Kite Festival by the Confucius Institute at Bangor University Attracts over 1000 People

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Bangor University [Time]    2014-01-20 14:09:20 
 

The two-week Kite Festival (from September 21st to October 5th, 2013) organized by the Confucius Institute at Bangor University came to a satisfactory close on October 5th, 2013. This year’s festival included 19 activities and was attended by over 1000 people. Among the 19 activities, 12 were kite painting workshops held at the primary and middle schools at Bangor, Colwyn bay, Coedffranc, Llandudno and attended by more than 500 students and 4 others were held in the art centers at Bangor, Holyhead, Coedffranc, Llandudno and were attended by more than 450 people. Among the events held in art centers and studios, there were kite-related talks and indoor kite-flying performances. At Bangor University, a kite painting competition was also held. In a kite painting activity at a school for students with special needs, a teacher told us that it was unprecedentedly amazing that this activity could keep a student fully focused for over 30 minutes because it was difficult for him to focus for even 5 minutes.

In order to better organize this kite festival, with the help of China University of Political Science and Law (the Chinese partner university of the Confucius Institute at Bangor University) and Weifang City Government and support by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Confucius Institute at Bangor University sought help from Mr. Wang Yongxun, a famous kite craftsman from Weifang, the capital of kites in China. Being a master of this intangible cultural heritage, Mr. Wang has won the first prize in the Weifang International Kite Festival and was awarded the “Master of Arts and Craft of Weifang”. In the activity at the Confucius Institute at Bangor University, Mr. Wang introduced the history and cultural significance of kites and students also participated in guessing kite-related riddles and painting kites. The event which was held in an art studio in Coedffranc attracted many local residents who were interested in kites. In the 2-hour talk by Mr. Wang, the audience asked some professional questions, such as the functions of kites in ancient China, how to fly giant dragon kites, which part of kites to release first, the manufacturing of kites and the aerodynamics of indoor kite-flying, and so on.


This year’s festival included 19 activities and was attended by over 1000 people. Here is the event at the Cae Top School at Bangor, in which 70 students were divided into two groups to paint kites. One group of the students was demonstrating their kites.


In a kite painting activity at a school for students with special needs, a teacher told us that it was unprecedentedly amazing that this activity could keep a student fully focused for over 30 minutes because it was difficult for him to focus for even 5 minutes.

The Chinese and British directors of the Confucius Institutes in Northern Ireland were also invited to participate in the activities. The directors, project officers and teachers at the Confucius Institute at Bangor University co-operated closely with volunteers and student ambassadors to complete all the preparation work for the events, such as publicizing the events, purchasing raw materials, preparing the invitation and applying for the visa for the kite master, contacting the schools and art centers, applying for all the legal permissions (photographing permission, news-reporting permission, kite-flying permission and insurances), transporting the materials for activities, organizing the event on the spot, and so on. In the final kite flying event held on the beach at Llandudno, over 300 people tried to fly their kites. Some of them had participated in the kite activities organized by the Confucius Institute many time, among whom a girl and her family joined in all three public events in both Coedffranc and Llandudno. All in all, these events helped increase the influence of the Confucius Institute. Therefore, even when the activities finished, people were still talking about the Kite Festival. For example, in the preparatory meeting for the World Culture Day in which the mayor participated, many people mentioned the kite activities organized by the Confucius Institute.


The talk by Mr. Wang held in an art studio in Coedffranc lasted for 2 hours and attracted many local residents who were interested in kites.


In the activity at the Confucius Institute at Bangor University, Mr. Wang introduced the history and cultural significance of kites and students also participated in guessing kite-related riddles and painting kites.

Launched in September of 2012, the Confucius Institute at Bangor University is officially approved by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and co-established by China University of Political Science and Bangor University in Great Britain. The Institute offers credited Chinese courses to all students at Bangor University, provides support to the School of Law to offer the “law and Chinese” LLB course, and organizes Chinese teaching and Chinese cultural activities to reach primary and middle schools and local communities.


In the final kite flying held on the beach at Llandudno, over 300 people tried to fly their kites.


This girl and her family joined in three public events in both Coedffranc and Llandudno.