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Chinese New Year festival 2020

The Confucius Institute and the Chinese Embassy welcome guests to an open day event at Harpa, 2nd floor, to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday 2nd of February from 13:30-16:00. The open day event features Dragon dancing and the talented artists from China’s Inner Mongolia Bureau of National Art Troupes which will perform traditional dances and folk music to present the unique ethnic culture in the region, including the iconic performance of Mongolian throat singing and horsehead fiddle. Workshops of calligraphy, paper cut, dough figurine, accessories making and Mongolian milk tea and milk candy making, welcoming all guests to try out.

Many unique forms of performances are regarded not only as the symbol of grassland culture or ethnic minority culture in China, but have also won global recognition as world heritage. Mongolian throat singing, one particular variant of overtone singing practiced by people in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China, was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO in 2009. The “morin khuur”, also known as the horsehead fiddle, is a traditional Mongolian bowed stringed instrument, which was also inscribed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity identified by UNESCO.

This event is a great chance to get to know unique traditions and is equally fitting to children and grown-ups. Entry is free and all are welcome to come celebrate the new year of the rat!


Feb 02 2020


13:30 - 16:00


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