Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) at London South Bank University continued its Chinese New Year Roadshow after the half-term holiday. On 26th February CITCM Performance Troupe went to St Joseph’s College (SJC) to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the students and teachers there. Over 150 audience enjoyed the show.
The CITCM performers are teachers and volunteer teachers professionally trained in China in the fields of martial arts, dancing and traditional Chinese music. They presented excellent performances. The martial artists’ performances of the long fist, weapons and taiji fan were most popular with the male students of SJC and aroused waves of applause from the audience. The dance performances including classical and folk dances amazed the audience. A wonderful addition to the show was a traditional Chinese musical instrument (Erhu) as well as a folk song by CITCM’s talented musician. Some lucky students were selected to learn the long fist and folk dance movements in the interaction session.
The forty-five minutes show not only showcased professional performances but also strengthened the audience’s understanding of the Chinese culture and language. The show came to an end in the exchange of best wishes among the performers and the audience.
Mr Dwyer, deputy head teacher of St Joseph’s College, accepted the CITCM’s Chinese New Year present — Hanban Chinese Culture Resource Pack. St Joseph’s College Confucius Classroom is one the 9 CITCM’s CI classrooms. SJC CI Classroom teaches Mandarin Chinese to a large number of students and their test results are excellent. SJC CI Classroom has been working closely with CITCM in promoting the Chinese teaching and Chinese culture. This year SJC organised 4 days of shows to other associate schools to provide opportunities for more students to learn about Chinese culture.