Chinese Spring Festival – UWTSD welcomes the Year of the Pig!


01.02.2019

According to Chinese mythology, the pig was the last of 12 animals to arrive at the Emperor’s great meeting. The reasons given for this vary, some saying pig was a poor swimmer and struggled to get across the river; others saying he felt peckish and stopped for a longish snack. Whatever the reason, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David is looking forward to welcoming 2019 - the last year in the Chinese 12 year cycle - with a range of events and celebrations.

Chinese New Year

The Confucius Institute at UWTSD is offering a full and exciting programme of events to mark the celebration. UWTSD’s Confucius Institute was launched in October 2007 with a mission to build bridges between Wales and China - providing a gateway to China, its education, its language and its culture.

The Confucius Institute’s aim is to enrich people’s lives by providing opportunities people of all ages to experience Chinese Culture and to learn Mandarin. The Institute actively engages with local communities as well as with academics, teachers, artists, businesses and other interested individuals.

The first major event is on Sunday 3rd February at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum. This is one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in Wales. Last year over 4,000 people visited stalls, took part in workshops and enjoyed fabulous performances by dancers and musicians from the Chinese in Wales Association, and by pupils from the Confucius Institute’s Chinese School. This year the event has even more on offer: workshops on Chinese brush painting, calligraphy, story-telling for young and old, tea ceremony, Chinese Martial Arts and much, much more. And of course, the Lion Dance will be performed to scare away the monsters from the previous year! Doors open at 11:00 am.

Before the main event kicks off, the Confucius Institute Chinese School is also holding its annual celebration and award ceremony at the Warehouse Gallery of the National Waterfront Museum. Over 50 pupils passed the Chinese Youth Test last summer and 16 pupils from the school took Chinese GCSE, passing with flying colours with grades from A* to B. The Director of Swansea Sixth Form College – administrators of the GCSE exam – will be presenting pupils with their certificates.

Chinese New Year

At the Lampeter Campus, 1822 Café will be serving Chinese food every day from 4th to 8th February at a special celebratory price of £2:00 for a main and side dish. Food is such an important part of the Spring Festival, and staff at the Confucius Institute want as many staff, students and people from the community as possible to share a taste of traditional Chinese fare. The Confucius Institute Reading Room in the library on the Lampeter campus will be live-streaming China’s most popular show – the New Year Gala live from Beijing. Join millions world-wide watching spectacular traditional and modern performances! Also during the week every lunchtime: calming tea ceremony and guqin music; blockbuster Chinese movies; mini disco with all the latest hits from China; and afternoon of board games such as Mahjong, Chinese poker, and the historical strategy game: San Guo Sha (a bit like Game of Thrones!)

UWTSD’s Swansea Business Campus is also celebrating with its own New Year Year Gala performed by students from Wuhan University of Technology and supported by staff from the Confucius Institute on Monday 4th February between 12:30 and 14:00. There will be dance performances, live music, a taste of Chinese food and workshops on Kung Fu; calligraphy; tea ceremony and paper cutting – the traditional activity for every New Year.

Confucius Institute Chinese Director, Jane Quan commented: “This is a very special time of year for us. All over China we have the great migration of people returning home to be with their families. We want to share this family unity with people here in Wales and ask them to join in our celebrations.”

For more information email Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director, Confucius Institute k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk