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'Happy Chinese New Year' gala held in Tanzania

Time:2018-02-27   Source:Chinaculture.org


Chinese artists perform at the "Focus in Africa, Happy Chinese New Year" gala at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam on Feb 11, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org.]

On Feb 11, an evening gala themed "Focus in Africa, Happy Chinese New Year" was held at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Wang Ke, Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Tulia Ackson Mwansasu, deputy speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania and other Chinese and Tanzanian officials attended the event, along with more than 1,500 people from all walks of life.

Wang first extended her new year greetings to local Chinese and all Tanzanian people. She said "Happy Chinese New Year" events, held for nine years running in Tanzania, has played an important role in promoting Chinese culture among the locals as well as deepening the friendship between the people of the two countries. She also expressed high expectations of warmer relations between them in the coming year.


Chinese artists perform at the "Focus in Africa, Happy Chinese New Year" gala at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam on Feb 11, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org.]

Mwansasu, who spoke on behalf of the Tanzanian government, wished Chinese people a happy new year. She said Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit in 2013 has accelerated cultural exchanges and investment between the two countries. Since then, there has been an upswing in infrastructure development and foreign direct investment.

At the event, Wang handed over donations from local Chinese businesses and communities to boost projects by two local institutions, a primary school for the deaf in Buguruni and The Voice of Disabled Women in Tanzania.


Chinese artists perform at the "Focus in Africa, Happy Chinese New Year" gala at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam on Feb 11, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org.]

The gala featured the Longju Opera Troupe and the Acrobatic Troupe of Northwest China's Gansu province. The performances also included an ensemble of traditional Chinese instruments, Qinqiang Opera, acrobatic feats, and the dance drama Fenmo Chunqiu (The Life of a Peking Opera Artist). These performances wowed the audience, as they provided an authentic taste of traditional Chinese art.


Wang Ke, the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, delivers a speech at the "Focus in Africa, Happy Chinese New Year" gala at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam on Feb 11, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org.]


Tulia Ackson Mwansasu, deputy speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania, gives a speech at the "Focus in Africa, Happy Chinese New Year" gala at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam on Feb 11, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org.]


Wang Ke (right), the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, hands over the donation from local Chinese businesses and communities to help boost projects of two local institutions at the "Focus in Africa, Happy Chinese New Year" gala at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam on Feb 11, 2018. [Photo/Chinaculture.org.]