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Spring Festival Temple Fair returns this Sunday

Spring Festival Temple Fair returns this Sunday

The Spring temple fair features a rich panel of Chinese cultural performances and workshops, creating a unique and colourful experience for Maltese audience to gain their own taste of Chinese culture

After two years of cancellations due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Spring Festival Temple Fair jointly organised by the China Cultural Centre in Malta and the local council of Santa Lucija will return on 24 April  at the Chinese Garden of Serenity in Santa Lucija. During this day-long festival, children and families are welcome to discover Chinese culture through many colourful and fun cultural experiences where everyone can find something to their liking.

At the entrance, there will be a central stage where various Chinese Cultural performances including traditional Chinese dance, music, martial arts, Taiji and even a clown show will be performed almost every hour. Other performances including Ghana will be shared with visitors as well. The Festival will be opened by Chinese typical dragon dance performed by a Maltese team.

The Garden Area will offer cultural experience spaces and six different workshops. For example, during the Chinese calligraphy and painting workshops in the tea rooms, participants can discover their philosophy, learn to write the most popular Chinese characters, and use traditional Chinese painting methods to make artworks to take home.

Music lovers have the opportunity to learn about traditional Chinese music instruments such as the Guqin (A plucked seven-string musical instrument) and Erhu (a two-stringed bowed musical instrument), and learn about the history and importance of traditional Chinese music. Visitors can also learn how to cut paper, make lanterns and many other during the traditional Chinese handicraft workshop. During the venue, visitors can have a walk at the cultural street offering 10 different stands with Chinese cultural services and goods.

In the Picnic Area and in the Sculpture Area, food lovers can enjoy Chinese and Maltese specialities at the different counters. Children will find many play activities including pony rides and police horse show, and thanks to the cooperation with Esplora, even some scientific activities.

The previous Spring Festival temple fair was held during the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring festival, which perfectly fits the current season, hence the name. The aim is to stimulate curiosity and interest in Chinese culture among Maltese audiences and to create a unique and rich experience where everyone can gain their own taste of Chinese culture. In addition to this, this year’s Spring Festival Temple Fair is a special edition as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malta and China.

The Spring Festival Temple Fair will be held on April 24th from 10am to 4pm with free admission and subject to Covid-19 safety measures.

For the detailed event schedule and more information, please visit the official website of the China Cultural Centre in Malta.