OK, so I know we’re a bit late for our station’s Christmas party but hey that gave us a good excuse to combine it with an early celebration for the Chinese New Year. It was a great turnout and so good to see some of the other directors, presenters and volunteers at the station.
Laura from the station’s Chinese show introduced the new year of the rabbit with the University of Bristol’s lion dance team. Making a dramatic entrance the “lion” cavorted around the audience to the sound of drums and cymbols. Traditionally it’s said that the loud noises scare away the ghosts and demons of the past year. It was a fabulous costume with three dancers inside which must take a lot of practise to co-ordinate. I loved the how the lion batted its eyelashes giving it a slightly camp appearance.
A fabulous fan dance followed and the bright fans and gorgeous silk costumes of the dancers were a very welcome splash of colour. Their technique with the fans was beautifully elegant. I understand that the year of the rabbit will bring a placid and relaxed year, which I could certainly do with after the difficult and relentless year of the tiger in 2010.
But the best bit of the whole evening was the news delivered by director Phil Gibbons that BCFM has won a gold Sony award for the best small station in 2010. Wow – what an accolade! So just want to wish a massive “congratulations” to all of those involved with the station, the award makes it all worthwhile and is a great achievement.