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City's Chinese culture on show
Chinese culture
The exhibition will cover all aspects of Chinese culture
The largest Chinese community in Wales is making last-minute preparations for an exhibition aimed at raising awareness about its culture.

The event at Swansea's Grand Theatre is the first of its kind for the city's 2,000 strong Chinese population.

They aim to give their neighbours in Swansea an insight into their crafts, arts and religion.

Organise hope the two-week event will be the first step towards a permanent exhibition in Swansea.

In the future we hope to get somewhere permanent for people to attend to learn about Chinese culture
Waifong Lee

Waifong Lee, chairwoman of the Chinese Community Co-op Centre, came up with the idea.

She has worked with the city council's museum service to stage the event.

"It's the first time something like this has been held in Wales," she explained.

"We have been running a lot of projects in Swansea.

"Every year we organise a Chinese New Year celebration in the Brangwyn Hall and it attracts more than 1,000 people.

"Lots of school children attend the day events because we run a lot of different workshops.

"This is just test for us to see what interest there is.

Different cultures

"We will look at feedback afterwards if this project is a success.

"In the future we hope to get somewhere permanent for people to attend to learn about Chinese culture."

Displays will include traditional Chinese costumes from different eras, musical instruments, food and arts and crafts.

Volunteers from the city's Chinese community will also run workshops on printing, calligraphy, lion dancing, cooking and knotting craft.

It will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Swansea Margaret Smith on Monday and run until 1 October.

Entry to both the exhibition and workshops are free.

"We are very busy getting everything ready," added Mrs Lee.

"We hope to raise the awareness of the Chinese community.

"There are about 2,000 Chinese people living around the area.

"It's nice to promote the different cultures in Swansea."


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