Confucius Institute of Alsace Attended Local Chinese Lunar New Year Exhibition and Celebration

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Alsace [Time]    2012-02-22 15:05:33 

On Sunday, February 5, 2012, Hoenheim Municipal Government’s Festival Hall located in the Alsace District was packed with a crowd attending the large-scale Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, which was jointly held by Alsace’s French-China Friendship Association and Taichi and Qigong Association. The purpose of this activity was to introduce the French people to Chinese arts, culture, and relevant commodities, through the celebration of the Chinese Spring Festival. The event, participated by the Confucius Institute of Alsace which showcased the Chinese textbook used by the Institute, as well as unique Chinese art forms such as paper cutting, Chinese knot making, and Chinese ink painting, began at 10 am and lasted until 7 pm.

From the start, the exhibition stand of the Confucius Institute of Alsace was surrounded by people, of which, some were interested in the Chinese audio chart, some learned paper cutting, some wondered how such beautiful Chinese knots could be created from a simple rope, and others decided to participate in the painting course and learn Chinese painting. Jiang Haijia, Director of the Confucius Institute of Alsace stated in an interview with a reporter from the Latest News of Alsace (Les Dernières Nouvelles d'Alsace) that this festival provided a rich traditional Chinese Spring Festival atmosphere, and presented the CI with an opportunity to introduce the Institute to the general public of France, which enables the Chinese culture to add to cultural diversity of the world and can give people from many different backgrounds a different look on life.

The Institute’s successful participation was made possible by the cooperation between Alsace’s French-China Friendship Association and Taichi and Qigong Association, as well as the continuing support from the Consulate-General of The People's Republic of China in Strasburg and the Chinese Friendship Association in Alsace.

Interaction between paper cut teacher and audience

Weaving Chinese knot

Chinese painting