of the show”
Feixia Yu, Director of the UCLan Confucius Institute, said: “The acrobats and the mask changing were certainly the highlights of the show. Many members of the audience were amazed with the speed of the changes and were desperate to find out how it was done. However, this was one secret that will remain untold.
“The comedic kung fu performance by four UCLan students provided the audience with unexpected humour, making UCLan Confucius Institute most proud.
“This has sparked an interest in kung fu, and so we are going to launch a tai chi sword class at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre from 20 February.
“The performance finale made full use of beautiful colourful costume as the troupe gave an encore of their Beijing 2008 Olympic performance, this time singing the enchanting Tibetan blessing for the people of Preston.”