It was a brilliant, mystifying and memorable display of culture as the Chinese Anhui Art Troupe took its talent to the Heritage Village in Belair last Friday night as part of its Caribbean tour.
Performing in front a large crowd, the group delivered a variety of displays, which were all well received by the audience. The skill of the performers sent shock waves through the audience who were mystified by some of the performances.
The performances included one hand balancing act on a beam, dancing with rings, balancing items on the nose and mouth, the uniqueness of the Chinese wedding and changing the appearance of a mask with the swipe of the hand.
But while persons would be able to recall those performances for years the one which would be indelibly carved in the memory of those present was the magic display.
It was the stuff that is only seen in movies and never thought to be real but it played out in living color at the Heritage Village. The performance of the young lady had everyone spellbound, bamboozled and baffled as she gave performances with flowers, cloth, cards, eyes and balls. Her display continues to be the subject of much discussion—such was the impact.
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Grenada, H.E. Mme Qu Boqian said this is another area of China deepening its relations of friendship with the Tri island state. The female Ambassador added that they have been providing support to this country in various fields and therefore they were now elated to expose the people of the sister isles to some of the cultural talents of China. Singling out the Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Elvin Nimrod, for what she says is his dedication and commitment to the advancement of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Ambassador Boqian told the large crowd that Nimrod can be described as a “great and outstanding representative who cares deeply for his people”.
She also took the opportunity to speak of the growing relationship of both countries while disclosing that the sister isles are down to benefit from phase two of the Chinese low income housing project.
Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Elvin Nimrod, said that reestablishing ties with the Republic of China a decade ago was a brilliant move. Nimrod, who is the country’s deputy Prime Minister and was the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time of the negotiations, says that since the decision the country has been benefitting tremendously.
The memorable evening concluded with the exchange of gifts which best depicts the historical significance of both Carriacou and Petite Martinique and China.