Queenstown Winter Festival - Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

CIUC Participated in the 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival

Dressed up adults doing Tai Chi

On 25 June, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was invited to participate in 2017 Queenstown Winter Festival Carnival.

The Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the start of winter with four days of fun events and attacts tens of thousands of tourists from home and abroad. CIUC provided a range of cultural activities in the “igloo” as a part of the celebration of the carnival, which was the closing event of the festival.

CIUC staff presented Chinese calligraphy by writing the Chinese translation of the tourists’ names on the rice paper with brush and ink and the tourists were intrigued by the profound meaning of the Chinese characters. Outside the igloo, a CIUC staff member performed martial arts and a number of locals were interested and watched the instructor with interest.

In addition, a lot of people were attracted by CIUC’s Chinese knots and lantern making. Children and their parents created their own lanterns with the help of the CIUC staff and local volunteers. The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Christchurch sponsored CIUC to provide 300 lanterns to children free of charge. All of these activities were extremely well received by the tourists and local people.

The activities were held from 12pm to 9pm with a continuous stream of people taking part. About 50 000 people participated in the Queenstown Winter Festival over the 4 days.

Adults holding Chinese names drawn on rice paper

Small boys holding up lanterns

Small girls holding up lanterns

Out of the window of the igloo with a mountain in the background

Yunjiao CHEN helps a boy to make a lantern

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