A rejuvenating concert, blending traditional and modern music, will be the highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Adelaide Festival Centre next month.

This year’s Chinese New Year Concert will showcase the beauty of eastern and western cultures during a special evening performance by the School of Chinese Music & Arts in Adelaide Festival Centre’s Dunstan Playhouse on February 13.

Local musicians – along with guest artists Oriental Flair, Bronzewing Quartet, and jazz ensemble San Ureshi – will present mostly original work, with the repertoire including new arrangements of popular folk songs.

“For me, Chinese New Year is about reflecting on our cultural heritage and passing it on to the next generation, so this concert is a great way to celebrate. We will present a fusion of Western influences and Chinese instruments to acknowledge our roots as well as our belonging as Australians,” School of Chinese Music & Arts founder Zhao Liang said, referring to the upcoming concert.

Earlier during the day, Adelaide Festival Centre will host a free event, Confucius Institute Cultural Workshops, featuring a Chinese writing demonstration as well as workshops on water calligraphy, paper cutting, and knotting techniques.

To coincide with the official Chinese New Year date, the Shaanxi Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition will open in the Festival Theatre foyer’s QBE Galleries on February 12 and will be on display until March 13.

The exhibition will boast more than 100 unique items – including wood carvings, ceramics, and embroidery – all celebrating Year of the Ox, while panoramic imagery will detail the fascinating scenery of China’s Shaanxi province.

“We would like to extend our Chinese New Year greetings to the people of South Australia through this exhibition. It’s great to have more Australian friends experience the profound Shaanxi culture. We hope this exhibition will enhance their understanding of traditional Chinese skills, and also promote the friendship between the people of China and Australia,”  said China Cultural Centre in Sydney Director Xiayong Xiao.

All three events are part of Adelaide Festival Centre’s Student Summer Series in partnership with Study Adelaide, with university and international students invited to register for the chance to win free tickets.

For more information about Chinese New Year celebrations at Adelaide Festival Centre and to book tickets visit www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au.