CIKU Held 2011 Spring Festival Celebration and Cultural Events

[Source]    Confucius Institute at The University of Kansas [Time]    2011-02-23 16:09:01 

To celebrate Chinese Spring Festival and welcome the year of rabbit in cheers and laughter, Mr. Mark Funkhouser, Mayor of Kansas City Missouri, Mr. Chu Maoming, Deputy Consul General from General Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Chicago, together with fourteen hundred people gathered in Yardley Hall Johnson County Community College watched the gala show held jointly by Kansas City Chinese American Association, KU Confucius Institute and Edgar Snow Foundation February 5th evening.

Different from the previous New Year celebration, this year’s gala was accompanied by some cultural activities in the Hall lobby starting at 2pm. With Chinese culture decorations the lobby was filled with 20 Chinese culture tables, six of which had CIKU attendants who displayed calligraphy, abacus, paper cutting, Chinese chess, opera mask and dragon making. These tables attracted hundreds of kids and parents to have a try and then showed their fruits/products, making the lobby a place of cheers and laughter.

Before the celebration gala started at 7 pm, the Mayor and the Deputy Consul General gave the audience New Year’s greetings, wishing them happy New Year. After a group dance, nine CIKU Chinese language instructors and 13 high school students from different places, all in bright red t-shirts with yellow rabbit design on them, sang Gongxi Gongxi (Happy Blessing of the New Year). With its joyful rhythm and cheerful words the song brought the evening gala into its first clime. KU Confucius Institute partner, Huazhong Normal University brought the audience very entertaining duet, traditional Chinese music instruments performance of JESSMINE , paper cutting dance. Also, Accompanied to the music of GU ZHEN, a Taiqi master from Huazhong performed some WU SHU(martial arts), whose movements are either as fluent as water flow or as fast as moving clouds, and express the gentle side of traditional Chinese music and the strong will of WU SHU. All the performances from Huazhong won thunder applause.

After the new year gala was over, many audiences went to the stage and had photos taken with performers. “It’s one of the most significant events for the Chinese community in Kansas City to celebrate the Spring Festival. People in this area have more opportunities to embrace Chinese culture and have better understanding of China”, said a Kansas City American friend. This is what KU Confucius Institute is striving for. (By Wu, Yilan)