Chinese New Year 2021 fell on Friday, 12th February, the new Lunar calendar beginning a year of the Ox.
Online workshops for youth and community groups
Release of specially produced collaboration Music, Dance and Food videos (on this page & social media)
Creative collaborations are continuing with between young people in Newry, Mourne & Down (NI) Chinese Musicians, Stanley Ang, Stephen Huo, Ziyi Zheng, Tammi (& Kenny) Qua, Hanyong Zhang & Danyang Cheng.
An exciting developing outcome is between musician Keiron Black (Northern Ireland) and Yihan Bin (China) who were both involved in video productions. They are starting to collaborate through Beyond Skin and the China Music Conservatory to develop a new music initatative that will strengthen further Northern Ireland and China good international relations.
The Year of The Ox project is one of twelve projects form Blueprint - a comprehensive ethnic minority cultural diversity programme across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). www.beyondskin.net/blueprint
As part of the Beyond Skin Blueprint PeaceIV programme the Newry, Mourne & Down Chinese New Year Festival is scheduled to take place 11th – 17th February in virtual & natural shared spaces. Blueprint is a comprehensive ethnic minority cultural diversity programme across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The festival will be a sensory experience of activities through music, movement, arts, food and the natural world celebrating Chinese culture and the human spirit of the strength in togetherness as we all navigate through these challenging times. Through creative collaborations with our local & global neighbours the festival will also enable moments of reflection for those loved ones we have lost whilst also nurturing our own mental health and wellbeing. Activities will also carry a theme related to one or more of the sustainable development goals.
Activities will be participatory led by individuals & groups in the Newry, Mourne and Down area complimenting creative collaboration productions with artists in Northern Ireland, England, China & Singapore. Some activities will also be included in the Chinese New Year Festival 14th February managed by Chinese Welfare Association as we share the theme ‘Strong As An Ox”
To assist with our Chinese New Year programme and in partnership with Virtual Internships, we are delighted to welcome Hanyong Zhang to our team.
"My name is Hanyong Zhang. I was born in China and currently studying psychology and computer science in New Zealand. I enjoy building connections between people getting to know their culture. Playing instruments with friends is one of my favourite things, and I recently obsessed with ukulele."