On February 18, the CIE successfully held the Sing Edmonton – Chinese New Year Singing & Dancing Gala. More than 600 people gathered together to celebrate Chinese New Year and the 10th anniversary of CIE at Triffo Theatre of MacEwan University.
Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman, Ms. Michelle Draper, Board Chair of EPSB, Dr. Lorne Parker, Assistant Superintendent of EPSB, and Consul Xiao Jun from Chinese Consulate in Vancouver brought greetings to the gala to send the Chinese New Year wishes and congratulate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute in Edmonton. Many other VIPs also attended the event and they are MLA Denise Woodlard, Mrs. Wendy Boje – Assistant Deputy Minister of Alberta Education, Dr. Manfred Zeuch – Vice President of Concordia University of Edmonton and many leaders of the community organizations.
Premier Rachel Notley, Consul General Lu Xu from Chinese Consulate in Calgary, Mayor Don Iveson, and Board Chair of EPSB Michelle Draper and Superintendent of EPSB Darrel Robertson also sent written greetings.
Around 200 performers were involved in the performance mainly including winners of Edmonton First Chinese Singing Contest, artists from Edmonton Beijing Opera Association and Greenland Music Society, students from Confucius Classrooms, and CIE visiting teachers as well as local communities. We are so honored to be able to invite three special musicians for this gala. They are Mr. Fang Li – former Deputy Consul General of Chinese Consulate in Calgary and former Consul General of Chinese Consulate in Toronto, Mr. Dan Rowley – well-known Opera singer from Edmonton Opera House and Mrs. Linda Steinbring – Edmonton well-known pianist. With the melodious music and stunning background images, the performers seemed to tell stories in different times of China. The audience was deeply touched by the spirits and beauty rooted in Chinese culture. The reflection and comment on this gala are astonishing and enjoyable.
The CIE also took this opportunity to celebrate its 10th anniversary. A short video showcased the achievements and developments of CIE in the past 10 years. The audience was impressed by the contributions the CIE has made in promoting Chinese language and culture, and strengthening the Chinese community and the friendship between Canada and China.
This event has received the strong support from the co-organizers, including Edmonton Beijing Opera Association, Greenland Music Society, Edmonton Tianjin Association, Conservatory of Music of MacEwan University, Canada-China Friendship Society of Edmonton, and Chinese Journal. All their hard work has made this gala possible.