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Chinese New Year celebrations come to Uxbridge

Brunel University One World Committee and the Great Wall Society will be celebrating the start of the Year of Dog with some visual treats: a colourful, traditional dance with a large papier-mâché Chinese Lion and Dragon and a Kung Fu display by the Nam Yang Pugilistic Association, one of the world's oldest traditional Shaolin Temple Martial Arts Schools.

A good performance is believed to bring good luck.

There are some 300 Chinese staff and students, plus their friends and families living in the Hillingdon area. It is a free event open to all staff and students at Brunel University, and to the local Chinese community.

Head of International Student Service, Rachael Elliott said: "For the first time, Chinese New Year will be marked at Brunel University, where the UK branch of the Nam Yang martial arts and dance troupe will bring the magic of traditional lion and dragon dancing to the university.

"This is part of an on-going programme to promote and celebrate diversity in all its forms."

Brunel lecturer, and organiser, Dr Wenbing Yao, added: "The celebrations are very important to bring Chinese people together at this time, and to share our culture with British people."


Nam Yang Pugilistic Association programme:
Thursday February 2, 2006: 12 noon to 2pm

Chinese lion and dragon dancing:
Time: 12.05pm to 12.45pm.
Location: in front of the Lecture Centre (centre of campus)
< br /> Chinese Martial Arts:
Time: 12.50pm- 1.20pm
Location: in front of the Hamilton Centre (refectory building)

Chinese lion and dragon dancing:
Time: 1.25pm-2.05pm
Location: in front of the Hamilton Centre