Ancient Yayue (Guqin and Court music) presented by Yanyan Zhu
Chinese Tea Culture -Song Dynasty Tea Ceremony presented by Yanyan Zhu, Jeff Kovac
Traditional Opera and Costumes Workshops presented by Yanyan Zhu, Opera Association
Ancient Folk Music presented by Yanyan Zhu, Freeman Wah Hui Lam, CHEERS.
Yanyan Zhu as a curator and one of presenters offered public whole day event, an Elegant Gathering- the Traditional Literati Culture Workshops to the community. In the ancient Chinese traditions, the gentry known to the west as the Literati come together and share their knowledge and build friendships with the community and visitors from far and wide in this similar way.
Yanyan Zhu, BA (Nanjing Normal Univ.), courtesy name Ziyang, alias Master of the Longyin Qin Studio. She migrated to Canada from Nanjing, China. She developed a deep passion for Chinese poetry and arts since a young age, and started learning the Qin from Jinling and Zhucheng School Master Liu Zhengchun. She later travelled across China to study from the Guangling, Yushan, and Zhejiang Schools, all of which contributed to her unique personal style. She has an audio CD album “Long Yin – dragon murmurs “which collects her Qin solo performances. She founded the Toronto Ya-yue Art Center in 2008, to promote the Literati arts and culture heritage as a curator of Literati Arts exhibitions and an organizer of many Yaji (elegant gatherings), workshops, seminars and performances. She formed Canada One Family Network in 2015 in the promotion of the Literati culture and organized The Age of Literati Culture Festival since 2016. She is also a co-authour of the non-fiction book “LITERATI” (2017) to introduce all about Literati culture, and an editor of Tang Dynasty Poets collection of Li Shangyin and Li He (2015, 2016), which translated by John Warden and Daqi Dai.
Jeff Kovac is one the top tea masters in Canada. Jeff’s passion for tea began while he was living and working in Sichuan, China. While abroad, Jeff devoted his free time to the practice and study of language, culture and tea. Jeff first began his study under Lu Xing Chen a tea arts instructor in Sichuan China, where he developed a personal relationship, which still flourishes to this day. Jeff’s travels throughout China have expanded his knowledge and first-hand practice of many distinct and unique tea cultures. Jeff has worked in the Chinese and Canadian tea industry for many years and is an instructor and lecturer for the Tea Association of Canada and a member of the Urasenke Chadao Chapter in Toronto Canada. Jeff has been teaching a tea ceremony certificate course in Seneca College and the founder of Four Seasons Tea Co.
Wah Hui Lam is the concertmaster and founder of CHEERS (Chinese Elders Ensemble for Recreational Symphony since 2007).He hailed from Hong Kong with a Hong Kong Teacher’s College and Literature education background with many decades of Chinese language and history. His love of music combined with literature developed in him the passionate depths of proficiency in Erhu, Xiao, Dizi and community togetherness. He co-founded Canada One Family Network since 2015, participated in organization of Elegant Gatherings and concert performance of poetic recitation, singing and music.