MBL Celebration for 2016 Chinese New Year of Monkey at V&A Museum of Childhood on Saturday 13th February 2016
As the most important event in China, Chinese New Year has always been celebrated with various activities, delicious food and family reunions. In order to share this great joy with everyone, MBL hosted a Chinese New Year celebration at V&A Museum of Childhood, London, on Saturday, 13th February 2016. The event, full of fun and frolic, attracted 3,300 visitors from all around London. All of them gathered together to taste and enjoy the splendid and diverse Chinese celebration of the Monkey year. This event marks a great success not only because the visitors, including a large number of children, found it wonderful and enjoyable, but also because MBL had successfully raised over £200 for charity. MBL sincerely owes this success to all our performers, supporters and volunteers, because this is an achievement of our joint efforts!
At the event, we had nearly 60 volunteers and performers who came to deliver a series of fantastic and joyful workshops and performances, ranging from paper cutting/folding to lion dancing and Chinese opera singing. Each workshop attracted a large number of children with its unique activity and the warm assistance from our passionate volunteers. For instance, the Chinese Costume Dressing-Up workshop provided over 30 different kinds of minority costumes for the children to experience the diversity of Chinese culture. With the help from our volunteers, every child had a gleeful time of putting on beautiful clothes and taking pictures, as well as a brief understanding of the cultures behind the costumes. At the Calligraphy area, children and parents were learning to master the art of brush and ink on rice paper and drawing artistic forms of monkey. Next door at the paper cutting section, hundreds of children queued up to choose their favourite patterns for paper cutting. Some made funny monkey faces and some made pretty red lanterns, and even Chinese characters.
Apart from the workshops, a wide selection of performances occupied the marble floor through out the event. Mr. Zhen Guidong, International Director of Talk Sport, was invited to tell the story of ‘Nian’ (meaning ‘Year’), giving the audience a new perspective to appreciate this traditional Chinese occasion. The Kung Fu shows, both Tai Chi (Tai Ji) and Yong Chun (a school of Kung Fu originated in South China), attracted plenty of audience and the following workshop encouraged both children and grown ups to participate themselves. Beijing Opera and Kun Qu amazed the audience. Other performances included singing, flute and violin performances, contemporary dance and ballet. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the lion dancing which allowed hundreds of families and children to have a closer look at the most well-known celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The manager of V & A Museum of Childhood, Ms. Teresa Hare Duke said after the event: ‘Very well done!’ The staff at the museum said that they thought it was ‘a fantastic and brilliant event’. Many families travelled long distances from different parts of London to experience this cultural event and showed an unanimous interest in next year’s event. The Big Review TV came and filmed the highlights of the event and interviewed MBL team leader Haiyun on MBL’s work. Ms. Kristie Holloway was very impressed by the remarkable work that MBL’s three bridges had accomplished in reaching out to the world.
The success of this Chinese New Year event reflects the enthusiasm of both the public and our volunteers. We have more supporters and volunteers this year than ever and we are grateful and glad to see so many people joining the family of our charity. This year is the Year of Monkey—an animal of intelligence, agility and good fortune. We sincerely wish everyone a joyful new year!
If you would like to help the kids who are in need of better education, please contact us. Every little help means a lot for children in poverty.
Donation can be made,
Please use this link: https://charities.everyclick.com/purchase… and please leave your name and email address, and also put “Books For Kids” in the donation comment box.
Please POST the cheque to MBL, 9 ORME COURT, LONDON, W2 4RL, UK
Account Name：The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL)
Sort Code: 400607
SWIFT Code: MIDL GB2142E
Thank you very much on behalf of MBL and those children from village to village! MBL Head Office
Drafted by MBL volunteer ZHOU Zhou (周舟). Edited by WANG Haiyun
*The funds and donations that MBL makes from this event are to support MBL “Books For Kids” project and our operations.
More information on V&A Museum of Childhood Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/chinese-new-year/