CELEBRATING CHINESE CULTURE
Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) recently collaborated with the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to present the Chinese Spring Festival.
Hosted by the Translation and Interpreting Institute (TII) within HKBU 's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, which currently offers classes in Mandarin Chinese among a wide range of community-focused language programmes, the event was attended by the ambassador of the People 's Republic of China to the State of Qatar, His Excellency Li Chen, and the founding dean of HBKU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Amal Al Malki. The evening's entertainment included performances by an artistic troupe and marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year, which this year has been designated as the Year of the Fire Rooster. A crowd that included members of the local and Chinese community in Qatar filled the HBKU Student Center cinema and was treated to a range of colourful live performances by Chinese singers, instrumentalists, and dancers. Traditional and contemporary Chinese music accompanied most of the performances, with one song performed in Arabic, to the delight of the audience.