On 22 and 30 December 2016, the Russian Club of the Sanya University held two New Year concerts.
The concert on 22 December was dedicated to the ending of the students’ spartakiad. The Department of Russian Language prepared three performances and took an active part in this concert. Tatiana Yarovaya, associate professor from the Institute of International Education of Voronezh State University, who is working at the Sanya University under a cooperation agreement, recited patriotic poems about Russia and Chinese students read their short stories about the key values of Russian society. The performance was supported by a wall newspaper decorated in colours of the Russian tricoloured flag.
The second performance was by second year students from the Faculty of Philology and Tatiana Yarovaya, who danced a traditional Chinese umberalla dance. After that, the participants demonstrated a dance performance to a famous Russian children’s Christmas song. The students wore fancy dress and danced around the Christmas tree, while the audience sang along. Among the participants of the concert were students, heads, and the academic staff of the Department of Russian language. The rector of the university was a guest of honour at the event. The university administration highly praised the performance of the Department of Russian Language, which had been prepared by the Russian Club.
On 30 December, another New Year concert was organised by the academic staff of the Department of Russian Language with the help of the Sanya University administration. The programme of the concert was written by Tatiana Yarovaya, a lecturer of the Department of Russian Language and associate professor from the Institute of International Education.
The hall of the Russian Club was decorated with colourful snowflakes. Among the guests of the event were traditional Russian winter tale characters, Ded Moroz, Snegurochka, and Zimushka-Zima The participants were welcomed to the events with the following words: “Welcome to a winter's tale!” As is tradition, the Christmas tree would not light up until it had been asked three times and a song about it had been sung. And, of course, everybody danced around the tree.
The students were happy to read poems about winter by Russian poets, to sing songs, and to take part in competitions and games. The most memorable one was the competition called “Dancing under a lucky snowflake”. A hubbub of laughter and shouting obscured the most favourite song of many Chinese students, “Winter” by a Russian singer, Alsu. All actors and guests received prizes and sweets. Nobody was left without a present.
Among the participants of the concert were students of the Faculty of Russian Language, academic staff, the faculty’s administration, representatives of the communist party of China, Russian interns from VSU, and other guests. The “Winter's tale” lasted for two hours. Nevertheless, everybody wished it had been longer.