Confucius Institute Day
The first Confucius Institute came into being in 2004. It was named after the well-known Chinese philosopher Confucius (551–479 BC), who was born on the 27th September. Todaythere are 440 Confucius Institutes all over the world. The 27th September 2014 will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute global network.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury is hosting a series celebration in the South Island of New Zealand.
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CIUC Celebrates in Christchurch
On the 27th of September, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) hosted CI day at Hagley Park to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute. Present at the event was Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Chinese Consul General Jin Zhijian, Christchurch Central Member of Parliament Nicky Wagner, Mayor of the Selwyn District Kevin Coe, Mayor of the Hurunui district Winton Dalley, Mayor of Waimakariri district David Ayers, and the Vice Chancellor of Canterbury University Rod Carr, as well as members of the general public.
Festivities began at 12pm outside the Christchurch Garden Visitor Centre, where CIUC staff members set up stalls providing activities such as Chinese folk dancing, traditional musical performances, lantern making, Chinese calligraphy and knot making. At 2pm, guests were treated to a professional lion dance performed by the Qiao Yi Lion Dance Team of Christchurch. This was extremely received well, with the audience participating enthusiastically. At the conclusion of this performance, the guests moved into the auditorium for a formal greeting hosted by Associate Professor Adam Lam, followed by speeches from the distinguished guests.
This was followed by a concert performed by Liu Tianhua and A Bing Chinese Folk Music Foundation Jasmine Arts Ensemble. Highlights included performances on traditional Chinese instruments such as the pipa, guzheng, suo-na and flute. Drawing on inspiration from Chinese nature, the musicians treated the guests to a sweeping array of Chinese musical styles ranging from the exciting “Horse Race”, to the gentle and flowing “A Moonlit Night on the Bank of Spring River”. The most well received was without doubt the solo performance of the pipa of “Dance of the Yi”, which gained great applause from the audience.
The event was a great success, highlighting the importance of CIUC to Canterbury and re-affirming the ongoing importance of its cultural interaction and development.
Reported by Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury