Chinese Cultural Week at Confucius Institute of Reunion Island

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Réunion Island [Time]    2012-02-15 11:09:02 

The « Chinese Cultural Week », held in the spirit of the the french-chinese linguistic year, is one of the most important event organised by the Confucius Institute of Réunion Island on the occasion of the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. The goal of this first cultural week is to promote cultural and artistic exchanges between China and La Réunion and make the name of « Confucius Institute » known all around the island.

GUO Gan jazzed in harmony along with his fellow Reunionese musicians

The 6th of February was held the opening night of this « Chinese Cultural Week » at the Vladimir Canter theatre in the University of la Réunion. GUO Gan, real maestro of the two strings erhu, along with three local musicians performed in a wonderful Jazz concert with a touch of traditionnal Chinese melody. The university theater welcomed an unprecedented large crowd full of adults and children, local and foreigners, cultural and administrative delegates, academics and others... The crowd roared its approval when the erhu master featuring a band of local musicians won the audience over with a unique jazz combination of Chinese and Reunionese traditionnal instruments. As the dean of the Confucius Institute of la Réunion, Miss WANG Jing accurately put it in in her opening speech « Culture and arts are two wonderful things. Combining the culture and arts of two disctintly different civilizations in such a symbiosis is exciting and only strengthens the relations between Reunionese and Chinese. This is one of the missions of the Confucius Institute. »

The 8th of February, the Tampon multimedia library (South of Reunion Island) welcomed the Confucius Institute and invited GUO Gan to perform in a solo erhu concert. Hundreds of spectators got a glimpse of the charm that traditional Chinese instruments have to offer.

The « Chinese Cultural Week » lasted until the 11th of February. This week included an open day at the Confucius Institute with an exhibition of traditional Chinese paintings, a calligraphy and art of making tea workshop ; was scheduled as well a cinema day with a selection of Chinese movies and documentaries.

Young students happily gathered for an improvised beginners' Chinese class at the Chinese Cultural Week