Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Taste of the Orient Is Coming to the Toon; Tyneside Is about to Go All Oriental, as Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Discovers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Taste of the Orient Is Coming to the Toon; Tyneside Is about to Go All Oriental, as Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Discovers

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Byline: GORDON BARR

CHINA hosts the Olympics this summer, but there's no need to travel thousands of miles to get a taste of the Orient.

Culture 10's Look East programme will run from next month until May and the main focus will be on the cultural links with China.

Shanghai Children's Palace (also known as China Welfare Institute Children's Place) will be in the region for a week and on February 9 will star in a big show at Newcastle's Journal Tyne Theatre.

As one of the best children art troupes in China, the Children's Palace has 600 actors and actresses aged from six to 16.

They have entertained audiences in more than 20 countries with dance, song, drama, puppetry, traditional Chinese instruments, calligraphy and arts and crafts.

Nearly 60 of them have been invited to NewcastleGateshead for the exclusive performance as part of Chinese New Year Celebrations, giving people in the North East a chance to witness this extraordinary show.

Chinese New Year itself will be celebrated in Newcastle the following day, Sunday, February 10, with a spectacular event in Newcastle's Chinatown.

Performing to the soundtrack of sizzling firecrackers, lively lions and dynamic dragon dancers will animate the streets of Newcastle, banishing evil spirits and making way for good fortune and prosperity in the forthcoming Year of the Rat.

The Chinese New Year Lion and Dragon Dance symbolises a rich and vivid pageantry of Chinese customs and beliefs.

China has an awe-inspiring history of 5,000 years and its people take pride in their cultural heritage.

Chinese New Year is a mix of dynamic traditions, conveying a sense of revival, regeneration and revitalisation.

Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year.

Twelve came and Buddha named a year after each one. …

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