Celebration of the Sucess of a Performance Presented by the Cultural Exchange Troupe of Xinjiang Normal University Dispatched by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Kyrghyzstan

[Source]    Confucius Institute Headquarters in Kyrghyzstan [Time]    2011-01-18 17:33:25 
 


The Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University holding activities at the 2nd Secendary School of Bishkek

At 10a.m. on January 7th, 2011, local time, the China Confucius Institute Headquarters at Xinjiang Normal University's New Year 'Three Tours' Cultural Exchange Troupe, led by Xia Banbai, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Yang Haiping, Deputy Secretary of Party Committee, arrived at Manas airport of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Teachers and students at the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University warmly welcomed their arrival at the airport.

The cultural exchange activity was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquaters of P.R.China and was hosted by Xinjiang Normal University. Upon receiving the task, Xinjiang Normal University was given strong support by the Ministry of Education of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, arranging the event by means of a fast response. The event was held in advance of Chinese New Year 2011 and after Kyrghyzstan's New Year, therefore bringing New Year's greetings to Kyrghyzstani people once again and also allowing for Kyrghyzstani people to experience a Chinese Spring Festival atmoshpere. The troupe's cultural exchange activity with the theme: Spending a Happy Spring Festival and Expericecing China was made up of three sections, simply known as a performance of 'three tours' ----a tour lecture introducing Chinese Spring Festival , a tour exhibition showcasing Chinese Spring Festival's art and a Chinese Spring Festival artistic performance. Amongst the three sections, the tour lecture and tour exhibition were undertaken by the entire Chinese language faculty and volunteers at the Confucius Institute under the leadership of Wang Zhe, Director of the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University.

The cultural exchange troupe made 5 performances in Kyrghyzstan, drawing an audience of approximately 10,000 local people along with overseas Chinese people in attendance. Major reports on the event were conducted by several Kyrghyzstan media outlets.

At 11a.m. on January 8th local time, two groups, the 'Three Tours' troupe plus another group formed by the teachers and students of the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University, went to the 2nd Secendary School of Bishkek and the 69th Secendary School of Bishkek seperately to give warm-up performances. These were met by high regard from their two audiences.


The Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University holding activities at the 69th Secendary School of Bishkek

On January 10th, the 'Three Tour' troupe commenced its performance at Kyrgyz National University. At 11a.m.local time, the Spring Festival tour lecture and tour exhibition were unveiled at Kyrgyz National University. The university's main building decorated with auspicious lanterns and ribborns was alive with Chinese style. As a result, many of the visitors mistook themselves for having been transported to China. In the lobby on the first floor, exhibition boards introducing Chinese Spring Festival formed from more than 30 Yilabao drawing boards as well as videos specially produced by Xinjiang Normal University drew the attention of many guests. In the center of the lobby were six tour exhibition sections---tea ceremony, Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, Chinese knots, Chinese national paitings and a demostration of how the Chinese people give New Year's greetings. They had been carefully arranged by the teachers and students at the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University. Within the six sections visitors were invited to taste the Pu'er tea, learn how to write Chinese calligraphy, how to do paper-cutting, how to weave auspicious Chinese knots and how to paint Chinese paitings. Additionally, students were also invited to learn how to say Chinese New Year's greetings and how children say 'happy new year' to their elders, allowing for the students to experience the custom of making Chinese New Year's greetings. Students at the event also received 'lucky money'. The Spring Festival artistic performance commenced at 1p.m.. Leaders, including Wang Kaiwen, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Gu Ping, Ambassador Wang's wife, Xia Banbai, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Deputy Minister of Education and Yang Haiping, Party Deputy Secretary, watched the performance and participated in many of the interactive segments with great interest.

The show was unveiled to the sounds of cheerful drumming and contained 7 sections: an opening song and dance, a series of operas, a calligraphy performance, a series of Chinese and foreign pop songs, Xinjiang songs and dance performances, music and painting performances and songs and dances for the closing of the show. These performances were the joint efforts of students from Xinjiang Normal University, the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University and the Confucius Classroom at the 31st Secondary School of Bishkek affiliated with the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University.

Following the show, Mr. Wang Kaiwen, Chinese Ambassador to Kyrghyzstan, made a comprehensive acknowledgement of the Chinese promotional work conducted by the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Ministry of Education, Xinjiang Normal University and the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University.


Teachers at the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University carefully demonstrating Chinese paintings at a tour exhibition site--- Bishkek Youth Center


Students at the 69th Secendary School of Bishkek singing Young Friends Come Together at Bishkek Youth Center

At 11a.m. on January 11th, the 'Three Tours' troupe performed at the Bishkek Youth Center at the invitation of the Kyrgyz Women's Federation. At 11a.m. the next day, the troupe performed at Bishkek Humanities University. They flew across the border to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in completion of the tour performance which took place in five middle-Asian countries.

(Contributed by Tong Yi from the Confucius Institute at Kyrgyz National University)