MBL Chinese Spring Festival has successfully launched at V&A Museum of Childhood on Saturday, 11th February 2017. As one of the biggest Chinese traditional festivals held in UK, MBL has brilliantly attracted more than 7000 national friends to visit this event, most of whom are from different European countries with various cultural backgrounds, but it does not fade out their passion to engage with Chinese traditional activities. Without those kind volunteers and sponsors offering their efforts, this event can never succeed. Thus, MBL send our great thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and trustees for devoting your time and energy.
All the volunteers
One of our workshop leader Ruiyun (小夕) is mainly responded in the area of chinese painting. Under her patient demonstration through hand by hand, all of children were able to draw the Beijing masks at the end of the session with the help from other assistants, like Julie and Eric Cai etc. Other great work could see by storytelling workshop.Minorities costume dressing-up attracted both girls and boys pulling their parents toward the colorful dresses they have never seen before. The moment they saw totally different themselves in the mirror, they were amazed. Some of them were as elegant as princess while some of them were like Master of Kungfu. The Parents were busy taking photos of the kids dancing, jumping, running around and playing Kungfu.Paper-folding/cutting workshop led by Jingyi(静怡) hoffered a fantastic opportunity for kids to enhance their craft skills. Groups of families sat at two sides of long tables, following the instruction of demonstrator and learning from each other. Within 10 minutes, children made out many small paper lanterns in red, yellow, green, which were perfect souvenirs for them. Because of kids’ strong desires, demonstrator had to teach them more, such as making the kitty face. Participants were obsessed and reluctant to leave.
Guzheng performancer:Tong Pan
Tea ceremony:Xun Huang
Taiji performancer:Ping Ling
The performance at the afternoon brought audience a great acoustic meal. Pan Tong, Ting Ting and her friends, who represent the young teenagers in MBL, played one piece of Guzheng and one piece of keyboard. Master Huang Xu, played tea performace and taught Western people to follow it. Yoyo showed his Kungfun and Ping performaced Fan Dance and so on.
The MBL V&A Museum of Childhood was a resounding success. As one of our supporter put it. “I had a lovely time at V&A and it was the first time we worked together and there will certainly be a lot room for us to improve. We hope to be able to cooperate more with MBL from future events. ” It was a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm volunteers’ display on a continual basis. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Heartfelt thanks to all volunteers:Yintong,Ping Ling,Julie,Zhigang Pan,Zhihao Chen,Heling,Cai,Yu Yang,Ziyang Zhang,Jingyi Chen,Pingting Lin, Weiwen Wang,Wenjun Ding,Ruiyun He,Yutong Jin,Wenwen Xie,Xun Huang.