女王代表 Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex – Peter Field 接受中国学联主席杨涵采访，分享了对中国文化的理解及感受。感谢多年以来 Lord Peter Field 对中国社团活动，对CEDP 中国文化中心的大力支持。
Her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in East Sussex, the Lord-Lieutenant Peter Field, met the chair of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Yang Han, and shared his appreciation of Chinese culture with her. Yang expressed the Association’s thanks to Mr Field for the support he gives to the community activities organized by CEDP. She expressed the wish that more people could discover and experience the charm and beauty of Chinese culture, and appreciate the many similarities and differences between Chinese and British culture. She hoped that the people of Brighton and Hove could respect the differences and enjoy their life.
To celebrate the arrival of the traditional Chinese New Year on 21st January 2017, CEDP successfully staged an elaborate show showcasing the best of Eastern and Western culture, bringing a special festive atmosphere and blessings to the Chinese and British people of Brighton and Hove. The splendid gala kicked off with a Lion Dance performance with the theme of “Rooster Blessing, Happy Night”, followed by seventeen other performances by the CEDP Art Group, students of Chinese classes at CEDP, and students from the Universities of Sussex and Brighton. The performances included chorus, dance, tai chi, displays of traditional Chinese costume, stunning martial arts and Chinese folk music. The show was rounded off with the chick dance, which is very popular throughout China. The interaction with the audience brought the show to the climax, which impressed people and made them linger. The celebration was enjoyed by local dignitaries including the Lord-Lieutenant of East Sussex, the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, the Vice-Chancellors of the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, and a crowd of about one thousand. On behalf of Her Majesty, the Lord-Lieutenant delivered a festival greeting to all Chinese people in Brighton and Hove. He also praised CEDP’s sixteen-year contribution, noting that the Chinese New Year celebration organized by CEDP has become a Brighton and Hove tradition. Gao Xiang, vice chairman of the Association of Chinese University Students, gave a speech. Dr Hong Lu, chairman of CEDP, expressed her thanks to all the guests and volunteers for their support.
The CEDP Art Group performed the Lion Dance. Six lions, big and small, interacted with the audience. The amusing performance caused a roar of laughter in the audience, ending with in dance in Jiangnan style. The audience cheered!
New Year is a happy occasion, allowing all the overseas Chinese in Brighton and Hove to get together and celebrate this festival day, a blessing day to greet the arrival of spring. The Jasmine Dance performed by eight dancers expressed the hope of spring, brimming with festive atmosphere.
An excellence award winner in the National Young Singers’ Competition held by CCTV, Chen Wei, sang a song named “Wild with Joy”, her sweet voice and cheerful melody adding more festivity to this special day.
“By nature, men are close together; through practice, they get to be far apart.” The audience experienced Chinese teaching and the spirit of Chinese culture through interactive teaching on stage. The Chinese and British students joined by the Lord- and Lady-Lieutenant recited “Three Character Classic” with clear pronunciation and mellow voice, in Han costume, giving the audience a new experience.
There followed a recitation of the poem “Homesick” by Zhang Peihan. The affectionate performance brought infinite memories to the audience.
The CEDP Art Group performed a chorus “Song and Smile” conducted by Kong Lingyi. The beautiful melody and sweet song, with the audience’s help left ripples lingering in the hall.
The dance “Rattle” was performed by seven children aged from 6-8 from the CEDP Art Group, a dance set to music in a happy mood. The lovely and rich expression took us back to the sweet memories of our happy childhood.
Then followed the dance “Rouge Snow”. This graceful dance brought the audience into a dreaming world.
A follower of Chen tai chi, Yu Yiheng, impressed the audience with his deep foundation of basic skills and an excellent performance.
A teacher and a student from the University of Brighton sang a husband and wife duet named “A Couple Goes Home in Pairs”, displaying a mixture of Eastern and Western culture.
Students from the University of Sussex gave a dance performance “Fan Dance” displaying the youth invincible.
The martial art display “Glint of Cold Steel” was performed by members of the London Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine, fully displaying the essence of Chinese martial arts. Their actions were harmonious and unified, vigorous and forcible, deeply impressing the audience. The performers were all champions in national competitions, their performance demonstrated this.
The instrumental and dance performance “Fern-leaf Hedge Bamboo Under Moonlight” evoked the memory of lush fern-leaf hedge bamboo with solitary houses scattered among the bamboo trees. Near the mountain and by the river, under the moonlight, the melody of Hulusi came from the bamboo trees softly and gently.
The melody of the pipa performance “Wild Dance of the Golden Snake” flowed with enthusiasm, sonorous and forceful, pushing the festive atmosphere to a climax. The piece ended in a jubilant and boiling mood.
The instrumental performers played a beautiful ensemble “Elixir of Love” with folk instruments. The audience was immersed in a festive atmosphere of joy.
The CEDP Art Group gave a display of traditional Chinese costumes. The graceful moves showed the female figure in the most elegant and beautiful manner possible: the participation of western performers emphasised the unique charm of the traditional costumes.
The performance “Gong Fu Fan” from the London Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine displayed martial arts with a soft weapon – fans. The mixture of the forcible actions and soft fan skills fully showed the extensive and profound potential of martial arts and the versatility of the performers. The audience feasted their eyes on the wonderful performance.
The Year of the Monkey waved good-bye and was unwilling to leave, but the Year of the Rooster year was on its way. The celebration was rounded off with the Rooster Dance, popular throughout China for its rich and strong rhythms, creating a strong resonance in the audience. The entire audience rose and danced together, pushing the show to its climax. The whole celebration ended with great success. The festive decorations hanging up round the performance hall – red lanterns, Chinese knots and beautiful banners – all gave the oversea Chinese the feeling of being back home.
There were more than twenty stalls at the venue, displaying Chinese traditional food, arts and crafts, calligraphy and paintings, with experiences of Chinese calligraphy writing and learning, government services and university education consultants and so on.
After the performance, the Lord-Lieutenant gave high approval to the celebration. He said he came to the occasion every year and thoroughly enjoyed Chinese culture. He also said that he could speak a little Chinese. In addition, he said that he found both traditional and modern Chinese cultures both full of charm. He hoped that CEDP would continue to make efforts to disseminate Chinese traditional culture and promote the prosperity of Brighton and Hove.
After the show, the former mayor, the representative of the Queen, presented the certificates to the excellent sponsors and volunteers.
By Celia Liu