February 16, 2019, The Convention Centre Dublin embraced a nearly 2000 crowds for the enchanting annual Spring Festival Gala co-organized by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (UCD CII) and the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Ireland.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Vice President of UCD, Ms. Dolores O Riordan, Director of Asia Pacific Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Tim Mawe, Wicklow County Council Cathaoirleach, Mr. Pat Vance, and Chief Executive Officer at the Higher Education Authority, Mr. Paul O’Toele were among the audiences gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Supported by Overseas Chinese Associations in Ireland and Chinese Students & Scholars Association Ireland, the gala made a great success with the performances brought by the art troupes all the way from Hubei and Guizhou province. A variety of dazzling artistic performances including graceful dance, solo, duet and choral musical pieces, traditional folk music ensemble, thrilling Kung Fu, fascinating Nuo spiritual arts and acrobatics stunned all the audiences for nearly two hours.
The splendid night started with a Chorus, a well-known Chinese folk song Good Luck, performed by Irish student from Confucius Youth Choir, Clare Murray and Ciaran Mckenna, graduated students of UCD CII. Their beautifully presented song was followed by a traditional folk dance by Chinese Irish Cultural Academy of Dance. Two opening acts featuring the performers’ fluent Chinese language skills, which gave the audience a wonderful practical demonstration of the success and charm inherent in the cultural language interaction between China and Ireland. The breathtaking climax of the show was the Nuo Spiritual Arts from Guizhou Province. The performer magically lifted a rice jar with a smooth stick, united two bamboo pieces without even touching it, and cross the bridge of blade with bare feet. The mysterious show from China again marveled everyone.
Since its establishment in 2006, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland has worked hard to promote the mutual understanding between China and Ireland. The Spring Festival Gala was one of its endeavors that held for thirteen years. As one of the Institute’s best-loved and most-anticipated annual events, it offered an opportunity for Irish audiences to experience the authentic Chinese culture first-hand, and a time for Chinese audiences to enjoy the atmosphere back home.