Conference Gala Dinner (31 Mar 2015)
Thinking Chinese Gala Dinner News and Events
31 March 2015, 7 pm at China City, 50 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury London
On 31 March 2015 Ming-Ai (London) Institute and University College London presented a Gala Fundraising Dinner at China City in aid of Camden Chinese Community Centre.
An evening of fine dining, music and performance was enjoyed by all. Marking the opening of the 'Thinking Chinese' Exhibition and Conference at UCL, raising money for the Camden Chinese Community Centre and celebrating the achievements of the Chinese community in the UK.
Performances included music from contemporary British Chinese duo Liz Liew and Dennis Kwong Thye Lee; internationally renowned pipa lute virtuoso Dr Cheng Yu; as well as a traditional Chinese Lion Dance.
The event raised over £2000 towards the work of Camden Chinese Community Centre who have been based in Bloomsbury for over 30 years and provide a range of vital services including support for the elderly, welfare advice, nursery club and youth projects, helping vulnerable Chinese people living in London to live healthier and happier lives. This money raised will go towards enabling the centre to install a lift and make the centre fully accessible for their elderly and disabled users.
LIZ CHI YEN LIEW is a musician and composer whose music blends rhythms and melodies inspired by her Chinese roots on Chinese instruments with electric violins and electronics. www.lizchiyenliew.com
DENNIS KWONG THYE LEE – musician (xiao, guzheng). Dennis has played the xiao (notched rim-blown bamboo flute) and guzheng (zither) for over 20 years. He specialises in traditional and crossover pieces and classical duets with the guqin in the "scholarly music" repertoire.
DR CHENG YU is an internationally renowned pipa and guqin virtuoso, scholar and specialist in Chinese music. She is the founder of the UK Chinese Music Ensemble.