The celebrations to mark the beginning of the Year of the Dog were well attended by the public, who learnt about different aspects of Chinese culture from various performances and stands
For several years Chinese students at the URV have organised celebrations of the Chinese New Year at the University’s Catalunya Campus, and last year the event was also marked at the city’s public library. But this year is the first time that the celebrations have involved entities from around the city. This year’s celebrations of the Year of the Dog offered a range of participatory activities and many performances of dance and music on the city’s Rambla. More than 120 people signed up for the Horoscope Race, a 5km race around the city that could also be completed walking, and more than 500 people got involved in various activities relating to Chinese culture offered by 19 stands on the Rambla. The various performances of dance and music were particularly impressive. The celebrations were organised by the URV’s Centre for Hispanic Studies and the Tarragona Association of Chinese Students and Researchers; the Chinese Association of the Province of Tarragona, the Association of Chinese Women of Catalonia and the Chinese Society of Tarragona, in collaboration with many other institutions and entities, including the City Council and the Confucius Institute of Barcelona.