Confucius Institute at University of Bahrain hosts first Chinese Culture Week

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of Bahrain [Time]    2016-05-27 08:58:27 

From May 8th to 12th, local time, the Confucius Institute at University of Bahrain (UoB) hosted the Chinese Culture Week, the first one since the establishment of the Confucius Institute in 2014, at the main hall of the administration building of the UoB. Activities at this Chinese Culture Week mainly included an exhibition of traditional Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, tea ceremony, Chinese martial arts and Chinese food, as well as a talk on Chinese dragon culture and culture of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Leading officials, teachers and students of UoB, members of the Chinese class for government officials, overseas Chinese, representatives of Chinese enterprises and Chinese students in Bahrain attended the event and enjoyed the performances.

UoB’s President Prof. Riyad Hamzah and Chinese Ambassador to Bahrain Mr. Qi Zhenhong jointly cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Chinese Culture Week

On the morning of May 9th, the Chinese Culture Week officially kicked off. Guests attending the opening ceremony and jointly cutting the ribbon were Mr. Qi Zhenhong, Chinese Ambassador to Bahrain; Prof. Riyad Hamzah, President of UoB; Prof. Waheeb Essa Al-Naser, Vice President of UoB; and Ms. Wu Xueying, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute. Teachers and students of the Bahrain Taichi and Wushu Center staged some spectacular performances of Chinese martial arts, leading to rounds of applause from the audience.

UoB’s President Prof. Riyad Hamzah and UoB’s Vice President Prof. Waheeb Essa Al-Naser tasting crispy fingered shortbread and chrysanthemum pastries

The guests not only visited the booths for traditional Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy and tea ceremony, but also tasted some Chinese food with unique flavors such as dumplings, spring rolls, crispy fingered shortbread and chrysanthemum pastries. The flower-and-bird paintings with tranquil and elegant images, Chinese calligraphy with powerful and vigorous strokes, and performance of tea ceremony amid exquisite fragrance brought a visual feast to the audience, manifesting a perfect combination of power and beauty as well as strength and gentleness, winning compliments and praises from the audience.

Participants at the event appreciating traditional Chinese paintings

In addition, around 20 exquisite traditional Chinese paintings of flowers and birds created by Ms. Wang Yongyan, a volunteer Chinese teacher of the Confucius Institute, were exhibited specially for this event. She also took the opportunity to present the history of Chinese flower-and-bird paintings to the participants, and created a painting of elegant and fresh autumn chrysanthemums as a gift for UoB’s President Prof. Riyad Hamzah. The participants at the event, who were deeply amazed by these paintings, appreciated them attentively and took photos together with them.

UoB’s President Prof. Riyad Hamzah receiving the gift of a traditional Chinese flower-and-bird painting

UoB’s President Prof. Riyad Hamzah receiving the gift of Chinese calligraphy

Then, Mr. Kong Jun, Vice President of the Dragon City Bahrain, offered a splendid talk on the Chinese “dragon culture” to teachers and students of the University of Bahrain, who all said that it was such a enjoyable talk and also a rare opportunity to experience the Chinese culture.

The group photo of teachers and students of the Bahrain Taichi and Wushu Center and members of the Chinese class for government officials

This Chinese Culture Week, as an event with huge influence at the University of Bahrain and in local society, has caused a great sensation among the local public and overseas Chinese people in Bahrain. This event was covered by Xinhuanet, mainstream press in Bahrain and UoB’s official micro-blog (weibo). For the first time, Gulf Daily News, the English-language newspaper with significant influence in the Gulf region, also reported this event held by the Confucius Institute at UoB.

Adopting culture as its medium, this event showcases traditional Chinese arts to people in Bahrain and offers them an opportunity to learn the Chinese language and develop their love for the Chinese culture, which further promotes the influence and reputation of the Confucius Institute at UoB and lays a sound foundation for enhancing cultural exchanges between China and Bahrain and strengthening the Chinese language teaching in Bahrain.

By Xiao Yunjie