UWE Bristol MA student filmmakers capture all the fun of Chinese New Year

Issue date: 05 February 2014

Chinese New Year celebrations were in full swing at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery at the weekend. Now Bristolians can relive the fun by watching a short film of the community events captured by UWE Bristol MA student filmmakers.

To mark The Year of the Horse, students filmed the visitors enjoying a range of festivities from the traditional lion dance performances and martial arts demonstrations to tea tasting, origami and a family Horse Trail challenge.

The filmmakers are: (Camera) Jimmy Cope, Matthew Macleod, Gustavo G. Barboso; (Sound) Sara Nilsson; (Edit and Graphic) Reza Choubineh; (Director and Producer) Elliot Mayhew and Sara Nilsson.

Elliot Mayhew studying MA Documentary and Features, said, “Being part of the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Bristol Museum and Art gallery was a spectacular, exciting experience. The process of filming events and interviewing visitors and participants was really useful for me and my professional development...I'd love to do it all again.”

Over 30 students and staff volunteered at the event including some of the Chinese students who were very excited to be able to share their culture with visitors to the Museum.

Second Year BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance student, Xiaogon Huang said, “The event has demonstrated the traditional culture and celebrations and it gives the opportunity to learn about the differences across China. It's been really good to represent UWE Bristol at this event and show our University at the museum. I hope it happens every year – it's been brilliant!”

The Year of the Horse starts on 31 January 2014 and continues until 18 February 2015.

The event was sponsored by UWE Bristol, Grant Thornton, Marriott Hotels, and the University of Bristol.

Click here for more information about studying MA Documentary and Features at UWE Bristol.

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