Confucius Institute in Bergen, Norway, Hosts a 2011 Spring Festival Gala for the Year of the Rabbit

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Bergen [Time]    2011-02-23 13:17:09 

Bergen, February 5th, 2011 — In the evening, a Spring Festival gala for the Year of the Rabbit was jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute in Bergen, Norway and Chinese Students and Scholars Association of Bergen (CSSA).

At 6p.m. local time, the gala commenced with an wushu performance elegantly presented by wushu volunteers and students, drawing a gathering of more than 200 audience members seated in the auditorium and with others having to stand behind the back row. The magical wushu moves were sometimes sedate and at other times intense, they commanded the complete attention of the audience and inspired a hushed scilence.

Free combat sparring

Tai chi performance 1

Tai chi performance 2

Coming up next was Sophia, a student of the Conficius Institute’s wushu class, and some Chinese children sang Where is Thumbman? and Good Morning, two Norwegian folk songs, rousing echoes of sentiment across the Norwegian audience. My Deskmate, a Chinese song, brough the Chinese audience to hum along whilst Sophia’s guitar playing was most rhythmic. Honey, a choral piece , was presented by the high school Chinese language students with sweet smiles they sang with clear, fluent Chinese. Meet Me or Not, a poem recited by the Chinese language students at Universitetet i Bergen, won a stream of applause. No Body, a street dance presented by girls of the CSSA, plus a Chinese song presented by both the boys and girls produced were amongst the numerous highlights of the gala.

Norweigian and Chinese songs

Honey as sang by high school Chinese language students

Meet Me or Not, a poetry recital presented by college students studying Chinese language

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