Eastern prom­ise ful­filled

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PER­FORM­ERS from China put on a stun­ning show of mu­sic and dance for an en­thralled au­di­ence at Holy­head’s Uchel­dre Cen­tre last week.

The Chongqing Per­for­mance Com­pany trav­elled to North Wales at the in­vi­ta­tion of Ban­gor Univer­sity’s Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute.

More than 140 peo­ple were treated to mag­i­cal per­for­mances of Chi­nese mu­sic on the guqin and erhu, folk dances in­clud­ing a rare per­for­mance of the fa­mous face-chang­ing Sichuan Opera, as well as craft demon­stra­tions in syrup draw­ing and dough fig­urines through­out the af­ter­noon. There was also an ex­hi­bi­tion of Chi­nese art.

Es­tab­lished 2011, the award-win­ning Chongqing Per­for­mance Com­pany has per­formed around the world, bring­ing the cul­tural tra­di­tions of Chongqing to Europe, the US, Africa and Ja­pan, with its unique blend of mu­sic, dance and ac­ro­bat­ics.

Mike Gould, Director of the Uchel­dre Cen­tre, com­mented: “We have been de­lighted to host this fan­tas­tic event, which in has brought to­gether so many peo­ple from across the lo­cal com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate di­ver­sity and cul­ture.

“The links be­tween Wales and Chongqing con­tinue to grow and we are proud to have con­trib­uted to that as­pect of re­gional de­vel­op­ment in part- ner­ship with the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute.

“Hope­fully the per­for­mances will in­spire some of our au­di­ence to join the new Man­darin classes we will be host­ing in the New Year. If Chongqing’s tal­ented per­form­ers re­turn to Holy­head, we will be able to greet them prop­erly!”

The per­for­mance at Uchel­dre builds on Wales’ al­ready close re­la­tion­ship with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Chongqing, which was first for­malised in 2008 in a part­ner­ship agree­ment by Wales’ then First Min- is­ter Rho­dri Mor­gan. A fur­ther agree­ment to reaf­firm the re­la­tion­ship was later signed by First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones dur­ing his visit to Chongqing in Oc­to­ber 2011 and, most re­cently, the re­gion was vis­ited in Fe­bru­ary this year by a Welsh trade mis­sion headed by Ken Skates AM, Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for Econ­omy and In­fra­struc­ture.

More in­for­ma­tion about the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute’s events at www.ban­gor.ac.uk/con­fu­ciusin­sti­tute. See www.uchel­dre. org for up­dates on Uchel­dre’s new Man­darin classes.

The Chongqing Per­for­mance Com­pany at Holy­head’s Uchel­dre Cen­tre

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