Chinese New Year – Dragons Parade



Bangor University’s Confucius Institute celebrated Chinese New Year on Saturday 13th February with an awe-inspiring Two Dragons Parade through central Bangor; created, performed and puppeteered by schoolchildren from Ysgol Hirael.

See the video here: Colin Daimond Dragons Project

Colin Daimond is the artistic director for the project working alongside materials artist / puppeteer Peter Powell and Dancer Liu Yuan from the Beijing Dance Academy.

In an adaptation from Chinese legend, two dragons (one Welsh and one Chinese) wound their way through the streets of Bangor to the sound of drums, chasing an elusive pearl swept away by a storm. The project has been developed over several weeks with movement, music and craft workshops taking place at Ysgol Hirael.

The parade started at Ysgol Hirael on Orme Road and made its way through the city centre finishing at Bangor Town Clock for a grand finale.

“The Chinese and Welsh dragons dancing together are a potent symbol of cultural exchange and we are very proud that Ysgol Hirael is able to represent Bangor at such a prestigious event.”

said Miss Valmai Davies, Headteacher at Ysgol Hirael.


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More information about the Confucius Institute’s events can be found at: 

Capoeira Mocambo

Batizado Capoeira Mocambo 2011

Batizado Capoeira Mocambo 2011

Monitor Colin Daimond started training Capoeira in 1997 and has been qualified to teach since 2004, his work in Capoeira has always involved community outreach projects and public performance. He formally established his own school Capoeira Mocambo in 2010. Capoeira Mocambo is commited to the teaching and development of traditional Capoeira in North Wales. Colin is responsible for the Project Management of Capoeira Mocambo’s events. There are upcoming Drum Workshops, Samba Dance Classes, Brazilian themed parties and Samba Band gigs coming up around Bangor, North Wales. Follow this link: Drum and Dance workshops