Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Year of the Snake Chinese Arts Festival Was A Delightful Success

We hosted a Chinese Arts Festival at Unity Theatre on 1st and 2nd March 2013 with 2-night shows 'Lady White Snake' with Chinese tea tasting on the night of 1st March and taster sessions in various Chinese cultural activities on the afternoon of 2nd March. 

We had 170 audience attending the shows and 100 people taking part in the Chinese tea tasting on the evening of 1st March and the taster sessions in various activities on the afternoon of 2nd March. 

We had Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Gary Millar's generous support to open the festival for us. 

Lady White Snake Shows:
Audience rated the show 4.5 star and gave very positive feedback. 

With Deputy Lord Mayor and Young Lord Mayor


Videos for the performances: 

Highlights for the 1st Half: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMUfaCatqcc&feature=youtu.be

Highlights for 2nd Half (Lady White Snake Dance Theatre piece): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kbDua8OoCs&feature=youtu.be  

Full videos: 

Traditional Han Tang Dance:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84urKcW-gJc

Lady White Snake Poetry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M53vaYQok9g

Dance Theatre piece: http://youtu.be/GTzuH4pde2Q

Taster Sessions: 
We delivered taster sessions in Chinese dance, storytelling, Martial Arts, Calligraphy, Painting & Mask Making. We had about 50 people with ages spanning from 4 to 70 and various ethnicities and abilities taking part in. It was fun and informative day. We also had an exhibition of Ali Harwood's paintings

Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151340240063339.1073741827.49603953338&type=3

Feedback: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151342732508339.1073741829.49603953338&type=1

We also delivered a number of outreach performances and workshops in various community settings including Tuebrook Children Centre (200 people), The Blackie (500), Flaxman Court Sheltered Housing (20), Anfield Youth Club (60), Amandudu Domestic Violence Victimes Centre (10), St Cyril's Youth & Children Projects (10), Wirral Chinese Women's Association Celebration at Liverpool Chung Ku Chinese Restaurant and Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral (200). We reached about 1000 people. We had overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants and organisers. For photos and feedback please check here

Flaxman Court LMH 

                                                             Flaxman Court LMH 

Anfield Youth Club/Community Sports Centre

The Blackie

Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral

Press Coverage:
This event featured in many local, national and international press including China DailyLiverpool ECHOLiverpool Confidential, My Asian PlanetBay TVOpen Culture, Nee Hao, SEN, Madeup TV, Visit Liverpool, LCVS, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Great Manchester. 

Review: http://www.myasianplanet.com/culture/chinese-arts-festival-captures-the-beauty-of-the-east-at-unity-theatre/
Many thanks to our funders Arts Council England, Liverpool PCT, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Merseyside Police Authority and Liverpool Confucius Institute, parters Unity Theatre and Windows Project, support in kind from the Blackie, MDI, LIC Studio, View 2 Gallery, Hondu Chinese Supermarket and all the media and organisation mentioned above who helped publicise the event, all the artists and people involved and audience to make this project possible

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