On January 18, 2020, the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchewan (USask CI), together with the Chinese Dance School of Saskatchewan (CDSS) and Qipao Association of Happy Life Wealth Management Inc., co-organized the “2020 Saskatoon Spring Festival Celebration”. More than 700 audience attended the celebration with performances from eight different organizations.
Ms. Xu Lu, the Consul General from the Chinese Consulate General in Calgary, wrote the Congratulation Letter to the Organizing Committee. His Worship Mr. Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon on behalf of the Saskatoon City Council, and Professor Darcy Marciniuk, Associate Vice-President Research on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan, made the opening remarks to the Celebration.
Congratulation Letter from Consul General Ms Xu Lu
Opening Remark by Prof. Darcy Marciniuk
Opening Remark by his Worship Mr. Charlie Clark
The USask CI performed the Opening Dance “Dragon and Lion Dance”, Mongolian dance “Swan”, dance “Purity”, Pipa and Zither Ensemble “Dreamy Sword and Broadsword”, Erhu solo “When the grapes are ripe”, etc.
Dragon and Lion Dragon
Pipa and Zither Ensemble “Dreamy Sword and Broadsword”
Erhu solo “When the grapes are ripe”
Apart from the performances by the USask CI, the CDSS performed dances “Window Paper-cutting”, “Bamboo Hat”, “Happy Childhood”, and “Women Flower”. The Mee-Wah-Sin Powwow Dance Troupe performed “First Nation Powwow”. The Kalinka Folk Dance Group performed “Gypsy Girl” and “Nane Coha”. Mr. Wen Xu, a Chinese visiting professor, sang the Chinese song “The Great Waves”. The specially-invited performer Mr. Li Fang, sang the Chinese song “Dare to ask where is the way” and modern Peking Opera “Children of the poor are early masters”. The Saskatoon Shmily Band performed a modern music “Mountain and sea”. The Saskatoon Chinese Martial Arts Academy performed different styles of martial arts. And many other performances from different organizations.