Confucius Institute at Tajikistan Nationality University successfully holds the “China-Tajikistan One Family” Gala
On Feb. 22nd, 2016, which was around the time of Chinese Lantern Festival, the 2016 “China-Tajikistan One Family” Gala, jointly hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Tajikistan and the Ministry of Culture of Tajikistan and organized by the Confucius Institute at Tajikistan Nationality University, was held at the Ayni Opera & Ballet Theatre in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan.
Approximately 500 people attended this event, including Rahmonzoda, Representative of the President of Tajikistan and Presidential Assistant; Orumbekzoda, Minister of Culture of Tajikistan; Yue Bin, Chinese Ambassador to Tajikistan; officials of the Tajikistan government; foreign diplomatic envoys and representatives of international organizations in Tajikistan; representatives of overseas Chinese in Tajikistan; as well as people from various sectors of the local society.
Yue Bin, Chinese Ambassador to Tajikistan, delivering a speech at the event
In his remarks at the event, Rahmonzoda first conveyed President Rahmon’s new year greetings to all Chinese people. He said that Tajikistan admires China’s remarkable achievements in its reform and development and expressed his full confidence in the future of China-Tajikistan ties and that Tajikistan will work together with the Chinese side to push the bilateral ties to new heights.
While addressing the event, Ambassador Yue Bin highly commended the rapid development of China-Tajikistan strategic partnership over the last year and expressed his gratitude to all Chinese people in Tajikistan and people from various sectors of the Tajikistan society for their active contributions to the further development of China-Tajikistan traditional friendship and bilateral cooperation in all fields. He also extended to all the guests new year greetings and good wishes for the year of the Monkey and expressed his belief that in the coming new year China-Tajikistan friendship and cooperation will certainly see further progress and embrace an even brighter future.
Students and teachers of the Confucius Classroom at Gymnasium School jointly reciting the Chinese poem Quiet Night Thoughts and Tajik poem Motherland
Chinese teachers from the Confucius Institute performing the Tajik dance Kulyab
Within the two-hour gala, it was full of exciting peaks and ceaseless applause, in which the audience was greatly enchanted by the performances. Apart from the acrobatic and folk music performances by Chinese performers, the Chinese and Tajik youths jointly performed a variety of programs, including Chinese and Tajik classical dance, folk dance, ensemble performance of folk music, and folk songs, in which the melodious and beautiful rhythms and graceful dances fully showcased the diverse and colorful culture and art of both countries.
Among the performances, the song Motherland, which is famous to every household in Tajikistan, by the Tajik meritorious actor and the song Unforgettable Tonight by the Chinese language student with the Chinese name Bailing, who performed for President Xi Jinping and Madam Peng Liyuan during President Xi’s visit to Tajikistan in 2014, pushed the whole event to its climax. At that time, the audience all stood up and burst into warm applause to show their deep appreciation for the spectacular performances. When the show concluded, many of the audience were reluctant to leave and came to the back stage to hug the performers and take photos together, which was a very touching scene.
The guests taking a group photo with the performers
The “China-Tajikistan One Family” Gala is part of the series of events of “Happy Spring Festival” hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Tajikistan and has been held for four times consecutively. Adopting the principles of “Caring for the greater good and better affection, interaction for understanding and cultural heritage” as its major theme, this year’s gala transforms exchanges into sincere friendship amid interaction and creates a beautiful prospect of seeking common development in harmony.
Story by Shi Bin; Photos by Hua Bin