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BALHAM'S WENLIN CHINESE SCHOOL ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST TRADITIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL & MARTIAL ARTS GALA

BALHAM'S WENLIN CHINESE SCHOOL ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST TRADITIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL & MARTIAL ARTS GALA

Balham’s WenLin Chinese School, run by founder Rosa Wang, will host the first ever UK Chinese Traditional Arts Festival and Martial Arts Gala in May as part of Wandsworth Arts Fringe 2018.

It will communicate to the general public the beauty and strength of Chinese art and culture, while also heightening awareness on mental health in today’s youth.

In three days of events the activities scheduled for May 6th, 13th and 19th will bring together 100 Chinese Wushu Masters and renowned Artistes from across the UK.

WenLin focuses strongly on recognising and addressing the needs of each child in its care. In so doing it has issued a challenge to thousands across the UK to purchase tickets in an aim to lend assistance to its selected charity for this year, YoungMinds.

“At WenLin School mental health is a subject that we care about deeply...More so, on a personal level it is a topic we are very passionate about promoting. We focus on helping others and this is one avenue through which we can do exactly that. We invite the public to be a part of the soulful expressions, spectacular exhibitions, breathtaking performances and a rich display of fine Chinese artistry at its best that the Wushu Masters and reputed Artistes will deliver at our May event.” – Rosa Wang, Principal

On 6th May from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. participants will be able to immerse themselves in rich Chinese culture through the arts of Chinese painting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, qin performance, traditional Chinese opera, paper cutting, dance instruments and more.

On the 13th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. different kung fu schools will showcase their discipline in the Chinese Martial Arts Gala. Visitors can witness the Overall Martial Arts Demonstration, Tai Chi performances, the competitions for Wushu, Lion Dance, and Dragon Dance.

On May 19 the festival will commence with a grand finale from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. They will be treated to a Qipao show, traditional Chinese opera, GuQin and Erhu performances, traditional dance and Wushu demonstrations.

As head of an institution that places emphasis on meeting its social responsibility and holistically addressing the social, emotional and mental needs of all individuals, Wang sees this fusion of art and artistic expression (and practicing Chinese Wu Shu) as a healthy avenue to provide exposure to Chinese traditions and cultural art forms. More so she sees it as an enjoyable way to strengthen the mental health of all participants and visitors.

In highlighting the concern of YoungMinds Chief Executive Sarah Brennan about long delays in children being assessed or turned away from treatment and of young people self-inflicting harm or being suicidal while awaiting support, Wang has echoed Brennan’s call. As she emphatically states, “With more funds, the charity would strive to provide the best possible mental health support to those in need and overcome whatever challenges they might face.”

For further information on this Chinese Traditional Arts Festival and charitable undertaking please visit https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2018/chinese-traditional-arts-festival 

to find out more about WenLin Chinese School visit http://www.wenlinchineseschool.org.uk/ 

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