Barbadians interested in learning about Chinese culture and heritage will be able to do so during the fourth annual Fish and Dragon Festival to be held at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium on February 24.
The festival, which has traditionally been held at Church Village Green, The City, has been moved to the Wildey gymnasium this year due to a clash with Agrofest – the island’s premier agricultural showcase, which takes place in Queen’s Park.
However, festival director Adisa Aja Andwele is still expecting a big turnout.
“Yes, it is the same day as Agrofest, but we feel that once the information gets out there and people see the videos . . . and the photographs and so on that persons would want to be there,” he said.
Zou Xi, political counsellor at the Chinese Embassy, pointed out that the Barbados festival takes place directly on the heels of the February 16 Spring Festival in China, which celebrates the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
“It will be Chinese lunar new year in less than ten days. The Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, has been celebrated by Chinese people for over 4,000 years, which is the most traditional, most remarkable and grandest annual event in China.
“In this beautiful festive season, Chinese people bid farewell to the past year and welcome the new in a most flourishing and joyful way in the hope for a prosperous year to come,” he explained.
He also said that “according to the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 will be the Year of the Dog, which represents loyalty and auspiciousness”.
This year’s Fish and Dragon Festival will feature performances from the Beautiful Tianjin Art Troupe along with some Barbadian Tai Chi and martial arts groups and a local tuk band.
The doors at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium will open at 3 p.m. and admission is free for adults and children.