Tuesday 25 June, 2019

Fish and Dragon Festival growing - The Year of the Pig

Head table at the Fish and Dragon 2019 media launch held at the Chinese Embassy in Barbados.

Head table at the Fish and Dragon 2019 media launch held at the Chinese Embassy in Barbados.

The Fish and Dragon Festival in its fifth year in Barbados has enhanced the relationship between Barbados and the Republic of China, and it continues to be a growing success.

With the Chinese New Year being celebrated around the world in recent years, this event locally has demonstrated that an increasing number of people yearn to learn about Chines culture and wish to know about the country’s development.


During the media launch of the event recently, Political Counselor Zou Xi said last year, overseas Happy Chinese Year celebrations were spreading in more than 400 cities of 130 countries and regions. He says in Barbados more and more Bajan people get familiar to and fall in love with Chinese New Year and its culture it seems as well.

As part of the celebrations, the Embassy of China in Barbados and the Barbados Central Bank organize events including street fairs, workshops and art performances to attract local people to share the joy and happiness.

It is believed that by of the event locally over the past four years, that Bajan people have gained a greater understanding and adored the Chinese culture more, so much so, that the distance between China and Barbados has been significantly shortened through all events. Zou Xi disclosed that in 2018, almost 5000 people enjoyed in the street fair and performances at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

The Embassy will again this year work in tandem with the Central Bank, the Chinese Association in Barbados, The Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and AJA Productions Company to ensure that the events carded are again successful.

On January 22, a gala performance by an art troupe consisting of more than 40 performers from Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall for local dignitaries. On January 23, a major street fair to celebrate the Chinese New Year will be opened to the public at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

In addition to enjoying culture and food, the Chinese companies in Barbados will introduce their companies and projects while the Third China Medical Team will provide basic health care consultation for those present.

Chief Corporate Communications at the Central Bank of Barbados Novaline Brewster in her brief remarks expressed the bank’s pleasure as a partner in the festival, which she says enhances the ever-strengthening relationship between Barbados and China.

The Bank she said co-hosted the festival from its beginning, and they are pleased that their sponsorship is allowing Barbados to join 399 other international cities to celebrate the Chinese New Year. "It's a partnership that the Bank and the Embassy have jointly nurtured, and we are pleased with the returns so far,” she stated.

Treasurer of the Chinese Barbados Association, Philomena Lee, in urging all to converge at the Gymnasium said, being the ‘Year of the Pig’, a variety of pork dishes will be available for sampling. Lee stressed that the Festival has over the past four years really grown in diversity and size. So she assured patrons that since some Chinese delicacies were a hit last year, they have decided to build on the 2018 experiment and for 2019, there is the promise to bring some even tastier Chinese treats.

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