Dot­ting of the Eyes

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The Open­ing Cer­e­mony at 10am will com­mence with the tra­di­tional ‘Dot­ting of the Eyes’ of the dragon by dig­ni­taries the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and the Con­sul-Gen­eral of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in Auck­land – on the broad­walk in front of the main en­try to Hall 3.

The dragon dancers will then lead the of­fi­cial party into Hall 3 to the cul­tural con­cert stage where the for­mal speeches and spon­sors’ pre­sen­ta­tions will take place.

Fol­low­ing on the in­door stage, the first fea­ture per­for­mance is by an ac­ro­batic troupe from China brought to New Zealand by the Paul Young In­ter­na­tional Group. Their ap­pear­ance at this year’s fes­ti­val will be the group’s New Zealand pre­miere, af­ter which they’ll be based in Hamil­ton for the next two years and be fea­tured in cir­cuses and fes­ti­vals through­out New Zealand.

The sec­ond fea­ture per­for­mance is a Bian­lian act (lit­er­ally ‘Chang­ing Face’) which is a tra­di­tional Chi­nese art from Sichuan opera. Bian­lian per­form­ers wear dif­fer­ently coloured masks that they can change in a frac­tion of a sec­ond, al­low­ing for a sud­den change of fa­cial ex­pres­sion. Bian­lian is a highly es­o­teric se­cret that is un­der pro­tec­tion by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

The re­main­der of the four hours of al­most con­tin­u­ous tra­di­tional Chi­nese en­ter­tain­ment has be­ing or­gan­ised by Pre­ston Zhang, Pres­i­dent of the Asia Pa­cific Cul­ture Con­nec­tion Cen­tre, util­is­ing the amaz­ing ex­per­tise of many lo­cally based artists. The wide va­ri­ety of items will in­clude group folk dancers, lion dancers, Chi­nese mu­si­cal in­stru­ments play­ers, opera and clas­si­cal singers and a fash­ion show.

Out­side on the front board­walk there will be a full pro­gramme of en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing young tal­ented Chi­nese and non-stop ac­tion. Be­sides Chi­nese singers per­form­ing a range of mod­ern songs in English and Man­darin, there will be baby lion and dragon dances by young­sters from four years of age up­wards and also demon­stra­tions of tai chi, kung fu, taek­won-do, aikido and iai-do.

Stu­dents will also show a range of clever tricks with di­abolo, the street game that has taken Asian youth by storm.

The out­door en­ter­tain­ment will con­clude with rous­ing pop mu­sic from the Tiny Tem­plates band.

In be­tween items, kids can use up their ex­cess en­ergy in the bouncy cas­tle and many other amuse­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

This Fes­ti­val and Mar­ket Day to bring in the Year of the Sheep will be an ex­cit­ing and fun-filled day for young and old – an event not to be missed!

NZ de­but: The spe­cial troupe of per­form­ers vis­it­ing from China is a first for New Zealand.

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