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Happy New Year - The Chinese Way!

Happy Chinese New Year
Hamilton Architects were the proud sponsors of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Chinese Welfare Association in Belfast on 13th February when Partner Paul Millar was the guest of Danny Wong, Chair of CWA and NI Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and Frankie Ho, Vice Chair.

William Olphert, Managing Director of CWA, was the compère for a showcase of Chinese talent, including Lion Dancers, Chinese Fan Dancers, Chinese Fashion Parade and Martial Arts demonstrations under tai chi guru Master Zhu. There was a beautiful exhibition of Zheng playing - an ancient Chinese stringed instrument - and two young Chinese girls gave an excellent display of Irish Dancing.

After a Chinese lunch washed down with black Chinese tea, it was the turn of Northern Ireland to return the favour with a rendition of Ulster Scots pipes and drums followed by melodies from a Chamber Music string quartet and a final, rousing chorus of Auld Lang Sang.

Paul presented Mr Wong with a New Year gift of a fruit basket and wished everyone a happy and prosperous Year of the Fire Monkey. "Hamilton Architects designed the building we are gathered in today and we are proud to continue our support of Northern Ireland's Chinese community," he said.

Mr Wong said: "We are delighted that Hamilton Architects are supporting us and happy to have Paul as a guest at our community celebrations. It is wonderful that we are able to share our culture with the rest of Northern Ireland - opportunities like this make a positive contribution to cementing good relationships between all our communities."

Xinnian kuaile (Happy New Year) to everyone!
(L-R) Mr Tong, Weighong Tu, William Olphert, CEO of Chinese Welfare Association
(L-R) Mr Tong, Weighong Tu, William Olphert, CEO of Chinese Welfare Association
(L-R) Danny Wong, Chair CWA, Paul Millar, Frankie Ho Vice Chancellor of CWA
(L-R) Danny Wong, Chair CWA, Paul Millar, Frankie Ho Vice Chancellor of CWA
lion dance
(L-R) Danny Wong, Chair CWA, Paul Millar, Frankie Ho Vice Chancellor of CWA
(L-R) Danny Wong, Chair CWA, Paul Millar, Frankie Ho Vice Chancellor of CWA
Parade of Chinese styles, CWA NY Celebrations
Parade of Chinese styles, CWA NY Celebrations
Weighong Tu, fan dancer , and legendary figure Monkey
Weighong Tu, fan dancer , and legendary figure Monkey
lion dance