The Year of the Rooster kicked off with a colourful splash of Chinese culture. More than 20 young performers from the renowned Zhejiang University Wenqin Art Troupe showcased an ancient civilisation with a modern twist in a spectacular collage of dance, music and martial arts.

The Troupe had previously performed at the UN Headquarters in the US, the 2016 G20 meeting in China and throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

Wenqin performed at the Australia China Business Council gala dinner at Crown Ballroom on 16th February – one of the biggest events on the Sino–WA social calendar. Public performances Mandurah and Bunbury followed, with the final performance at Penrhos College’s state of the art Rixon Theatre on Monday 20th February.

While in Perth, the troupe worked with more than 1200 students from 12 schools in a series of workshops designed to give WA students a chance to watch part of a performance and talk to the performers about their craft. Interpreters explained the stories, music, instruments and costumes used.

2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and Zhejiang Province. This very special tour was proudly supported by the State Government and the Confucius Institute at UWA.