Chinese New Year spectacular in Chelmsford

Published: 9 February 2015 at 11:27

Anglia Ruskin University to host cultural celebration on campus.

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2015 is the Chinese year of the goat – so why not follow the herd to Anglia Ruskin University to join the celebrations?

On Saturday, 28 February, the Chelmsford campus will be a riot of colour with a series of free events to commemorate the Chinese New Year. Highlights include a Chinese lion dance performance, stilt-walkers in costume and music and dance displays.

Anglia Ruskin is launching a new professional practice Masters in Acupuncture and in conjunction with this, a new community clinic will be offering visitors the chance to experience the benefits of Chinese medicine.

Try your hand at making Chinese crafts including calligraphy, origami, Chinese lantern-making and mask-making, while those looking for something more high-energy can learn Tai Chi. Ever wanted to learn Mandarin? Master classes will be running as well as a Chinese tea ceremony and a chop stick challenge.

Displays will include acupuncture, Tuina (Chinese massage) and Qi Gong, an ancient health practice that focuses on aligning body, breath and mind. Enjoy the spectacular practice of Chinese ribbon and fan dancing and take the opportunity to have a go yourself.

The day will also include traditional family activities such as Henna hand painting, balloon modelling and face-painting.

Rachel Moss, Community Engagement Officer at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“We take great pride in celebrating different cultures within our truly international university and we are looking forward to inviting the people of Chelmsford in to sample some exciting and interesting cultural activities.

“We hope to see as many people as possible on campus to enjoy the performances, demonstrations and workshops – and it’s all free of charge.”

The event will take place from 10am until 2pm. Booking is not necessary. For more information, visit www.anglia.ac.uk/communityengagement