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Chinese traditional culture participates in the Marlborough Multicultural Festival

Crowd watching stage at multicultural festival

Crowd watching the Parade of Nations at the Marlborough Multicultural Festival


On March 4, the Marlborough Migrant Centre held the Marlborough Multicultural Festival The event attracted over 1000 local residents and overseas visitors. The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was invited to participate.

At the CIUC booth, CIUC offered two traditional Chinese cultural activities: Chinese calligraphy and plate painting. SUN Kezhong, CIUC martial arts instructor, also gave two Tai Chi and Chinese martial arts performances. The people who came to the CIUC booth were very enthusiastic about having their names written in Chinese and many children enjoyed the plate painting. One child enjoyed it so much that she spent the day teaching others how to do it. Her mother was very pleased that the girl had the opportunity to experience Chinese culture. The girl said that it was one of her ‘happiest days ever’.

SUN Kezhong’s performance was a fine display of strength and rhythm and drew warm applause.

During the event, a number of people showed interest in Chinese culture and the Confucius Institute, and hoped that the Confucius Institute would be able to participate in subsequent years.

This event expanded the awareness of people in Marlborough of Chinese culture and the Confucius Institute’s work in the South Island.

LIAN Cheng demonstrating plate painting

Mandarin Language Assistant LIAN Cheng demonstrating plate painting


Boys trying out plate painting

Boys give plate painting a go


Mother and son holding plates with pictures of trees on them

Mother and son with their creations


Queue for Chinese calligraphy

Father waiting to have his son's name written in Chinese calligraphy


SUN Kezhong performing Tai Chi

SUN Kezhong from CIUC demonstrates Tai Chi


Chinese women in very long sleeves dancing

Chinese women perform


The stage during the parade of nations

The different nationalities represented at the festival during the Parade of Nations
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