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Author: Helen Guo

2nd February, Saturday. The CEDP Chinese centre held the 19th Chinese New Year Celebration for the public. This year’s event was a huge success which included the first China Business Forum jointly run by Brighton and Hove City Council, the CEDP Chinese Centre and the Confucius Institute for Business London LSE, on doing business with china, the opportunities and the challenges. The panel attracted a full room of audience who had a chance of voicing their questions towards the panel. The business forum panel, led by Brighton and Hove City Council chief executive, Geoff Raw, was joined by,
• Mr. John McLean OBE.
• Associate director of economy and business development for East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, Mr. Max Woodford.
• Strategic Director of Moot Macdonald Consultancy company, Dr Aijuan Wang.
• From Oban International, Mr. Xabi Izaguirre.
Special thanks to the participation of deputy Lord Lieutenant, Tim Cobb and the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, councillor Dee Simson.

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The event was joined by 23 local and national organisations which attracted the attendance of 2236 people who came to celebrate together and welcome the year of the pig, throughout the entirety of the event from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Visitors enjoyed spectacular shows including lion dances, singing and dancing, Chinese instruments including the Erhu and the bamboo flute, and Kungfu performances by the University of Sussex and Brighton, Brighton college, Hove college and Hove Park schools, Woodingdean primary school and the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese medicine at South Bank University. Performers displayed their outstanding talents and passion for Chinese culture. Visitors enjoyed traditional Chinese New Year food by the food stalls present at the event, including traditional new year’s food, dumplings and Baozi. Stalls were also set up by the Sussex Police and Sussex interpreting services to interact with the local community.

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CEDP Chinese centre has provided a great platform to bring lots of business together and to offer a platform for volunteers to contribute their skills and resources to the city of London by the sea — Brighton and Hove. We welcome everyone to join the year of the rat on 25 Jan 2020, Saturday. Happy Chinese New Year!!

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