On 15th February Aston University is holding a spectacular event in celebration of the year of the dog. The Chinese New Year celebrations will start from 12.30pm – 5pm at the Students’ Guild. The festivities will be showcasing a taste of the orient through a variety of traditional and enjoyable Chinese activities and performances.
The headline act will be the infamous lion dance (an image often associated with Chinese celebrations) and will be performed at 1 o’clock.
‘The Lion Dance is always the highlight of the event. It really brings everyone together to understand the difference in each others cultures that the students have here at Aston University’, said Nathan Shane, Vice President of Finance and Advancement.
Other impressive acts include dance pieces from the Wildcatz and Chinese hip-hop artists as well as a performance by the traditional Chinese instrument, the Gu zheng. There will also be a kung fu fighting show on stage.
The action packed afternoon will include fun activities in between shows such as a Tai Chi sword demonstration, traditional games, Chinese horoscope reading, Chinese speaking competitions, dumpling making competitions, the art of Chinese calligraphy workshops, as well as authentic cultural stalls. Professional Chinese chefs will also be cooking fresh dishes available for purchase.
The free event open to all has been jointly organised by Aston’s Chinese and Singapore societies and Aston Student’ Guild.
‘Following on from the success of last year’s Chinese New Year celebrations, both the Chinese and Singaporean societies have been working hard in conjunction with the Students' Guild to make this years event even better than last year’, said Nathan