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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Kicks Off With Charming Gala Performance

On Friday, 16 February 2018, Dublin Chinese New Year Festival kicked off in the Convention Centre Dublin, where "China Red" was lit up. The dignitaries and representatives from the Chinese Community and various circles of Ireland attended a splendid evening gala.

H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador, Mr. Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Councilor Paddy McCartan, Lord Mayor’s nominated representative, were among the VIP guests attending the opening ceremony. They joined 2000 local audience to watch an entertaining and memorable Spring Festival gala performance featuring Chinese folk dance and Shaolin Kungfu stunts.

Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney sent his Chinese New Year Greeting to the audience in the auditorium, wishing everybody a Happy Chinese New Year. "This is going to be the Year of the Dog, and it’s also going to be a really good year for Ireland and China relations. We are countries that are a long way apart geographically, and we’re very different in terms of size and scale, but we’re countries that are getting closer together too, and we see that in terms of our trade figures, in terms of the political relationships and friendships that we’ve built, and I look forward to building on all of that this year when I visit China."

In his remarks at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Yue Xiaoyong expressed his appreciation to the Irish central and local governments and the Festival organizers under the guidance of Dublin City Council for their efforts to host such a large-scale festival for both the Chinese Community and the other ethnic groups in Dublin. He wished the audience a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year of the Dog and enjoyed the performance by the martial arts masters and performing artists from China's Henan Province.

Sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, Henan Culture and Art Troupe had a very successful European tour. Locally supported by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, the members of the Troupe were delighted to see that the 2000 audience in Dublin were thoroughly overwhelmed by the their wonderful performance of unique Chinese.


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