Confucius Institute in Belgrade Hosts Evening Gala to Greet National Day and Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-10-08 14:43:31 

Principal of the No. 13 Middle School giving a speech

Red lantern dance

Belgrade, on the evening of September 27th—after nearly half a month’s careful preparation by the Confucius Institute in Belgrade an evening gala entitled “Reciting and Singing—Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival and Greeting National Day” was held at No. 13 Middle School. The institute’s Foreign Dean, Prof. Radosav Pusic, Chinese Dean Prof. Chen Yudong, No. 13 Middle School’s headmaster, Mr. Vuckovic, teachers and students from the institute and the middle school watched the performance.

The gala began with the song “The Moon Represents My Heart” by students of Chinese language from the University of Belgrade. The Serbian poem “Waterfront and Moonlight” fully expressed the Serbs’ love for the moon. Volunteer teachers worked with Serbian students in reciting the Chinese poem “Thinking of You”. Mr. Li, a teacher from the Communication University of China demonstrated Chinese calligraphy. The performances, which were excellent, drew rounds of applause from the audience and stimulated students’ interest in Chinese culture. Songs, dances and poems blended the full moon and gatherings with patriotic feelings and Sino-Serbian friendship.

Dean Chen delivering a speech

Chinese calligraphy

The gala beginning

The activity caught the broader attention of local citizens. A number of media outlets including Guangming Daily, Xinhua News Agency, China International Radio and Belgrade TV Station reported on the event.