The Essex Jiangsu Festival
South Weald Country Park was the venue of the festival to celebrate 20 years of the Essex partnership with the Jiangsu Province of China. Here they presented a colouful cultural event
Amongst the presentations was a puppet show and this is the silk dance the photos do not show how realistic is was,
These three little girls were part of a troupe of performers called The Little Red Flowers, I am not sure what they were singing as it was in Chinese but they were brilliant, I saw them later walking across the field and they stopped to say hello (in Chinese of course) not a very long conversation!
These two were part of the colourful atmosphere and as you can see we were lucky to have a beautiful calm evening with a wonderful sunset.
A beautiful pageant unfolded as the sunset and the moon rose in the sky, the tragic story of a princess who disobeyed her husband and flew up into space just managing to grab hold of the Moon as she passed and this is where she now resides, this celebration coincides with our own celebration of Harvest and many other celebrations throughout the world celebrating the fruits of the earth.
The fair princess who disobeyed her husband (take note her girls!!) now for ever lives on the moon in her crystal palace
The princess floated away on her balloon across the park you can just see her under the balloon which continually changed colour and the princess danced her way around the park accompanied by Chinese music the evening ended with a spectacular firework display.
I hope I have conveyed to you some of the wonderful atmosphere of the evening