Confucius Institute at University of Antananarivo holds the Opening Ceremony for 2015 Confucius Institute Day and a Chinese calligraphy & painting exhibition
On August 24th local time, the Confucius Institute at University of Antananarivo, Madagascar, held the opening ceremony for the 2015 Confucius Institute Day and a Chinese calligraphy & Chinese painting Exhibition. The attendees to the ceremony included Mr. Ralijaona Christian, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Madagascar; Counselor Shi Yuli, Chargé d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Madagascar; Madam Rabemanantsoa Rocquie, President of the Council of University of Antananarivo; Prof. Ramaanoelina Panja, President of University of Antananarivo; some other officials and heads of relevant faculties at University of Antananarivo; a 10-person delegation of Jiangxi Normal University; Chinese representatives in Madagascar; and teachers and students from the Confucius Institute.
In the beginning, Secretary-General Christian, Counselor Shi Yuli together with President Rocquie cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the Chinese calligraphy & painting exhibition. The over fifty works on display were all created by outstanding teachers from the College of Fine Arts of Jiangxi Normal University, including paintings featuring figures, landscapes, plants and birds. The traditional Chinese brushwork and classical Chinese poems both revealed the profundity of Chinese culture, giving Madagascar students a chance to experience the charm of traditional Chinese culture.
Mr. Christian Secretary-General of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Madagascar giving an address
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Chinese calligraphy & painting exhibition
Works of Chinese calligraphy and painting
In his speech at the following opening ceremony for the 2015 Confucius Institute Day, Counselor Shi Yuli praised the Confucius Institute at University of Antananarivo for its seven year’s efforts in making itself a spreader of the Chinese language and culture in Madagascar, a window for Madagascar people to know about China, and a platform for cultural exchange and cooperation between China and Madagascar. Also among the speakers were Mr. Christian, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Madagascar, and Hou Guisheng, head of the Jiangxi Normal University delegation. They acknowledged the remarkable achievements made by the Confucius Institute jointly built by University of Antananarivo and Jiangxi Normal University. They also wished the Confucius Institute Day celebrations and the Chinese calligraphy & painting exhibition a complete success. Afterwards, Confucius Institute students gave well-received dance shows, including Flying Start and Beijing Opera Woman Flower in Chinese style, and exotic dances typical of six Madagascar provinces.
Confucius Institute students performing Beijing Opera Woman Flower
After the opening ceremony, Prof. Liu Songlai from the College of Literature in Jiangxi Normal University gave a presentation on the topic of Classic of Poetry and Chinese Culture to teachers and students of the Confucius Institute. Prof. Liu said that Classic of Poetry is a mirror of ancient China through which modern people can have access to the past, and it is also the fountainhead of Chinese culture. He encouraged teachers and students of the Confucius Institute to read Classic of Poetry more. Afterwards, Prof. Zhang Yizhong from the Higher Education Research Center gave another equally informative and inspiring presentation, outlining the current situation of China’s higher education from the aspects of its size, educational equality, and cooperation and exchange with other institutions.
When the speeches finished, artists from Jiangxi Normal University gave a special lesson for Confucius Institute students to experience Chinese calligraphy and painting. They explained and showed skills in Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting, attracting wide participation. Ink fragrance and romantic poetry could be felt in the air. Many students got their Chinese names written by calligraphers. They said that these are the most memorable gifts they’ve received since they entered the Confucius Institute.
A taste of Chinese painting
A taste of Chinese calligraphy
The 2015 Confucius Institute Day celebrations organized by the Confucius Institute at University of Antananarivo will last for over a month, from August 24th to September 28th. Later on there will be over ten Chinese language and cultural events like experience activities and lectures on traditional Chinese medicine, an experience-sharing meeting for studying in China, a Chinese chorus contest, a Chinese song karaoke contest, and fun sports games, all of which will bring a feast of Chinese culture for Madagascar people.