MBL collaborated with V&A Museum of Childhood to celebrate the Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig! On 9th Feb, 2019, MBL collaborated with V&A Museum of Childhood to host the Chinese New Year celebration at V&A Museum in London. More than five thousand visitors showed up to join the fun, and to participate in various activities. 

At our handcraft workshop, Mr. Fan taught traditional Chinese calligraph. His students were excited to learn how to write their names in Chinese. The Beijing Opera facial mask making workshop attracted quite a crowd, where participants painted their masks with fascination. Our MBL volunteer Jiayan Fan was so skilled at making paper lanterns and her workshop was very popular among children. 

Suifeng and Jingyi, also MBL volunteers, were busy at the dress-up room, where children tried on different Chinese ethnic costumes, and learned about Chinese ethnic minorities. A special abacus class was presented by Mrs. Tan and her assistant Xin Mo. Their curious and diligent students explored a new way to do calculation. Math was not a boring subject, but a fun adventure for both adults and children! 

As always, the performance stage was surrounded by enthusiastic audience. Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy and Ping Lin’s Aubretia Dance Studio did a stellar performance of Tai Chi, Chinese traditional fan dance and the “long-sleeves” dance. Even the audience participated, following the dancers and waving the fans in their hands with much joy and laughter. 

 

Lion Dance was the highlight of the day, performed by the Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets. For this year, children got to feed the lions with their handwritten messages for blessings — all the wishes would come true in the new year!

The souvenir booth, where items like dance fans and abacuses were sold, attracted a steady crowd of customers. It was a fantastic way to raise money for our charity, and to raise awareness for the Chinese culture. 

A big shout-out to all our volunteers: Ruiyun, Sun Hong, Yanan, Kun Li, Rui, Jack, Tingting, Frank, Jiayan, Bin Tan, Xin Mo, Suifeng, Jingyi, Ping Lin, Chris, and our event leader Yifeng Shi. 

Special thanks to our photographer Rui for the lovely photos, and our souvenir provider Yuyang Zhang. 

And our big thank-you to V&A Museum of Childhood and all the participants and supporters! 

Xin Nian Kuai Le! 新年快乐!

 

A call for Volunteers and Sponsors at the 2019 Chinese New Year Festival at V&A Museum

Happy new year! We are collaborating with V&A Museum of Childhood to launch the 2019 Chinese New Year Festival, which will be held from 11am to 4pm on 9th, Feb., 2019. Want to volunteer or become a sponsor at this exciting event? It’s a wonderful opportunity to experience the Chinese culture, to meet friends, to support a good cause, and, most importantly, to have a lot of fun. 

Volunteers will be responsible for:

Stall reception ( 3 volunteers )

Performance stage and wall art ( 3 volunteers )

Dressing up ( 3 volunteers )

Craft session ( 5 volunteers )

A volunteer training will be held on the 26th Jan, and the location is 19 Queens court, Queensway, London, W2 4QN, UK. We hope you’ll join us.

We will also be very grateful if you can help us find sponsorship, or business to set up stalls at our venue. Please contact Yifeng Shi (WeChat: SYF1127YK Phone: 07734697037) to get a copy of our invitation letter to potential sponsors. Thank you! 

If you would like to volunteer at this festival or become a sponsor, please contact our team leaders:

Yifeng Shi, WeChat: SYF1127YK Phone: 07734697037.

Ping Lin, WeChat: pinglin2018 Phone: 07436009413 .

Xinran Xue, WeChat: xxxr0719 Phone: 07740151726.

Happy New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! 新年快乐,万事如意!

Join MBL and V & A Museum to celebrate the Year of the Pig!

On Feb. 9, 2019, MBL and V& A Museum of Childhood will work together to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig.  The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese zodiac. MBL has been collaborating with the V&A Museum for many years, holding regular events to celebrate festivals like Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn festival at the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Activities include, but not limited to

  • facial mask painting
  • lion dance
  • Chinese Folk dance
  • Chinese traditional costume dressing-up
  • performance of Chinese abacus

It’s a free event and please join us for tons of fun!

Click here to read about Chinese New Year

Click here to read about Chinese zodiac

Click here to make a donation to MBL

A big thank you to our volunteers and to all the people who have been supporting us all these years!

Happy New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! 新年快乐,万事如意!

Launch The Secret Message Boats to the Mothers Around the World!

Hello, MBL volunteers and supporters,

MBL and the Essex Festival in the UK have teamed up and will launch an exciting event: The Secret Message Boats to the Mothers Around the World. It would be wonderful if your children, their friends, or classmates be part of it!

The Essex Festival will be held in March 2019. During the festival, 1,000 paper boats will be displayed. At the closing ceremony, these boats will be set sail in the sea. These paper boats are hand-folded by children from China and Britain, each carrying a  “whisper” or a secret message the child has written to his or her mother. (The message will be written on the back of the paper before the paper is folded into a boat.) MBL Volunteers in London will add MBL logo stickers to the boats.

How to fold a paper boat?

Please use a Chinese map to make a boat. Here is the instruction.

  • Paper boat size: Length between 10 – 30cm
  • Before folding, please write a message on the back of the map (either in Chinese or English).

Where to send the boats?

  • If you live in China, please send the paper boats (as many as possible, ideally more than 200 in each package) to the following address before January 3, 2019, so that our volunteer Pan Tong can bring them to London on January 6.

Attn: ZHU Li 

Sino-British Bridge & Mothers’ Bridge of Love Volunteer Center

Fourth Floor, Hexi Central Shopping Center

No. 235, Jiang Dong Zhong Road, Jianye District

Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 210000

Tel: 13905150047

  •  If you live abroad, please send your boats to the following address by the end of January 2019. They’ll be delivered to the staff at the Essex Festival in the UK in mid-February. 

Xinran / MBL

Flat19, Queens Court

Queensway

London W2 4QN

The UK

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中文版

您家中的小朋友及孩子所在学校是否愿意参与2019母爱桥与英国联办的一个名为“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船”的活动?

活动细节如下:
活动名称:1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船⛵

时间及地点:2019年三月开始在英国Essex Festival 埃塞克斯艺术节展示,艺术节结束庆典上小船隆重入海(英国东部)

制作:
– 用中国地图纸/如图“折叠”小船(淘宝上可买到大小不一的地图纸,可裁剪所需尺寸。)帆船⛵大小: 长度在10-30CM以内。折叠前,在叠纸背面写给母亲一句心里话/密语(中英文均可)

完成后,国内的朋友敬请于1月3号前将您组织折叠的小船⛵(>200只为盼)寄至

中国南京市建邺区

江东中路235号

(河西)中央商场四楼

中英桥/母爱桥志愿者中心

朱莉
邮编 210000
电话13905150047

若您在海外:敬请在1月底前将您所组织的“母爱桥心语小船⛵” (多多益善)寄/送至:
Xinran/MBL
Flat19, Queens Court
Queensway
London W2 4QN

时间表

在中国收到的小船由母爱桥志愿者潘桐于1月6日带回伦敦。

收到小船后,伦敦的MBL队伍负责帖加母爱桥标志,并于2月中旬交付英国埃塞克斯艺术节筹备组。

3月艺术节开幕之日,开始艺术展示“母爱桥心语纸船⛵
3月底,艺术节结束庆典上进行“母爱桥心语小船⛵入海”仪式。

感谢同愿同行,帮助孩子们传递挚爱母亲的心语,让世界分享中国孩子的大爱。

Thank you to MBL volunteer You Muqing (游牧晴) for her help with translation.