Press Release

Assembly Celebrates Chinese New Year

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Monday, 03 February 2014

Reference: SO 06/13/14

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, today hosted an event in Parliament Buildings to mark the Chinese New Year.  

The event featured the launch of the Zhejiang Photography Exhibition, and included a special performance by the Little Red Flower Dancing Troupe, a group of children who have travelled from China as part of the New Year celebrations. The Little Red Flower Dancing Troupe performed with two local schools, Millburn Primary School (Coleraine) and Grosvenor Grammar School (Belfast).

The Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay MLA said: “As Speaker, I have worked hard to ensure that the Northern Ireland Assembly represents all of its citizens and that Parliament Buildings is a welcoming space for all of our communities. 

“I am delighted to host a celebration of the Chinese New Year and to see a performance by the Little Red Flower Dancing Troupe, accompanied by children from two local schools.”

ENDS


Notes to Editors:

The photographic exhibition, displayed in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings, will be on display from 3 February until 28 February 2014.

The Little Red Flower Dancing Troupe will be performing in the Waterfront Hall on Wednesday 5 February.

Pictured with the Speaker, William Hay MLA, front row left to right: Minister Counsellor Mr Xiang Xiaowei, Cultural Minister, Chinese Embassy; Chen Nuo and Kong Zihan from the Little Red Flower Dancing Troupe, who travelled from China as part of the celebrations. Back row: Ellis Harte from Millburn Primary School, Coleraine.

“The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, hosted a special event in Parliament Buildings to mark the Chinese New Year on Tuesday 4 February 2014.  Pictured with the Speaker, William Hay MLA, front row left to right: Minister Counsellor Mr Xiang Xiaowei, Cultural Minister, Chinese Embassy; Chen Nuo and Kong Zihan from the Little Red Flower Dancing Troupe, who travelled from China as part of the celebrations. Back row: Ellis Harte from Millburn Primary School, Coleraine.”Photograph courtesy of Harrison’s Photography.

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