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Chinese New Year celebrations herald the Year of the Snake

Posted on 7 February 2013

York's Chinese students are inviting the local community to share an evening of spectacle, dance and music as they celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Traditional dance at last year's Chinese New Year Gala

Held on 16 February at the University of York, the colourful Chinese New Year Gala, involving 1,200 people, also forms part of the University’s calendar of 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Highlights of the event, which heralds the Year of the Snake, include a Chinese Kung-fu show with drums and waving flags, singing, a fashion parade, drama and a traditional Chinese dance.

The gala aims to help the whole community understand more about traditional Chinese culture, as well as helping make overseas Chinese students feel at home.

Tuyuan Cheng, Acting President of the York Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), said: “This will be our biggest event ever, involving Chinese, international and UK students, and promises to provide a spectacular evening of song, dance and drama.

“We think this year’s event - our birthday present to the University of York - will provide a fantastic opportunity for the whole student and wider York communities to learn more about traditional Chinese culture.”

This will be our biggest event ever, involving Chinese, international and UK students, and promises to provide a spectacular evening of song, dance and drama

Tuyuan Cheng

York CSSA has organised the gala in partnership with the University of York’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and International Students’ Association (ISA), and the University of York Students’ Association (YUSU).

The first part of the gala will feature a performance competition between the University of York’s colleges. The second half of the programme will be a cultural show provided by York CSSA and other groups and societies such as the York Hong Kong Society, the Manchester CSSA and York St John University.

Special guests at the event will include Consul Fu Hengsheng and Wu Zhaosheng from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Manchester, and members of the University of York’s senior management team including the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Jane Grenville.

The Chinese New Year Gala will be held at Central Hall, University of York, on 16 February at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 (£5 for students) and are available from various locations across campus as well as online at www.yusu.org/shop/ticket/4346 or www.yorkgsa.org/site/events/event/1614/. For further information visit www.facebook.com/2013SnakeChineseGala or email yz1386@york.ac.uk

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