CUCCS Lent Term Newsletter 1

Dear Members,
Welcome back to Cambridge life! Hope you had a nice break from the holiday. Here is our lent term first newsletter. Loads of exciting events going on as usual.
  1. CCS Annual Play ‘Rhinoceros in Love’ —《恋爱的犀牛》[ Tue 14 Jan – Sat 18 Jan ]
  2. CNY Ball Individual Ticket Booking Open
  3. CSSA Chinese New Year Gala 2014
  4. NUS Immigration Bill Survey
  5. CEEDS Chinese Day 2014
  6. Marshall Society Conference
  7. “Calibre of China” Essay Competition
  8. Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum 2014


1. CCS Annual Play ‘Rhinoceros in Love’ —《恋爱的犀牛》 [ Tue 14 Jan – Sat 18 Jan ]

It has been a month since the release of our poster for the CCS Annual Play coming in January, ‘Rhinoceros in Love’. And during the past month, with the exception of Christmas and New Year, our committee and actors have all worked extremely hard in preparation for our performance at the Corpus Playroom. In addition, we have also filmed footages and produced a simple theatrical trailer (with BTH) to introduce our actors, and moreover, to offer some entertainment for the New Year as well as (hopefully) some scope of the emotions that will be explored in the play. We hope you enjoy the trailer and all the best for the New 2014!


BTS (Chinese):

If you have enjoyed the trailer then you will love the play! So please book your ticket ASAP via the Corpus Playroom website! Finally, just a reminder that our tickets are currently going fast for the Friday night (and we are sold out for Saturday) so get your hands on the tickets today to avoid disappointment!

Booking link:

Tue 14 Jan 7:00 p.m.
Wed 15 Jan 7:00 p.m.
Thu 16 Jan 7:00 p.m.
Fri 17 Jan 7:00 p.m. (sold out)
Sat 18 Jan 2:30 p.m. (last few)
Sat 18 Jan 7:00 p.m. (sold out)

Price: £5/6



2. CNY Ball Individual Ticket Booking Open


So if you didn’t manage to grab a table earlier on, don’t worry – there are still a limited number of tickets left for our fabulous event, so get booking! The key details are as follows:

Date: Saturday 8th February 2014

Time: 6pm – 12pm (not including afterparty)

Location: Guildhall

Standard Price: £45

In addition, we have 2 fantastic combo offers up for grabs, allowing you to enjoy two of the Chinese New Year celebration highlights at a discounted price of £2 off per ticket (the CNY Gala will be held on the evening of Sunday 2nd February):

•    CNY Ball + CNY Gala ticket – £49

•    CNY Ball + CNY Gala VIP ticket – £53


This year, we have lined up a diverse range of brilliant acts for you. What better way to spend the evening than watching incredible performances and relaxing with your friends, whilst savouring freshly prepared authentic Chinese food from the best restaurants in town?

Here’s a sneak peek of some of what we have lined up for you:

•    A variety of acts from singing and dancing to a musical, sketch and crosstalk

•    Fine wine and delicious mouthwatering cuisine from the likes of Seven Days and Sesame

•    Opportunity to send flowers on the night to friends or the girl you’ve always liked

•    All guests will receive a soft toy to celebrate the Year of the Horse!

•    Our magician will perform tricks up close in front of you

•    Post-dinner entertainment includes the CNY Casino, chocolate fountain, games and photobooth

The party will not stop at the end of the ball. The committee have organised a **PRIVATE CLUBNIGHT** at Cindies for ticket holders, so there’ll be a chance for you to continue the celebration and dance the night away to classic tunes from both the East and West. This event is an unmissable opportunity to welcome Chinese New Year in style with your friends, and a refreshing break from the intense Cambridge life – so get hyped and get your tickets before they’ve all gone!


3. CSSA Chinese New Year Gala 2014

Chinese New Year is slowly approaching! The annual CSSA Chinese New Year Gala is surely one of the events on our calendar not to be missed. Every year, the Chinese New Year Gala brings laughter, warmth, spectacular performing art and a fantastic festival atmosphere to Cambridge. This year’s gala, themed as ‘China Dream’, consists of 20 performances including magic, acrobatics, ballet and modern dance, traditional Chinese dance, choral music, and martial arts.

This year, gala is honored to have invited many big names to join the performances:

  • Ms Dingding Sa, one of the most famed Chinese folk singers and songwriters;
  • Ms Iona Luvsandroj, the acrobat on Britain’s Got Talent who holds a Guinness World record for contortion;
  • the Kings’ Choir, whose show was reported by BBC on live;
  • the top Chinese professional soprano, Ms Miao Lu;
  • the well-known British indie folk rock band ‘Freds’ House’;
  • the dancing winner in London Kings of Gaana 2013;
  • the professional  Bellat dancers from King Slocombe School of Dance;
  • Taiji from Cambridge University Oriental Dance Association (CUODA); and many more stunning performers.

This year’s event is hosted at the Corn Exchange: the largest theatre hall in Cambridge, with outstanding sound and lighting effects. All our guests will receive a ‘Gift Bag’: filled with Chinese silk, paper art and 6 kinds of traditional Chinese snacks.  Moreover, everyone stands a chance to win our raffle prizes, a pair of travel voucher of  £350 and a couple of restaurant voucher of £200 and £100.

Tickets are now on sale! Please come and join us!


Time: 7.30pm, 2nd February 2014. (Doors Open at 6.45pm)

Venue: Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB



Standard Ticket:  £6

VIP Ticket: £10

VIP guests will enjoy:

  • The exclusive entry
  • Best seats possible reserved in advance
  • In addition to the gift bag, a silk Chinese knot, unique pen and other secret Chinese handicrafts will be added to the gift bag
You can buy the tickets online or through our ticketing officer.

Ticketing Officer:

Miss Shuqing LIAN:  (+44) 7402775377

Mr Xizhou Liu: (+44)7787243208


Prices: VIP – £10, Standard – £6

Cash and Check are acceptable. Please send email or give us a call for more details.

All guests will surely enjoy the fabulous festival atmosphere through decorations, delicious snack pack and delicate gifts, along with the magnificent performances!


4. NUS Immigration Bill Survey

NUS has developed a short survey to help us campaign against the unfair proposals in the immigration bill.  We are looking for international students to answer questions about their thoughts on the bill proposals which we will use to argue against the changes to MPs and Lords.  We need as many responses as possible by January 13th at 5:00pm to be able to convince MPs before their crucial vote, to reject these two key aspects of the bill.  You can find more information on NUS connect here: 
The link to the survey is and students can win one of 5 £50 Amazon vouchers.  Three vouchers will be drawn at 5:00pm on January 13thand 2 more on January 31st when the survey will close.  NUS will use the completed survey data to lobby the Lords ahead of their vote on the bill.

Chinese New Year, as the most important traditional Festival in China, not only marks the beginning of an auspicious new year but also carries the rich and long-lasting Chinese culture. To share the culture and festivity with young students in Cambridge, we will organise a one-day integrated event named the “Chinese Day”. We aim to bring together cultural elements through demonstration, lectures and workshops, such as Mandarin teaching, calligraphy, traditional painting, dumping making, music, martial arts, dancing and etc.


5. CEEDS Chinese Day 2014


The event is set on Saturday 1st February 9.00 – 16.30 at The Leys School in Cambridge, open to all the young students aged 11 – 18 at Cambridge. We won’t be able to carry out this exciting plan without the contribution from people with the same enthusiasm to promote Chinese culture. We are now inviting people to join our Chinese Day Committee if you are:


1. interested in teaching or demonstrating Mandarin Chinese, calligraphy, traditional painting, dumping making, Chinese musical instruments, martial arts (Kungfu) and Chinese dancing. Each of the sessions is for 1-1.5 hours. As this is only to show the very basic ideas and skills to local students, you really don’t have to be a master in these areas! Please feel free to circulate this email or recommend friends to us if they have ‘something’!

1. 有以下才艺并愿意在活动当天教授1-1.5小时的课程:中文、书法、国画、包饺子、舞蹈、乐器、功夫。 因为本次活动针对英国青少年学生群体,传授的课程仅限于基础知识和技能,所以您不用担心需要特别深厚的才艺功底。与此同时我们也非常欢迎您向我们推荐身边有才艺的朋友加入,所需场地和道具均由我们提供。

2. Event organisers especially for the day (Feb 1st Saturday). You may let us know your availability (full day, half a day or even a few hours would help) and interest that may help us decide your involvement. You don’t have to speak Mandarin to get involved!

2. 在活动当天(2月1日周六)愿意参与我们的活动组织工作。即使您只有半天或几个小时,都会对我们的活动有所帮助。我们会结合实际需要和您的兴趣安排您所负责的项目。作为活动组织者您不一定要会说中文,我们也很欢迎对中国文化感兴趣的外国朋友加入!

3. If you have any traditional Chinese costumes or decorations that can be loaned, or would like to help with setting up the theme on the day please all feel free to let us know.

3. 有任何中国服装、道具或装饰品愿意借给我们,或者愿意加入我们活动当天的场景布置团队,我们也非常欢迎您联系我们。

If you are interested to make contributions in any of the above categories please be so kind to contact us at or give us a call at 01223 411 364.

如果您对以上项目感兴趣并希望为本次中英文化交流活动做出贡献,欢迎您通过我们的邮箱info@cam-ceeds.org或电话01223 411 364与我们联系。


6. Marshall Society Conference

The Marshall Society is proud to present its inaugural conference ‘The Road Ahead: Visions for the Emerging World and Poverty’. We invite you to join us on Saturday 25th January 2014 to listen to and engage with leading thinkers in the field of global development.

Confirmed speakers include Liu Xiaoming (Chinese Ambassador to the UK), Peter Coy (Economics Editor for Bloomberg Businessweek) and Gwen Hines (Executive Director to the World Bank). Our full speaker line-up can be found here:

The conference will last from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 25th January 2014. It will be held in the Cambridge Union Building, with lunch provided for all and refreshments served throughout the day.

Themes for discussion include:

  • Global Poverty: Old challenges. New ideas – What new innovative ideas can be applied to solve one of the world’s most pressing challenges?
  • Emerging Markets: Where now? – What challenges face the world’s emerging economies? How should they react to them? How will the economic power balance shift in the years to come?
  • Britain and International Organisations – What approaches should Britain, and the world’s global institutions take towards international development?

Tickets, which give a full-day access to the conference, are £5 for Marshall Society members, £7 for non-member Cambridge students, and £10 otherwise.

Tickets can be purchased here:

For more information, see our website:


7. “Calibre of China” Essay Competition

I am writing on behalf of the organizing committee of the ‘Calibre of China’ Essay Competition and the 2014 CDF & OCF Youth Panel.

In the spirit of collaboration, LSE China Development Forum (CDF) and Oxford China Forum (OCF) are initiating the inaugural “Calibre of China” Essay Competition, an endeavor to establish a platform for vibrant, in-depth intellectual discussions among university students. Our aim is to promote a global and balanced understanding of China, and we would be much grateful if you could help us achieve this undertaking by spreading the information, along with the poster, to all of your students.

The “Calibre of China” Essay Competition is inspired by the growing relevance of China in today’s global configuration of political and economic power. The transformation of PRC from an all-powerful strongman-dominated system to its current structure of collective leadership has been accompanied by promises of reforms, hopes for prosperity, as well as challenges of enormous complexity. A year after the inception of the new leadership committee, we find it now timely to reflect on past events and future possibilities.

Featuring the theme “Delegating Governance”, this year’s Essay Competition welcomes all undergraduates, masters and PhD students who share apposite interests pertinent to the general essay topic: China at the crossroad: centralisation or decentralisation? Participants are to approach this question from only two fields of studies: economics and politics. Judges will then recognize four outstanding writers to speak at the ensuing Youth Panel, which will convene on the campus of the London School of Economics and Political Science on Saturday 8th March, 2014. Moreover, the top participant of each student body (i.e. undergraduates, masters, PhDs) will be rewarded £200. For more information, you may refer to our official website:

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Yuzhe (Jamie)‪ 


8. Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum 2014

Interested in climate change and sustainability? Want to learn more about innovative solutions to the challenges ahead? Keen to network with like-minded environmental-conscious individuals?

Get your tickets for the Cambridge Climate & Sustainability Forum 2014 now!

The Heat is On: Innovations Now!

Date: 25th Jan 2014 (Sat),

Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Venue:  Murray Edwards College

For more details, check out our website: or Facebook page:


Best wishes,


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