2018 Chinese Spring Festival Gala Ireland, co-organised by the Embassy of People’s Republic of China to Ireland and UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, was held in the Convention Centre Dublin on February 16th, the Chinese New Year’s Day.
The spectacular gala drew nearly 2,000 audiences, including the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Minister of State, Andrew Doyle TD and Lord Mayor’s representative, Cllr. Paddy McCartan, Ambassador of Malaysia to Ireland,H.E. Anizan Siti Hajjan Adnin, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Ireland, H.E. Levent Murat Burhan, Ambassador of Brazil to Ireland, H.E. Mrs Eliana Zugaib, together with other distinguished guests.
The gala is supported by the Culture Department of Henan Provence, Overseas Chinese Associations in Ireland and the Chinese Students & Scholars Association Ireland. It lasted two hours, featuring a perfect combination between traditional Chinese dancing and Kungfu stunts. The Arts Troupe came all the way from Henan Province to Dublin, bringing the true Chinese New Year atmosphere as well as best wishes from China to Ireland.
The gala was opened with a chorus entitled Spring Dawn (from an ancient poem), performed by the UCD Confucius Institute Youth Choir. This was followed by the Latin Dance Dynamites acted by Kerry Sui and Francis Carty, the Blackpool dance festival champions. The audiences was deeply impressed by the Chinese girl Kerry Sui and her partner Francis Carty’s outstanding performance of ballroom dancing. Girls from Chinese Irish Cultural Academy of Dance performed a Dance Charm of Spring Blossom, demonstrating the beauty of spring through lovely and elegant movements with umbrellas and fans.
The above supporting acts was followed by professional acts from Henan Arts Troupe. 10 performances including dance, martial arts provided audiences with a truly cultural feast. This year’s gala was featured by Chinese martial arts with 4 Kong Fu shows: Shaolin Fist Kungfu, Break the Mountain Gate, Kungfu Stunts and The Spirit of Shaolin. The audiences were shocked by authentic Chinese martial arts. The stunning demonstration of Qi by Shaolin monks brought the gala to the climax. Apart from wonderful Chinese Kong Fu, the audiences were presented with graceful and touching dances such as Be Full of Joy, Beautiful Scenery, Pas de deux Alpine Running Water, Swan, The Rhythm of China, featuring Chinese arts like Beijing Opera and ethnic music.
The Spring Festival Gala Ireland has been organized by UCD Confucius Institute over the past twelve years. It has become the most popular and the biggest ceremonial event for Chinese New Year in Ireland. The Gala is not only aimed to promote colourful and diversified Chinese culture, but also enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between Irish and Chinese people.