A world-renowned children’s entertainment troupe was the highlight of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Confucius Institute Chinese New Year celebrations.
The colourful Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe of China performed 12 different pieces of work to a packed Preston Charter Theatre on Friday. They showcased their choreography and singing skills, played traditional Chinese musical instruments, performed opera songs and acted. Five students off UCLan’s dancing course also performed two dances of their own choreography.
The Mayor of Preston Veronica Afrin and children from St Mary’s and St Benedict’s RC Primary School, Cottam Primary School, Withnell Fold Primary School and Lordsgate Township CE Primary School were among the mesmerised crowd.
“We were delighted to have the Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe of China as our performers for our New Year celebrations."
Members of the spectacular performance troupe are all aged between 9 and 12. They spend four hours a day training alongside completing a full morning of school work.
Feixia Yu, Director of UCLan’s Confucius Institute, said: “We were delighted to have the Nanjing Little Red Flower Art Troupe of China as our performers for our New Year celebrations.
“The routine was fantastic and we were delighted that so many schoolchildren from around the Preston area came to see these internationally renowned young performers. It was such a fabulous showcase and it was lovely that two former UCLan Confucius Institute students came back to Preston to be the hosts of the show.”