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UB celebrates Chinese New Year

A celebration of Chinese New Year will be hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

The event is organized by the Chinese Club of Western New York, the largest nonprofit promoter of Chinese culture around, and UB’s Confucius Institute, which promotes artistic and language-based production in classrooms around Western New York. This will be the sixth time both organizations have come together to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 8 this year.

The show is a conglomeration of stories, dancing, martial arts and comedy, all accompanied by the use of the most famous, contemporary Chinese music.

Among the highlights are Miao, Xijiang and Tibetan group dances; solo Jiang dance and waltz dance and a musical performance on the traditional Chinese instrument hulusi (clay flute). Also featured will be singing performances from students at City Honors, Nardin Academy and Fletcher Elementary School; various orchestral and choral performances by Lewiston-Porter High School; and a comedic dialogue delivered by Chinese students of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

The Chinese calendar observes 12 zodiac signs that rotate each year; 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. The event is free. For information, visit cc-wny.or/ or

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