Irish President attends the Spring Festival Gala held by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

[Source]    the UCD Confucius Institute [Time]    2015-03-11 16:42:08 
 

On February 16, 2015, the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland was immersed in a festive atmosphere in that the Spring Festival Gala sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland was staged here to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Goat. An audience of over 1,200 watched the gala, including President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Xu Jianguo and his wife Ni Li.


Students from the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland performing at the Spring Festival Gala


Confucius Classroom Award Ceremony

Before the gala started, the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland held an award ceremony to announce the official establishment of its three new Confucius Classrooms. Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Xu Jianguo, Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and UCD Deputy President Professor Mark Rogers respectively conferred the nameplates upon the Confucius Classrooms at Galway Education Center, the Confucius Classroom at Jesus and Mary College and the Confucius Classroom at Our Lady’s School Terenure. To date, the UCD Confucius Institute has had eight Confucius Classrooms affiliated with it.

At the gala, students from the UCD Confucius Institute brought quite some spectacular shows. For instance, college and middle school students from the UCD Confucius Institute and the Confucius Classroom at Jesus and Mary College performed a classic Chinese song named Love and a modern song & dance show adapted from a hit Chinese song of Little Apple. Red Poppy Ladies' Percussion, the first female percussion band in China, presented to the viewers Mulan, a unique combination of traditional Chinese percussion performance with modern music. This widespread legendary story in Chinese folklore was successfully presented to the audience.

The audience all marveled at the Chinese-language proficiency of the students and were deeply attracted to the story of “bravery shown by a woman in battles” manifested through the magnificent traditional Chinese percussion performance, which really brought down the house.


Performers interacting with the audience


President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins (L3) and Chinese ambassadors


President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and the staff

After the gala, President Higgins extended his congratulations on the success of the gala and took a photo together with the staff.

 
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