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THE WESTMAN CHINESE ASSOCIATION
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Memories of the
2008
Chinese Pavilion
Lieutenant-Governor's WinterFest 
 January 31 - February 2, 2008
Brandon's Town Centre
www.westmanchinese.com


Thank you to the
10,000 visitors
who joined us in celebrating 
WestMan's Annual WinterFest
and to help us launch 
our lead-up celebrations for
Chinese New Year 2008
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PHOTO GALLERIES
135 Photos by Bill Hillman
Showtime: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Before & After: | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16
Cultural Display Room
Food ~ Art ~ Memorabilia
Day One
Lieutenant-Governor's Visit
Day Two
Great Wall | Performers from China
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Day Three
Performers from China
Lion Dancers
Fabulous Wu Shu Performers
Behind the Scenes
Support ~ Ambassadors ~ Backstage
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Hundreds More Photos
Visit David Xu's Slide Shows on Picasa
500 Photos Presented in 3 Formats
Thumbnail Layout ~ Full-Screen Images ~ Slide Show
The Chinese Pavilion
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Volunteer Appreciation Party
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Food and Drink
Stage Shots
People
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VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY PHOTOS
Welcome Page
Faces in the Crowd
The Banquet
Entertainment
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FOOD & PAVILION PREPARATION
Food Preparation I
Food Preparation II
Food & Pavilion Prep
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The WinterFest Chinese Pavilion
Volunteer Appreciation Party Photos
David Xu's Photo Galleries



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View from stage front to the food court area
Queue to the food and beverage service is on the left..
(Our Main Stage is positioned "in the round")

View of audience and holding area to stage rear

Over 10,000 Visitors

CHINESE PAVILION
Entertainment Schedule
THURSDAY ~ January 31, 2008 ~ Thursday

 DAY 1 PHOTO GALLERY

Photos from Thursday Night's premiere gala performance for 
The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
The Honourable John Harvard

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DAY TWO PHOTOS


FRIDAY: February 1, 2008

The Chinese Great Wall Acrobatic Troupe and Magic Face Changing Act from China 
appeared only on Friday.
Saturday's featured act is the WuShu Lion Dancers
6:30-7:00

Yue Opera / Shaoxing Opera: "Sister Lin as a Gift from Heaven"
Instrumental Music: "Spring of Sinkiang"
Vocal Solo: "Fairy Tale"
Dance Solo: "Flying Goddess"
Chinese Acrobatic Troupe: "Butterfly"
Chinese Acrobatic Troupe: Magic Face Changing
7:30-8:00
Instrumental Music: "Hu Lu Si" (Do You Know?)
Vocal Solo: "All the Way Down with You"
Martial Arts: Tai Qi Quan
Instrumental Music: "Horses Racing"
Acrobatics: "Flying Fork"
Dance Solo: "Yi Dance" - "Fire Brand Festival
8:30-9:00
Vocal Solo: "Today"
Huangmei Opera: "Somehow Be The King's Number One Scholar"
Instrumental Music: "Spring of Sinkiang"
Dance Solo: "Hand Shadow Dance"
Acrobatics: Magic Face Changing
Dance Solo: "Flying Goddess"
Acrobatics: "Butterfly"
9:30-10:00
Instrumental Music: "Hu Lu Si" - Kang-Ding Love Song
Martial Arts: Tai Qi Quan
Yue Opera / Shaoxing Opera: "Sister Lin as a Gift from Heaven"
Duet: "Let's Go Boating"
Acrobatics: "Butterfly"
Dance Solo: "Yi Dance" - "Fire Brand Festival"
Acrobatics: "Flying Fork"
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DAY 3 PHOTOS
SATURDAY: February 2, 2008

The Pavilion opened at 1:00 with
Food ~ Beverages ~ Chinese Store ~ Displays

The Main Stage Performances:
Show times are at: 
1:30 ~ 2:30 ~ 3:30 ~ 4:30 ~ 5:30 ~ 6:30 ~ 7:30 ~ 8:30 ~ 9:30

FEATURED ACT:
Lion Dancers from WuShu Manitoba
Performed at the 4:30 ~ 6:30 ~ 8:30 shows
For the first time in Brandon, the famous traditional LION DANCE with live musicians to accompany the dancers – this is always the main attraction at the Chinese New Year / Spring Festival (see the photos below) This group competes internationally – in Las Vegas, and have won the championship several times

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A full slate of singers, musicians, dancers, and martial artists
-- all in authentic, colourful Chinese costumes.
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UNIQUE ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL 3 DAYS


 We have organized a program that is incredibly rich in Chinese culture:

• Dancers: very traditional dances with local talent and groups from Great Wall Performing Arts from Winnipeg (PHOTO)
• Great Wall Magic:  a "face changing" and a magic shadow show (PHOTO)
• Musicians: both locally and from Winnipeg, will perform on traditional instruments (PHOTO)
• An acrobatic team: will be coming from China to perform (PHOTO). You’ve seen such performances on TV and perhaps in Las Vegas, now you will see them in Brandon!
• Lion Dance from WuShu Manitoba: we will have, for the first time in Brandon, the famous traditional LION Dance with live musicians to accompany the dancers – this is always the main attraction at the Chinese New Year / Spring Festival (PHOTOS) This group competes internationally – in Las Vegas, and have won the championship several times:
• Martial arts performers
• Traditional Chinese Fashions
• Singers: both traditional story-telling songs, folk songs from the villages, and pop music for the younger generation


MORE FEATURE ATTRACTIONS
• A store featuring authentic cooking ingredients from China, dishes, art, ornaments
• A gallery of Artists working on their craft: Chinese calligraphy, painting, paper cutting: visitors will have the opportunity to purchase one of a kind original works of art
• Demonstrations by experts in Kung-fu, Tai-chi, dim sum making
• Food: traditional food from different regions of China (made locally by "lo sow" - experienced cooks in Brandon, and several who have just arrived to work in Brandon)
• Authentic beverages at the bar: (Tsingtao beer, plus Chinese wine, available for the first time in Manitoba)

Alternate WestMan Chinese Association Logos
by Zheng Yu Sun (Sunny) ~ Entertainment Director

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BACKGROUND NOTES
• A small group of local Chinese volunteers have participated in the past within GLOBAL VILLAGE.
• Arrival of new Chinese immigrants and permit workers in Brandon is providing many more volunteers.
• We are getting more and more students from China at Brandon University
• We have a committee in the process of forming the WestMan Chinese Association
• Through this committee, we are able to pull together all the groups within Brandon and the rural Westman area – for volunteers and talented performers
• The Winterfest committee are happy to see us finally participate as a Pavilion and we thank them for their support
• We've held auditions locally for talented entertainers – and there are many!
• We’ve also booked professional entertainment from Winnipeg and China (see photos below)
• The Pavilion will be at the Town Centre: Thanks to Marlow Kirton and K’s Oriental Food  for the use of the facilities.
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Chinese New Year

Year of the Mouse & Rat

February 7, 2008 marks the beginning of the
Year of the Rat and Year 4706 of the Chinese Calendar
Visit our NEW YEAR WEBPAGE at
www.hillmanweb.com/newyear

Visit our Chinese New Year Celebration Page
www.hillmanweb.com/newyear

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Sue-On Hillman
hillmans@westman.wave.ca

Phone: 728.4673
Bill & Sue-On Hillman

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Chinese Earthquake 
Relief Fundraising Efforts
Sichuan province in China has suffered a major earthquake. The death toll is on the rise, and many people are in desperate need of food, medicine, and shelter.

The many newly arrived immigrants, along with the long-time Chinese residents, want to do our part in sending assistance to our countrymen. In addition, we have received many queries from the general public as to how they can donate to a relief fund.

In view of these inquiries, The WestMan Chinese Association has set up donation boxes at Maple Leaf, in locations that are readily accessible to the general public – within the city of Brandon,  and the outlying communities in the Westman area. A special account will be set up with Westman's Royal Bank of Canada to collate all donations to be forwarded to an official agency for the China earthquake victims.

Megumi Masaki and performing students from the Brandon University School of Music have organized a benefit concert for May 27th, 2008. The concert is at 8:00 pm in the Lorne Watson Music Hall followed by a candlelight memorial at 9:00 pm. All are welcome. 

Thank you, everyone, for your generous donations for the China Earthquake Relief Fund.



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February 1 ~ Time: 18:00 ~ Place: WMCA, Lower Level, 20th St. & Princess