Old tale fo­cus of Liver­pool New Year

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By XIN­HUA in Liver­pool

Europe’s old­est Chi­na­town is to stage its big­gest-ever Chi­nese Lu­nar New Year cel­e­bra­tions cen­ter­ing around the myth of a bird try­ing to fill in the ocean, or­ga­niz­ers an­nounced Mon­day. Liver­pool’s Chi­na­town will cel­e­brate the Lu­nar New Year, which falls on Jan 28, with spec­tac­u­lar pro­jec­tions telling the story of Jing­wei and the Ocean.

Light­ing up the city’s land­mark tra­di­tional Chi­nese arch­way and nearby build­ings, the beau­ti­ful lu­miere cre­ations are based on the myth of a daugh­ter of China’s ear­li­est tribal leader, who, af­ter drown­ing at sea, be­came a bird and en­deav­ored to fill in the ocean with twigs and stones to pre­vent any­one else from drown­ing.

The story has been adapted to show­case how Chi­na­towns in Liver­pool and other parts of the world have de­vel­oped from the seeds sown and the peb­bles laid by the ear­li­est Chi­nese set­tlers, and how these small pock­ets of land de­vel­oped into vi­brant and di­verse com­mu­ni­ties, said a spokesman for the Liver­pool City Coun­cil.

Dig­i­tal tech com­pany Il­lu­mi­nos is be­hind the lu­miere cre­ations.

“It’s been a fas­ci­nat­ing project, work­ing to weave to­geth­er­many cel­e­bra­tory el­e­ments of the Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Liver­pool into a light and sound spec­ta­cle. There’s a real pas­sion from them in shar­ing their sto­ries and tra­di­tions and the pro­jec­tions will hope­fully make this hap­pen in a way that is to­tally new,” said Il­lu­mi­nos artist Rob Vale.

“The piece will be a re­ally ex­cit­ing mix of el­e­ments, play­ing with as­pects of tra­di­tional Chi­nese shadow pup­petry, mixed with spe­cially-filmed char­ac­ters from the Chi­nese com­mu­nity, and blended with won­der­ful mu­sic from the Liver­pool Pagoda Youth Or­ches­tra.”

The sound­track to the show is com­mis­sioned piece by Jah Wob­ble with mem­bers of the Pagoda Youth Or­ches­tra per­form­ing on the track.

“Chi­nese New Year in Liver­pool will be ex­tra spe­cial as we are not only try­ing some­thing new, but the cel­e­bra­tions are also ex­tended,” said As­sis­tant Mayor Wendy Si­mon. “Work­ing with Il­lu­mi­nos gives us the op­por­tu­nity to tell the story of our Chi­nese com­mu­nity in an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial way. It will make it an un­for­get­table Chi­nese Year of the Rooster cel­e­bra­tion.”

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