Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne Holds the Fifth Melbourne Chinese Opera Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne [Time]    2014-04-18 16:24:49 

Melbourne Chinese Opera Festival 2014 was successfully held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday, March 16. As one of the celebration programs of the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institute, the festival was hosted by the Chinese Opera Festival Organizing Committee of Melbourne and co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne. It intended to demonstrate the charm of Chinese traditional operas to Melbourne citizens, and extend the influence of the quintessence of Chinese culture in foreign lands. Honorable guests who attended the event included Ms Julia Gong, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, Mr. Huang Fengwen, Vice Consul-General of The People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, and many government officials of the State of Victoria.

On the day of the opera festival, the Melbourne Town Hall was well decorated with bright lanterns and festoons, producing a characteristic Chinese flavor. The host organized an all-day open exhibition of Chinese Opera for citizens to familiarize themselves with the historical origins of Chinese Opera. Programs in this festival were performed in two parts, where Beijing Opera, Shanghai Opera, Guizhou Opera, and modern opera took their turns to come out on the stage. The foreign audience were overwhelmed by the wonderful performance of classic pieces, such as Daiyu Entering the Mansion, Female Generals of the Yang Family, Legend of the White Snake, and Farewell My Concubine. The Dual Face Changing performance of Sichuan Opera won deafening applause for their superb skills and active interactions with the audience. What’s more, the folk music performance also enchanted the audience with the unique charisma of Chinese music, bringing them to an imaginary scene of a cottage standing by the bridge with river flowing under and an ancient street with wind blowing from the west. The performance given by nearly a hundred of amateur and professional opera performers was definitely a feast of brilliant auditory and visual effects to the Melbourne citizens.

Face Changing performance at the festival

Culture belongs not only to a nation, but also to the whole world. Liu Xiufeng, Member of the Victorian Multicultural Commission, said in the interview that Australia embraces the idea of multi-culture, and the wonderful performances brought by Chinese art groups every year have great significance. The full attendance of this festival well demonstrated the ever-increasing influence of Chinese culture in foreign countries. The Australian people fully enjoyed this artistic feast of Chinese culture.

By Huang Jie