Confucius Institute at Bryant University holds “WaterFire” in celebration of its 10th anniversary
On September 24th, to celebrate the global “Confucius Institute Day” and the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute at Bryant University, the Confucius Institute held the event of “WaterFire” with the theme of “Chinese Culture Night” in the city center of Providence, capital of Rhode Island, attracting around 40,000 local people and visitors from all over the world.
Guests addressing the event (from right to left): Consul Chang Quansheng, Prof. Hong Yang, Academician Hao Fang, and Chairman Huang Bin
Chang Quansheng, Consul of the Education Office of the Chinese Consulate General in New York; Hao Fang, Vice-President of China University of Geosciences (Wuhan); and Huang Bin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jingdezhen Huangyao Ceramics Co. Ltd. attended and addressed the event. They spoke highly of the achievements of the Confucius Institute at Bryant University in these ten years, extended their best wishes to the audience and visitors and encouraged them to get to know and experience the Chinese culture.
Prof. Hong Yang delivering a speech
Hong Yang, Vice President for International Affairs of Bryant University and Director of the Confucius Institute at Bryant University, delivered a speech to the audience, explaining the mission of the Confucius Institute at Bryant University in promoting the Chinese culture.
The art troupe from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) performing a lion dance
The dragon dance team from Bryant University displaying a golden dragon
The “WaterFire” began with a lively lion dance performed by the art troupe from China University of Geosciences (Wuhan). The ensemble of musical instruments showcased the distinctive and rich artistic appeal of traditional Chinese instruments such as pipa (Chinese lute), yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) and dizi (Chinese flute); The dance of the Dai ethnic group, full of emotional appeal from the southland, spurred the audience to wonder how an ethnic group good at dancing to express the goodness of heart through body language; the long-standing Chinese Kung Fu marveled the audience through various moves with fists, palms, swords and cudgels; The Dunhuang dance demonstrated its distinctiveness through various aspects from costumes, dancing posture to music; accompanied by the elegant and soothing music of “Fen Mo Spring and Autumn”, the dragon dance team from Bryant University presented a golden dragon along the river, exuding majestic power to the full against the sunset glow and under the audience’s attention.
A large crowd of people at the “Chinese Culture Street”
A booth for cultural experience
At the bonfire ceremony, hundreds of bonfires placed on the Providence River were lit and the flame illuminated the night sky. Later, many visitors headed for Steeple Street to visit the “Chinese Culture Street”. The Confucius Institute at Bryant University set up several elaborately decorated cultural experience booths for calligraphy, paper-cut, ceramics, costumes of ethnic minorities, Chinese knots and games with Chinese characteristics, providing visitors with opportunities to understand and experience the Chinese culture. In the crowded “Chinese Culture Street”, thousands of visitors gathered here to experience the Chinese culture and celebrate, together with the Confucius Institute at Bryant University, the global “Confucius Institute Day” and the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute.
The “WaterFire” of Providence, known as the “Providence Pearl”, has been held for 22 years and is the most famous public cultural event in southern New England. In recent years, the Confucius Institute at Bryant University collaborates with “WaterFire” every year to organize activities themed “Chinese Culture Night”, having effectively promoted the Chinese culture by virtue of this public platform.
Story by Chen Li & Xie Kun