Dragonboat Performance Festival 端午節慶祝 2022

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Chinese Association of Southampton is in partnership with Red Dragonfly Productions to host the Dragonboat Performance Festival at Southampton Guildhall Square from Friday 10/6 to Sunday 12/6. Shows and activities inside our pop-up Rotunda Theatre are free. However, the number of seats inside the Rotunda Theatre is limited. First priority will be given to participants who have booked their tickets using eventbrite.

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Friday 10/6/2022: booking for free shows at Eventbrite

  • 6pm – Dragon Dance and Dragonboat Dance by Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS)
  • 6:15pm – Speeches by VIPs
  • 6:30pm – Chinese Gu-Zheng music performance by Wang Jingyi & Joylin Chang
  • 6:45pm Cantonese Golden Oldies by Chinese Association of Southampton
  • 7pm – Sneak peek of The Ballad of Mulan by Red Dragonfly Productions
  • 7:05pm – Line Dancing by Chinese Association of Southampton

Saturday 11/6/2022: booking for free shows at Eventbrite

  • 12pm – Dragonboat Dance, Martial Arts Display and Chinese Dances by Chinese Association of Southampton and Wutan Kungfu School: free
  • 1:15pm – Cantonese Golden Oldies by Chinese Association of Southampton: free
  • 2pm – Chinese musical instruments (Chinese Flute, Gu-Qin & Gu-Zheng) by Chinese Association of Southampton: free
  • 3pm – South Asian dance and songs by Art Asia: free
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm – Play reading performance of a new play ‘What’s Best for Jada’ by new British-Chinese playwright Alex Blanc at MAST Studios Homegrown Performance. £5 Tickets available here.
  • 4:30pm – Fan Dancing as well as Tai Chi and Tai Chi Fan demonstrations by members and friends of Chinese Association of Southampton: free

Sunday 12/6/2022: booking for free shows at Eventbrite

  • 12pm – Dragonboat Dance by Chinese Association of Southampton: free
  • 12:30pm – Modern musical instruments performance by Kora and Peter Skuce: free
  • 1pm – Chinese musical instruments and dances by Chinese Arts Southampton: free
  • 1:30pm – Bollywood Beats by Eastleigh and Southampton Asian Community (ESAC): free
  • 2pm – Chinese and Indian Dances by Portsmouth Chinese Association and ESAC: free
  • 3:30pm – A special theatre performance of ‘The Ballad of Mulan’, based on the legendary Chinese warrior who inspired Disney’s films at MAST Mayflower Studios. Tickets available here.
  • 4:50pm – Line Dancing by Chinese Association of Southampton: free

You are also encouraged to join two accompany shows inside the MAST Studios:

  1. Saturday 11 June 3:30pm (1 hour) at MAST Studio 2 (Tickets £5)
    Taking Flight presents ‘What’s Best For Jada’ by Alex Blanc

    Red Dragonfly Productions is proud to present the rehearsed reading of ‘Taking Flight Festival’ New Writing Competition’s Winning play – ‘What’s Best for Jada’ by emerging British-Chinese playwright Alex Blanc.

    Jada’s parents are no longer together. She plays legos with her dad Richard, as he and his new partner Claire shower her with horse-riding lessons and days out in Chessington. Jada’s mum Marie disapproves from a distance. Whilst Richard rejects his Chinese upbringing, Marie embraces it providing what she believes is important, money for Jada’s education, healthcare and upkeep. Parenting isn’t easy, co-parenting is even harder – but they know what’s best for Jada and everything they do is for her – or is it?

    Supported by funding from Arts Council England. Tickets for ‘What’s Best for Jada’ available here.

  2. Sunday 12 June 3:30pm (1 hour) at MAST STudio 2 (Tickets £10)
    The Ballad of Mulan by Red Dragonfly Productions

    Woman, warrior, legend. For ten years Mulan disguised as a man, has fought for the Chinese Empire. Now the fighting is coming to an end, one last battle and she will be going home – but can she return to her old life, become a woman again. A search for identity in a violent world.

    Commissioned by and performed by British-Chinese actress Michelle Yim, developed with the support and funding from Arts Council England. Produced by the team behind Edfringe Sell-Out ‘The Unknown Soldier’ Grist to the Mill, in collaboration with British East Asian theatre company Red Dragonfly Productions, we bring you the real Chinese heroine that inspired Disney’s animation and live-feature Mulan. ‘A powerful exploration of gender, war, and identity, as relevant and timely today as ever. Expect a little humour, a lot of heart and a refreshing focus on the darker aspects of a familiar tale’ ★★★★ Tulpa Magaine, Adelaide Fringe.

    Tickets for ‘The Ballad of Mulan’ available here.

 

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Announcement at the Visit Southampton Website

 

香港英國國民 (海外) 歡迎計劃啟動禮 Launch of the HK BNO Welcome Programme

大家好,
南安華人協會的目標之一是:改善南安普敦市內及周邊華人社區的生活質素;不分性别、政治 或 宗教观点。
協會響應英國政府 正在幫忙剛到南安周邊的香港移民。香港英國國民 (海外) 歡迎計劃 將於 週六 2月26日啟動。歡迎所有香港BNO身份持有者及其家人參加活動,請在以下鏈接註冊:

Dear all,
One of the objectives of the Chinese Association of Southampton is to improve the quality of life for Chinese people living in and around the city of Southampton; without distinction of sex, political or religious opinions.
The association responds to the British government and is helping Hong Kong immigrants who have just arrived around Southampton. The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Welcome Programme will be launched on Saturday 26/2/2022. All BNO status holders and their families are welcome to attend the event, please register at the link below:

http://www.southamptonchinese.org.uk/hk/event/hk-bno-launch

農曆新年慶祝 2022 Chinese New Year Celebration

 

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Chinese New Year of the Tiger 2022 at Southampton

The Chinese Association of Southampton and the University of Southampton Confucius Institute once again bring the traditional Chinese New Year celebration to Southampton for welcoming the Year of Tiger in 2022.

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This is a community-sponsored free event that aims to share with you the colourful Chinese culture, including traditional lion dance, dragon dance, martial arts and Taichi displays, Chinese music, dances and poems. A range of cultural workshops are also available, including making of lanterns, paper cutting, calligraphy and panda moulding. 

The Lion Heralds the New Year

The preparation for the Chinese New Year will soon be heralded by drums and gongs as lion dance performers rehearse their lion dance to bring good luck and prosperity to the New Year. The Lion’s symbol of power, wisdom, and superior strength plays an important role in Chinese mythology, representing joy and happiness.The lion dance will be performed everywhere, around the world, to bring a festive atmosphere with prosperity and good luck to the New Year. The performance is accompanied by music of beating drums, cymbals, and gongs, instruments that synchronise to the lion dance movements and actions.

 

People often asked “Where did the Chinese lion dance originated?” Most historians believe lion dancing began in the late Han Dynasty (between 206BC – 220 AD), when lions were brought to Northern China from Central Asia as gifts for the emperor. Soon representations of the lion were incorporated into existing traditional dance, where performers mimic a lion’s movement to get rid of the devil and ward off evil spirits.

Come and Join us for the Celebration

We look forward to celebrating the Year of Tiger with you on Sunday 30/1/2022 at Westquay Shopping Centre from 11am.

 

 

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Tiger Year Celebration Event

Chinese New Year is the most important festival to the Chinese community that signals the beginning of the spring according to the Chinese Lunar-solar calendar, which is also called the Agricultural Calendar. 

The Chinese Association of Southampton and the University of Southampton Confucius Institute once again brought the traditional Chinese New Year celebration to Southampton for welcoming the Year of Tiger at Westquay on Sunday 30/1/2022, which is two days before the official Chinese New Year day on 1/2/2022. 

This is a community-sponsored free event that aims to share with the public the colourful and rich Chinese culture, through performances and workshops. Over 20 volunteers helped to run and manage the whole event. A long list of 26 performances were presented by about 100 performers from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 30/1/2022. According to Westquay, they have over 45’000 visitors on that Sunday. We estimate that at least 10’000 visitors have watched the performances on stage and participated in the workshops at the open floor.   

This annual event at Westquay is one of the highlights of the city. The Mayor of Southampton Cllr. Alex Houghton, Leader of Southampton City Council Cllr. Dan Fitzhenry, Cllr. Sprios Vassiliou, and the Southampton Police Commander Supt. Simon Dodds were amongst the many invited VIPs. The chairperson of the Chinese Association of Southampton, Prof. Michael Ng, commenced the event by delivering a warm welcome speech to all. The director of the University of Southampton Confucius Institute, Dr. Ying Zheng, also gave a wonderful speech. Cllr. Alex Houghton and Supt. Simon Dodds then delivered their speeches to the audience and greeted the Chinese Community a Happy Chinese New Year.  

The celebration begins with blessings. The scene was full of colors, the shows were great and the audience applaud continuously. The magnificent lion dance and dragon dance came with the joy and blessings of the New Year, which instantly lit the festive atmosphere of the New Year. Chinese Traditional dances and folk dances are colorful, graceful and soft. The melody from Chinese instruments, including erhu, liuqin, guzheng, guqin and bamboo flute, is mellow and refreshing. The Chinese New Year songs are gentle and melodious. The Chinese poem recitations are unique and meaningful.  

The Tai Chi performance flows like clouds and water, showing the unique cultural charm. The Chinese martial arts performance is magnificent and stunning. The Qipao Dance is full of classic style and the performers perfectly show the elegance and beauty of oriental women. The performance is full of Chinese characteristics and is praised by the audience. The audience also enjoy modern drama, piano, clarinet, saxophone and Indian dance. In the last performing item, audience were invited for participating in a live line dancing, which is a very popular dancing exercise in China and far East. 

The stage was full of excitement and the workshops were crowded with people. Red lanterns, calligraphy, paper cutting and panda moulding set off the event scene with joy. The whole event lasted 4 and a half hours and was always filled with a joyous and festive atmosphere. The programmes are full of strong New Year flavor and have attracted many Chinese, overseas Chinese, international students and local people to stop and watch. This well-crafted art program and workshop not only brings joyous and festive feasts to overseas Chinese, but also spreads and promotes traditional Chinese culture.

Michael Ng, Vikkie Cheng and Hongbin Kang

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虎年慶祝活動

農曆新年是華人社區最重要的節日,根據中國曆或稱農曆,標誌著春天的開始。南安普敦華人協會和南安普敦大學孔子學院於 2022 年 1 月 30 日星期日再次將傳統的農曆新年慶祝活動帶到南安普敦,在Westquay迎接虎年,也就是 正式農曆新年 (1/2/2022)的前兩天。

這是一項由社區贊助的免費活動,旨在通過表演和工作坊與公眾分享豐富多彩的中國文化。二十多名志願者幫助運作和管理了整個活動。 2022 年 1 月 30 日星期日上午 11 點至下午 3 點,約有 100 名表演者呈現了 26 場精彩的演出。根據 Westquay 的數據,當天有超過 4萬5千位顧客。我們估計至少有 1萬位顧客 觀看了舞台表演並參加了工作坊。

這一年一度在Westquay舉行的盛事是這城市的亮點之一。眾多受邀貴賓包括 南安普敦市長 Cllr. Alex Houghton,  南安普敦市議會領導 Cllr. Dan Fitzhenry, Cllr. Sprios Vassiliou 和南安普敦警察指揮官 Supt. Simon Dodds。南安普敦華人協會會長黃教授首先向大家發表了熱烈的歡迎致辭。南安普敦大學孔子學院院長鄭英博士也進行了精彩的致辭。 市長 Cllr. Alex Houghton 和 南安普敦警察指揮官 Supt. Simon Dodds 隨後向群眾致辭,恭祝華人社區新春快樂。

新年慶祝在祝福声中拉开帷幕。現場色彩斑斕,表演精彩,觀眾掌聲不斷。氣勢磅礡的舞獅舞龍伴隨著新年的歡樂和祝福而來,瞬間點燃了新年的喜慶氣氛。中國傳統舞蹈和民間舞蹈 豐富多彩,優雅美麗,婉约柔美。中國樂器的旋律,包括二胡、柳琴、古箏、古琴和竹笛,悠扬婉转 又 圓潤清新。農曆新年歌曲輕柔悠揚。中國詩歌朗誦更是獨特和充滿意義。

行云流水的太极表演,展示特有的文化魅力。中國武術表演精彩紛呈。旗袍舞充滿古典韻味,表演者完美地展現了東方女性的優雅與美麗。演出富有中國特色,深受觀眾好評。觀眾還欣賞現代戲劇、鋼琴、單簧管、薩克斯管和印度舞蹈。在最後的表演項目中,觀眾被邀請參加現場排舞,這是在中國和遠東地區非常流行的一種舞蹈運動。

舞台上熱鬧非凡,工作坊里人山人海。紅燈籠、書法、剪紙、熊貓造型,歡樂地襯託了活動現場。整個活動歷時4個半小時,始終洋溢著歡樂喜慶的氣氛。这些充满浓浓年味的节目,吸引了众多华人华侨及留学生和本地民众驻足观看。这场精心制作的文艺节目和工作坊,不仅为身居海外的华人华侨送上欢乐喜庆的节日盛宴 ,同时传播和推广中国传统文化。

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聯誼中心重新開啟 Drop-in Centre Re-Opening

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感謝各會員對協會的支持。還要特別感謝所有委員會成員和廚師們的辛勤工作,使我們能夠在11/8重新開啟的聯誼中心度過愉快的時光。 我們享受了一頓豐盛的午餐和一個特別的生日派對。

Appreciation to all members for your support to the association. Special thank also due to all committee members and chefs for their hard work, enabling us to have a great time at the re-opening of our drop-in centre on11/8. We have had a good lunch and a special birthday party.

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聲援王博士並反對種族主義 Solidarity with Dr Wang and Opposition to Racism

很不幸的 南安大學講師王朋博士 於2021年2月23日在南安普敦慢跑時遭到一夥人的種族主義襲擊。華協和 ‘南安普敦站起來反對種族主義’ (SUTR)於2021年3月1日 組織了一場線上活動,以提高人們對種族主義和仇恨犯罪的認識。約有300人參加了此活動。上傳YouTube的視頻 到目前為止已有800多次被觀看。 BBC South進一步報導這個活動。華協 和SUTR於2021年3月2日進一步組織了“為王博士跑步或散步”的活動。 參加者將他們的日常運動轉成了在線集體行動的一部分,以表明我們聲援王博士並反對種族主義。我們已經收集了數百張照片,並將它們放在我們各自的Facebook頁面上。華協成員還參加了SUTR在2021年3月20日組織的“聯合國2021年反種族主義日:南安普敦在線集會”。

Unfortunately, a lecturer of Southampton University, Dr Peng Wang, was subjected to a racist attack by a gang of men while out jogging in Southampton on 23/2/2021. CAS and Southampton Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) organised an online zoom-rally on 1/3/2021 to raise awareness on racism and hate crime. The event was attended by about 300 people and the recording was put on YouTube, which has 800+ views so far. It was further reported by BBC South. CAS and SUTR further organised a ‘Run or Walk for Dr Wang’ event on 2/3/2021. Participants turned their daily exercise into part of a collective online action to demonstrate our opposition to racism and solidarity with Dr Wang. We have collected hundreds of photos and put them on our individual facebook pages. CAS members have also attended the ‘UN Anti-Racism Day 2021: Southampton Online Rally’ that was organized by SUTR on 20/3/2021.

Updates:

16/8/2021: CPS issued eight charges to two perpetrators.

2021 南安普敦 中國農曆新年在線慶祝 Southampton Chinese New Year Celebration Online 2021

2021 Chinese New Year Online Celebration hosted by Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS)

The Zoom-streamed replay (low definition); Zoom直播 的回看 (低清晰):

The high definition replay (without Zoom interaction) 高清晰 的回看 (沒有互動):

Metal Ox announces the Spring Festival and welcomes the New Year, online blessings are sent to thousands of families.  At 5 pm (local time) on February 14, 2021, the third day of the first month of the lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year Celebration hosted by the Chinese Association of Southampton (CAS) was simultaneously broadcast live in the zoom and youtube live streaming.  Thousands of viewers at home and abroad watched the show online and enthusiastically praise and leave fantastic messages for the event.

This event was co-hosted by the Southampton University Confucius Institute and supported by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Wutan Kungfu School, Portsmouth Chinese Association Dance Group, Liverpool Christian Disciples Church, Chinese Arts Southampton, and Opera soprano Ms. Beibei Wang, as well as Zi De Guqin Studio, Bamboo Flute Bar and Jing Yue Taichi from China.  A huge thank you to the CAS committee and everyone involved for all the hard work, time and effort to successfully create this brilliant display.

There were 26 items in this evening programme, including singing and dancing, musical instruments, opera, poem recitation, dragon and lion dances, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and so on. The show kicked off with a spectacular lion dance performance following by the New Year song which translated into the unique feelings of Spring; the traditional Chinese dance and the passionate Mongolian dance are so elegant and beautiful. The Chinese dragon dance and Chinese Kung Fu are staged in turn; the performances of Chinese traditional musical instruments such as bamboo flute and cucurbit flute are full of energy and showcase the Chinese customs. The melodious Chinese songs express the overseas Chinese homesickness and the yearning for a better life.

The New Year greetings from the members and guests of the CAS were broadcast at the show. They sent their best wishes to thousands of households through the internet. There was also a highlight of this event; each programme was interspersed with a lucky draw. The happy audience was further surprised with the fantastic prizes.

“Chinese Dream, Happy Dream, The Sharing of The Happy Chinese Dream”, the ending song “Chinese Dream” made its debut, pushing the splendid show to a climax. The main theme of this new era song was performed by soprano Wang Beibei with passion. This song is about the aspirations of Chinese sons and daughters working hard to compose a beautiful Chinese dream.

The show ended successfully in a joyous and festive atmosphere.

Reported by Ms. Hongbin Kang (English translation by Ms. Vikkie Cheng)

南安普敦華人協會舉辦線上慶新春文藝晚會

金牛報春迎新年,雲中送福千萬家。 2021年2月14日下午5點(當地時間),農曆正月初三,由南安普敦華人協會主辦的慶新春晚會在zoom和youtube雲中同步直播,數千海內外觀眾線上欣賞了晚會實況,並為晚會熱情點贊和留言。

南安普頓大學孔子學院是本次活動的主要合作夥伴。這個新春文藝晚會得到眾多組織的大力支持,包括中國學生學者聯誼會,武壇功夫學校,樸斯茅斯華人協會歌舞團,利物浦基督門徒會,南安普敦中華藝術團 和 女高音歌唱家王蓓蓓女士,還有 中國自得琴社,中國竹笛吧小笛子 和 中國靜悅太極。大家傾力打造一台精彩紛呈的雲中盛宴。

全場晚會共有26個節目,包括歌舞,樂器,戲曲,朗誦,舞龍舞獅,功夫太極等。晚會在一場別開生面的舞獅表演中拉開帷幕,接下來新年歌,賀年歌,演繹喜迎新春獨有的情懷;美輪美奐的中國古典舞、熱情如火的蒙古舞、活力四射的舞龍和中國功夫輪番上演;竹笛和葫蘆絲等民族樂器表演,蕩氣迴腸,盡展民族風情,悠揚的中國歌曲表達了海外華人思鄉之情和對美好生活嚮往。

晚會現場播放了南安普敦華人協會委員和嘉賓的新春祝福,他們將美好的祝愿通過雲端送到千家萬戶。本次活動還有一大亮點,每個節目中間穿插了抽獎環節,觀眾在精神愉悅的同時還有豐厚的獎品。

“中國夢,幸福夢,共享幸福中國夢”,尾聲歌曲《中國夢》閃耀登場,將精彩紛呈的晚會推向高潮。這首新時代主旋律的歌曲由女高音歌唱家王蓓蓓傾情演繹,唱出華夏兒女努力拼搏,奮力譜寫美好中國夢的心聲。

晚會在歡樂喜慶的氛圍中圓滿落下帷幕。

報告來自 康洪彬⼥⼠ (英文翻譯:鄭慧琪女士)

Thank you for all the positive feedbacks. 多謝大家的正面反饋:

  • 节目很棒; 太美了; 很好的舞蹈 Very good dancing; 威武; 漂亮; thanks a lot for the shows;
  • 多謝财神爺; 财神爷 真喜庆; 多謝靚姐們; super 优美; 动听的歌; 优美的舞姿👍👍👍💐💐💐;
  • 太棒了, 天啦。这个小天使太可爱; 好美,有意境。多才多艺,厉害👍; 鼓声空灵,笛声优雅; Very nice, Prof. 🙂
  • Beautiful art and background, variety of performance, wonderful digital technique in celebrating the Year of the Ox, 2021. Very enjoyable and lovely evening. Thank you very much.
  • 画面太美了!; 我也想买古琴啦🙈🙈
  • Thank you for the invitation to this truly lovely celebration of the New Year !
  • All performances covers all different age groups, background and skills. I really admire all performers’ effort.
  • Thank Chinese Association of Southampton for providing us such a enjoyable programme this evening! Happy 牛 Year!
  • Well done! Michael and all for putting all this together.
  • Many thanks for the talented performers and CAS for putting together such a wonderful performance! Happy CNY everyone!
  • Kung Hei Fat Choi to you all. Thank you Chinese Association of Southampton for this brilliant and enjoyable Chinese New Year performances this evening.
  • Thank you, Kung Hei Fat Choi.
  • Fantastic! Thanks a lot!
  • thank you! really enjoyed it.
  • Thanks a lot! Happy Chinese New Year 🎆㊗️
  • Thank you very much for your kind invitation! We are so happy for you and we are glad that it has been a great success!
    Wish you all good health, good fortune and a prosperous Year of the Ox!
  • Thank you for the invite. It’s a good show. I enjoyed it very much.
  • Just wanted to say what an amazing CNY programme CAS had put out. and thank you very much for including me in the mix. I was very impressed with how the whole event came together internationally, digitally and online, and the vast range of talents there were in CAS and in Southampton. I really liked how Andy was dressed in minority Ethnic costume throughout the whole show doing the prize draw as well!
  • Well done. Keep up all your excellent work. It’s great  to see the old n young, from all BCESEAC come together to celebrate the Lunar New year, n awesome that you managed to get a board sections of Council/ mainstream colleagues to give Chinese New year greetings to the communities, plus all the excellent Covid fund raising effort by the Communities! 😊😊😊👍👍👍👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉
  • 谢谢各位用心表演,看得很开心,还好玩。祝福大家牛年幸福! 💖💖
  • Wow. Taichi on water. Wonderful flute play.
  • 鼓声空灵,笛声优雅🥰; 笛子很好听,而且功夫打的也好。👍
  • 很谢谢你们的邀请,很难得在英国可以感受到这么浓厚的中国传统气氛,欣赏到这么多不同的表演,武术,舞蹈,音乐,朗诵….

 

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