By Wang Xiaopeng and Christine Lagat
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Kenya-Chinese
Art Troupe was inaugurated on Saturday at the University of
Nairobi’s auditorium followed by the debut Overseas Chinese
Spring Festival Gala in the east African nation.
to Kenya Liu Xianfa was joined by executives from Chinese firms
operating in the country, faculty members and students from the
University of Nairobi to witness the launch of the art troupe in
a glittering ceremony attended by an audience of some 800
Observers see the
launch of the troupe as a milestone in cultural ties between the
During the launch
ceremony, dozens of Chinese and Kenyans staged electrifying
performances, including songs, dances, poetry and martial arts.
The theme of the
first Overseas Chinese Spring Festival Gala to be held in Kenya
this year was “Silk Road Connects Dreams.”
said they were impressed by the performances, amid downpour, by
the Chinese artists and their Kenyan counterparts.
John Mwangi, a
23-years-old economics major at the University of Nairobi, said
it was a refreshing experience to attend the Spring Festival
“The Chinese songs
were sentimental but entertaining and I look forward to
attending similar performances in the near future,” Mwangi told
Xinhua. “It was gratifying to observe how Kenyans have quickly
learned and practiced Chinese music and dance.”
Gilbert Malonza, a
21-years-old technician, said he felt honored to attend the
Spring Festival Gala in his home soil, adding that it signaled
positive growth of Sino-Kenya cultural ties.
“The Gala was a
great event that I will always cherish. It was an honor to
listen and watch singers from both Kenya and China put their
best foot forward,” said Malonza.
He said that a
Kenyan female singer impressed him the most when she belted a
sentimental Chinese ballad toward the end of the Spring Festival
Kenyans who graced
the inauguration of Kenya-Chinese art troupe and the Spring
Festival Gala thereafter agreed that the events elevated
cultural diplomacy between the two countries to a new level.
John Kinyanjui, a
19-year-old civil engineering major at the University of
Nairobi, said he was impressed by the speed with which Kenyan
youth were mastering Chinese music and dance.
“I have just
confirmed beyond doubt that our youth can be good ambassadors
for Kenya-China cultural cooperation. They made excellent
performances,” said Kinyanjui.