Chinese community in Rwanda mark New Year in style

It was a fantastic Thursday evening as Chinese living in Rwanda and friends, convened at Kigali Serena Hotel, for a cultural festival to celebrate the New Year.
Members of the Tursun, Filora during the double dance "Happy Days" performance. / Photos: Faustin Niyigena
Members of the Tursun, Filora during the double dance "Happy Days" performance. / Photos: Faustin Niyigena

It was a fantastic Thursday evening as Chinese living in Rwanda and friends, convened at Kigali Serena Hotel, for a cultural festival to celebrate the New Year.

Organised by the Ministry of culture of The People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Rwanda and the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in Rwanda, the event was that of cultural resonance between the two countries.

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Performers and officials pose for a group picture after the celebrations. 

Performances were held mainly by Xinjiang Art Theatry Song and Dance Troupe from Xinjiang province in western China, and Rwanda’s Urukerereza who entertained the guests, with folk and modern dance.

The Chinese performances that were characterised by sharp wrist and head movements while retaining an erect torso wowed the revelers as it seemed a new experience for them.

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Urekereza invites guests on stage during the performances. 

Cups, plates, bowels and Kung Fu were used in their performances as symbolism of the joyous occasion that occupies an important role at festivities.

“The cutlery symbolizes our love for guests while the kung Fu symbolizes our passion for protection of our people despite our love for people. This event was to showcase the cultural diversity between Rwanda and China to create a good relation among the people,” explained ShenYusu, the secretary to the China’s Ambassador to Rwanda.

Aziz Ablimit from China also wowed the audience with his flute skills that explained the spring season in China, while Ezzat Elyas treated the crowd to her dance moves as she performed the ‘Youth Dance’.

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Chinese flute player Aziz Ablimit entertains guests during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Kigali. 

Urekereza did not disappoint either, as the troupe performed traditional Rwandan dance performances, which kept the audience on their feet – dancing along.

The show began at 6:30, and ended at 8:30p.m.

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