Confucius Institute at Vilnius University Holds Grand “Culture Week” to Celebrate its 6th Anniversary

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Vilnius University in Lithuania [Time]    2017-02-09 14:09:15 

From Nov. 21st to 26th local time, Confucius Institute at Vilnius University in Lithuania held a series of “Culture Week” activities to celebrate the 6th anniversary of its establishment, bringing a cultural feast consisted of calligraphy, martial arts, music and cultural exchanges to local people.

The “Culture Week” began with two lectures of high academic and pragmatic value on Nov. 21st. Professor Peteris Pildegovics, the Latvian director of Confucius Institute at University of Latvia as well as Professor Shang Quanyu, the Chinese director of the institute, were invited to Lithuania to share their research achievements with teachers and students from the Center of Oriental Studies at Vilnius University. Professor Pildegovics described how he compiled the Selected Latvian-Chinese and Chinese-Latvian Dictionary with all his efforts and shared his troubles and happiness in that process. Teachers and students also put forward many professional questions for discussion. It’s worth mentioning that during the China-hosted “16+1 Summit” between China and the Central and Eastern European countries, Professor Pildegovics gave a Selected Latvian-Chinese and Chinese-Latvian Dictionary to Premier Li Keqiang as a gift of great significance. Appreciating the gift, Li praised this dictionary as “the bridge of China-Latvia friendship”.

Lecture given by Professor Pildegovics.

Lecture given by Professor Shang Quanyu.

On Nov. 23rd, Confucius Institute at Vilnius University held a “Night of Gratitude” concert, during which over 50 overseas Chinese students and Chinese musicians presented local people with Chinese folk music, chorus and other performances. Rector of Vilnius University and Chinese Ambassador to Lithuania extended their warm congratulations to the Confucius Institute at Vilnius University, and highly praised the significant contributions made by the Confucius Institute to Chinese language teaching and cultural exchanges between China and Lithuania.

“Night of Gratitude” Concert

“Night of Gratitude” Concert

On Nov. 24th, an activity for experiencing Chinese calligraphy was held at the new site of Confucius Institute at Vilnius University. Thirty calligraphy lovers engaged in the activity learned brush calligraphy under the guidance of teachers.

Calligraphy practice

Calligraphy works

On Nov. 25th, fifty middle school teachers and students from Swanjohnnis visited the Confucius Institute at Vilnius University together with the guests. They read the Chinese books, leaned Chinese pronunciations and the writing of Chinese characters, and also experienced Chinese martial arts. The guide teacher said that starting from 2017, they will organize a group of students to study in Confucius Institute every week in order to help them know more about Chinese culture in an all-round way.

Students from Swanjohnnis learning martial arts etiquette

Students from Swanjohnnis learning Chinese

On Nov.26th, led by coaches and parents, a group of children, who are also martial arts lovers, visited the Confucius Institute to experience the Chinese martial arts. The teacher explained the meaning of the character “武 (Wu)”, and taught the students to practice the basic skills of martial arts. The children excitedly showed what they had learned and performed a set of Shaolin boxing to the audience. What’s more, they also had an interesting Chinese language class.

Young students from Lithuania Martial Arts Association learning martial arts

“Little Martial Arts Practitioners” from Lithuania Martial Arts Association learning Chinese

This activity deepened local people’s understanding of Chinese culture, aroused their curiosities to Chinese language and Chinese culture, and expanded the influence of the Confucius Institute at the same time.