Celebrating the Edinburgh Chinese Autumn Festival

Celebrating the Edinburgh Chinese Autumn Festival

 The Edinburgh Chinese Autumn Festival (ECAF) was held at St. Andrews Square, New Town, from 10th to 12th October, and attracted hundreds of local people to join in to celebrate the traditional  Moon festival.

It was organised by the Edinburgh Chinese Culture Association (ECCA) with the theme of golden autumn and the Moon Festival, aiming to showcase the richness of Chinese traditional culture and how Chinese celebrate the harvest season. A big Marquee was set up in the centre of the St Andrew Square Garden. Many visitors enjoyed traditional Chinese music, dance performances, as well as craft stalls, which was very popular for children.

The students from Fettes College and Perth High School performed ancient poem reading in Mandarin. Most of the performances are from the Chinese communities in Edinburgh. Traditional oriental food, grocery and crafts stalls are dotted in St Andrew Square garden, provide authentic Asian food and some unique crafts.

This was the first time that a China theme event was held in the centre of Edinburgh. In these three days events, it attracted thousands of people.

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Edinburgh Chinese Autumn Festival (ECAF) is coming!

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The Edinburgh Chinese Culture Association (ECCA),  with support from the City of Edinburgh Council, will be organising an event with theme of celebrating the Moon, the harvest and family reunion at the St. Andrew’s Square Garden on Friday 10th to Sunday 12thOctober 2014. This event is also supported by the Consulate-General of P.R. China in Edinburgh and Confucius Institute as well as other parties from local communities.

The Chinese Moon Festival is the second most important festival in the Chinese calendar. Traditionally an occasion for celebrating the moon, harvest and family reunion, the festival is usually held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month of the year. However, in order to maximise attendance by local young people and families, we will hold our event over a three day period during the October school holidays, from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October. This will be a unique and exciting event to celebrate the richness of Chinese culture, demonstrate the multicultural atmosphere of Edinburgh and also mark the growing ties between Scotland and China. Open to the public, the event will host Chinese food, music, art, workshops and storytelling in a series of marquees across the square. Entrance to the event will be free, with the aim of encouraging Edinburgh residents from all backgrounds and of all ages to attend.

See you there!

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ECCA Chinese New Year Reception

On 02nd February, ECCA held a Chinese New Year Reception in partnership with Confucius Institute for Scotland. With the theme of Night of Culture and festival atmosphere of red lantern, spring couplets and happiness character, all guests from the areas of culture, education, and media enjoyed Chinese traditional music, dance festival snack, and Chinese tea, also improved their understanding about Chinese traditions.

The distinguished guests included Mr. Huazhong Zhang, Deputy Consul General of China, Councillor Deidre Brock, Deputy Lord Provost of Edinburgh City Council,  Professor Natascha Gentz, Director of Confucius Institute for Scotland, Dr Kevin McLoughlin, Principal Curator, East and Central Asia, National Museum Scotland, Janice Dickson, Chair of Scotland China Association, the Headmasters of all three Chinese Schools in Edinburgh, and Professor Chenxiang Wang, representatives from Edinburgh Chinese Association of Professionals, as well as Song Hou, the Chair of Edinburgh University Chinese Student Union.

Mr Zhang, Deputy Consul General, Councillor Brock, and Professor Gentz, as well as Ms. Xu, Chair of ECCA, all addressed to the guests to deliver the good wishes for Year of Horse, and to appreciate the efforts by ECCA, Confucius Institute, together with all guests here to promote the Chinese culture and strengthen the friendship between Chinese community and mainstream society.

The cooperation between ECCA and Confucius Institute shapes a good model for the partnership between local Chinese community charity and mainstream society, to promote the Chinese culture and traditions. More importantly, we endeavor to build a platform to encourage the local Chinese community to engage with main society to improve the profile of Chinese people and enhance the collaboration and friendship between Chinese community and Scotland.

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