As CCTV Spring Festival Gala just ended, far away in New Brunswick Canada, the Spring Festival celebration started grandly. On Local time January 29th, Chinese Spring Festival Gala was held in Playhouse in Fredericton, the capital of NB. Led by Executive Director Dawn. Weatherbie,teachers and students of New Brunswick Confucius Institute collaborated to perform a fantanstic typical Chinese show "Singing Opera Masks".

Lieutenant Governor and Vice Governor of New Brunswick were both present in the gala and made an address. Assistant Deputy Minister of Education Department Chris Treadwell, as CINB representative shared the exciting news that CINB has been awarded “Confucius Institute of the Year” in 2016, warm applause ringing out continuously during his speech. Mr. Peng, Chinese Consul General in Montrea even made his trip down especially for the gala and made remarks.

The theater was fully packed. The strong cast team gave a magnificent Spring Festival Gala to the audience. More than 20 studnets and teachers from Park Street Elementary School, which is one of CINB teaching point, performed in the gala. The performers are at the ages from 7 to 10, have srong affection of Chinese culture. With active rehearsal of the students, positive supporting of their parents, and careful guiding of Chinese volunteer teachers Chen Junfeng and Wang Jingli, a fantanstic dancing show was put on stage successfully. The Chinese teacher Zheng Xiaochan and Park Street primary school teacher Mr. Landry sang "singing Opera Mask" together. At the end of the show, CINB teachers and students expressed best wishes for the new year accompanied with warmly applaude by the auidience.

In February 1, 2017, Confucius Institute of New Brunswick (here in after referred as CINB) were invited to participate in the eighth "multicultural night" held by Park Street Elementary School. The Foreign director of CINB, Mrs. Teng Jing and Confucius Institute teacher Guan Yuqi, Li Yanmei, Zheng Xiaochan, Tian Tian, and volunteer teachers Chen Junfeng, Wang Jingli attended this event.

This is the eighth year of the "Park Street Elementary School multicultural night" activities, this activity attracts many immigrants from different countries and different organizations to display their own culture every year, and also attracts many political and educational figures, the number of the participation in this year ranks the highest. Amazing cultures of different countries gathered in Park Street Elementary School offered a good opportunity for CINB to show the spectacular Chinese culture.

At the beginning, Park Street Elementary school invited the mayor of Fredericton, Mr. Brad Woodside, to give a speech for the event. Chinese teacher Zheng Xiaochan and Chinese volunteer teacher Chen Junfeng who currently teach at the Park Street Emeentary School led the students from the dance club did a traditional Chinese song "Singing about Beijing Opera”  as the opening performance, kicked off for the event and lit up the whole audience. Then Chinese teacher Guan Yuqi gave a wonderful martial arts performance, won warm applauses and cheers. In addition to the great performances, the CINB teachers set up a booth with calligraphy, paper cutting, handkerchief, shadow play, kite, ect, attracted many parents and students to come to experience Chinese culture, the students picked up a brush to write their Chinese names, played Chinese chess, painting Peking Opera mask, plaedy shadow puppets. Through this experience students and parents could have a deeper understanding about Chinese culture.

In the morning of January 31 and February 1 , 2017, there were two “Chinese New Year Celebration” holding at Liverpool Street and Forest Hill Elementary School in Fredericton of New Brunswick. All seats have been occupied in the gym of two schools to celebrate the Chinese new year. All people of schools participated in this activity, as well as CINB Chinese teacher Miss. Jingli Wang, Mrs. Yanmei Li, Miss. Xiaochan Zheng, even Chinese families gathering together to enjoy the “Chinese New Year Celebration”.

Liverpool Street Elementary School’s Chinese New Year Celebration

In the morning of January 31, all people of Liverpool Street Elementary School, including the Principal, teachers and students were getting together to celebrate Chinese new year. The principal, Mrs. Jennifer addressed this activity and expressed her gratitude to Chinese teacher Miss. Jingli Wang to bring a lot of Chinese language and Chinese culture to school, as well as wished all people happy Chinese new year. 

January 30, in West Riverview Elementary School, with the Chinese characteristics of the poster, paper cutting, blessings, lanterns and other decorations are carefully put in every corner of the school gymnasium.

On 2 pm, children were under the leadership of teachers in the stadium neatly sit, with the opening speech of the principal, the New Year Gala began.

Some of grade 4 and grade 5 children brought the opening performance with a Chinese song "Wish You A Happy New Year" for everyone. Then, they brought us a lively and lovely song "Two Little Chickens", each child wearing the chicken mask which is the symbol of the year of the rooster, the New Year's blessing and vitality through the song dedicated to everyone here.

Dathen from grade 4 and Macy from grade 5 were the MCs of the day. They shared with the students the Chinese New Year pattern learned in the class. At this point, a small dragon dance team suddenly appeared, as the children were excited. The small dragon dance team, composed of the boys of grade 4. They made the hand-made cloth dragon performance vivid. The warm cheering of the scene brought the atmosphere of the party up.

Subsequently, the Confucius Institute martial arts teacher Yu Qi Guan with his kung fu team brought everyone a wonderful KongFu performances. The children's serious and wonderful performances won the applause of the audience.

We also prepared an interactive question and answer session for the students who attended the show. Mrs. Teng Jing, the foreign director of CINB, and MS Webster, the principle, presented the new year gift "Lucky money" to the children. The party ended in a happy atmosphere.

Mrs Teng Jing, Director of the Confucius Institute, was invited to participate in the event, she gave everyone New year’s wish and hoped to strengthen the cooperation with WRES. The Principal Ms Webster expressed her high praise for the Chinese New Year show and expressed her admiration for the work of the Confucius Institute volunteer teachers in the past three years.

February 1, Chinese couplets, zodiac, paper cutting, lanterns and other typical Chinese decorations were arranged in every corner of the Edith Cavell school, from kindergarten children to junior high school students were prepared a very good performance, celebrated the Chinese New Year with the whole school’s students and teachers.

Accompanied by melodious music, the students waving dragon into the center of the stage, attracted everyone’s warm cheers and applause, the Chinese New Year show also opened the curtain. Kindergarten children showed their homemade chicken mask and the dragon mask, G1-2 performed a scarf dance and Chinese songs. When the host introduced one of the customs about Chinese new year is give red envelopes to each other, the students gave their well-made red envelopes with most sincere blessing to their classmates and teachers around. A very popular Chinese song was performed by G3-4 students. Confucius Institute martial arts teacher Mr Guan was invited to perform for the teachers and students of the Chinese martial arts. The two-person handkerchief was played by G5-6, G7-8 students brought us a model fashion show, also draw a perfect ending for the New Year.

Mrs Teng Jing, Director of the Confucius Institute, was invited to participate in the event, she gave everyone New year’s wish and hoped to strengthen the cooperation with Edith Cavell School. Edith Cavell Principal Ms Donna expressed her high praise for the Chinese New Year show and expressed her admiration for the work of the Confucius Institute volunteer teachers in the past three years.