Chinese Paper-cut Art Exhibition Held by the Confucius Institute at University of Regina, Canada

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Regina [Time]    2014-02-28 16:05:55 

It was Spring Festival again when Chinese all over the world were celebrating. Paper cuts and pasting them on windows are old traditions among Chinese people, especially those in northern part of China. From January 23rd, 2014 to January 31st, 2014, in order to liven up the festivity of the Spring Festival in local communities, a Chinese Paper-cut Art Exhibition was held by the Confucius Institute at University of Regina, Canada.


At 11: 30 on January 23rd, the Paper-cut Art Exhibition was officially opened. Students and teachers who were longing to see the exhibits gathered at the Global Learning Center at the University of Regina. First, Ms. Vianne Timmons, President of University of Regina, delivered her opening speech, congratulating on the opening of this art show and sending her New Year wishes to everyone. Then, Mr. Dave Button, Chair of the Boad of the Confucius Institute, introduced the development of the Institute and the preparations for this art exhibition. After that, Mr. Wang Xinping, Consul General of Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Calgary, made his warm congratulatory remarks and cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony together with Ms. Vianne Timmons, President of University of Regina.

Several hundred guests, with great attention, appreciated the paper-cut exhibits one by one, which were created based on flowers, birds, human figures, Chinese Zodiac, folktales and traditional Chinese operas. Some of them asked questions about the history of paper cutting, aesthetic tastes of Chinese people, the artistic exaggeration and techniques in paper cutting. For all these questions, teachers from the Confucius Institute provided their responses and also held discussions with them. Some visitors even tried to cut an image of a panda by using the scissors and color papers provided at the site. In the following several days after its opening, more students from the University of Regina and students from elementary and secondary schools in the city of Regina came to visit the exhibition. A principal from a local Chinese secondary school in Regina came to take photos of exhibition and planned to present the exhibits in the form of slides to the students. All the artistic exhibits had a rural flavor and reflected the lives and aesthetic tastes of Chinese working people. All in all, this art show achieved good results.


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