A Preview of Activities of University of Sydney Confucius Instiute in Second Half of 2010

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The Confucius Institute has continued to hold a series of successful classes and events in recent months. In April, the Institute co-presented two Chinese Calligraphy Workshops with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Almost 300 people attended the event. Shortly afterward, the Institute and the NSW Department of Education and Training co-presented a Chinese Language Teachers' Conference to over 90 teachers from across New South Wales. In May, Jingkun Theatre returned for two nights of Chinese opera at the Seymour Centre and performed to a total audience of almost 1000. Days later, the Institute hosted a public lecture with acclaimed Chinese author Su Tong, who was a guest of the Sydney Writers' Festival.

New Confucius Institute Courses

New Chinese language and culture courses are due to commence in August 2010. The third term of the popular Chinese Painting Class is due to commence on Saturday 7 August. Chinese for Beginners will begin on Monday 2 August. For further details on the different levels currently on offer and to register, please visit our website.

Enhance your Health and Wellbeing with Tai Ji

Does your body ache at the end of day? Do you need to unwind but just can't relax? Did your doctor recommend some exercise, but the gym isn't appealing? If that sounds like you, then look no further than the popular Tai Ji classes at the Confucius Institute. New classes start from 2 August with our considerate, enthusiastic teacher who will take you step-by-step through each form to ensure that you feel the benefits of Tai Ji. In our recent survey, all students rated the teacher as excellent and commented that the class has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The teacher is very mindful of each individual's needs and is genuinely interested in all the participants doing the best that they possibly can.

The class is limited to small numbers, so book your space now to avoid disappointment. For more information and registration, please click here.

AISNSW Chinese Language Teachers Conference

On 21 July 2010, the Confucius Institute and the Association of Independent Schools NSW will co-present a Chinese Language Teachers’ Conference ‘New Direction for Chinese’. This is the second teachers’ conference that the Institute has co-presented in 2010, following the successful NSW DET conference ‘Connected Classroom and the Teaching of Chinese’ that was held in April. The conference will include presentations delivered by leading academics in the fields of Chinese Studies and language teaching and participants will be introduced to the latest developments in the teaching and learning of Chinese. Chinese is one of the four languages included in the national Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program. For more information, click here.

School Principals Lecture Series

The Confucius Institute will present the first in a series of lectures to school principals and teachers from across Sydney’s Western region, organised by the Sydney Region, Department of Education and Training. The lecture on 3 August 2010 is to be delivered by Professor Jeffrey Riegel, Head of the School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts. The address on ‘The Beginnings of the Chinese Writing System and the Origins of Chinese Literature’ is aimed at providing a greater understanding of Chinese language, culture and history, due to the large concentration of students from Chinese backgrounds across the region. Professor Riegel is an expert in the thought, literature and archaeology of early China. For further details, click here.

Public Film Screening: Last Train Home

On 4 August 2010, the Confucius Institute and the Sydney Canadian Film Festival will co-present a screening of the award-winning Last Train Home. Winner of the Best Feature at the prestigious International Documentary Festival and selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, this documentary tells the story of migrant workers the Zhangs, as they journey to visit their estranged family during Chinese New Year. The Confucius Institute has 25 double passes to give away to our community. The first 25 people to register on our website will get one double pass each. For more information about the film and registration, please click here.

Public Seminar: Contemporary Shanghai Writers

Professor Gao Yuanbao, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, is to hold a public seminar on 9 August 2010. At the seminar entitled ‘The Contemporary Shanghai Writers’ Obsession with their Dialect’, Professor Gao aims to discuss the contradictory situation of contemporary Shanghai writers who speak in this Shanghai Hua dialect, yet use common spoken Chinese (Putonghua) to write. Professor Gao is an award-winning literature critic and expert in Chinese literature. For more information, please visit our website.

April Competition Winners

In the April edition of our newsletter, we gave away three double passes to see American-Chinese cellist Jian Wang in concert with the Sydney Symphony. The three lucky winners were Hung-Ying Gill, Idena Rex and Anna St. Clair. We apologise to all of you who entered the competition but didn’t win. In this issue, we are pleased to give you another opportunity to see a world class classical music performance. Please see the next news item below.

Win Tickets to see Australian Chamber Orchestra

Directed by spirited, firebrand young violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s next national tour includes three violin concertos, by Vivaldi, Haydn and Mansurian, as well as Transylvanian folk dances. Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s 2007 tour with the ACO won the Limelight Award for Best Classical Concert of the Year. For your chance to win one of three double passes to the performance on Sunday 18 July 2.30pm at the Sydney Opera House, simply email the Confucius Institute, with the subject title ‘ACO Competition’. The first three people to email us will receive one double pass each.

For more details visit:www.aco.com.au/barefootfiddler

See Confucius Institute Events on YouTube.com

You can now view highlights from two of the Institute’s recent events on YouTube.com.

To see highlights from the Calligraphy workshop, click here.

To view highlights from the Chinese opera performances, click here.

All at the Confucius Institute would like to extend their sincerest thanks and gratitude to our friends and supporters. We hope to see you again soon.

For more information, visitwww.sydney.edu.au/confucius_institute


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