“Harmonious Beauty of Various Civilizations Lies in Combining Differences”
——Confucius Institute in Armenia Holds 2017 Central Asian Culture Festival
From Jan. 26th to 28th, on the occasion of bidding farewell to the old year and celebrating the coming Lunar New Year, the Confucius Institute at Yerevan “Brusov” State University of Languages and Social Sciences of Armenia jointly held the Central Asian Traditional Culture Festival with Sanguang Tea Club and Armenian Association of Martial Arts.
The main focus of this Culture Festival was culture display and cultural exchanges. Over 100 people, including Narine, Director of Armenian Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum, Robert, President of the Sanguang Tea Club, Chobanyan, Chairman of Armenian Association of Martial Arts, Chinese and foreign Directors as well as teachers of the Confucius Institute, Chinese culture lovers and others, participated the event.
The exchange activities under the theme of the “cultural heritages----Armenian wine and Chinese tea" were held at Sanguang Tea Club in Yerevan on Jan. 26th. In his speech, Robert said that he has been committed to the spread of Chinese culture in Armenia and been keen on the research and learning Chinese tea, Tai Chi and traditional Chinese medicine culture for more than 30 years. The cooperation with the Confucius Institute in Armenia helped to realize his dream which lasted for many years.
During the activities, the club specially invited a senior sommelier to make a detailed introduction to Armenian red wine culture and conduct a comparative analysis on red wine and Chinese tea. Robert gave a Chinese tea art performance and explained the origins and tea-tasting gist of Dahongpao tea. Later on, the Confucius Institute teacher Jin Jiyun introduced the internal relations between tea culture and Chinese people's daily life as well as that between the tea culture and the Chinese Confucianism & Taoism culture.
A senior sommelier introducing Armenian red wine culture
Jin Jiyun talking about tea and Chinese culture
Tea art performance
“National Features of Chinese and Armenian Fairy Tales" special exchange activities were held in the Armenian Tumanyan Museum on Jan. 27. Narine lectured on the Armenian and Chinese fairy tales. Taking Chinese fairy tales including “The Woodcutter and Three Axes”, “Five Brothers of the Liu Family”, “Cats and Dogs”, and the Armenian fairy tale "The Noble Man" as examples, Narine analyzed the conception, content and narrative characteristics of the two countries’ fairy tales. She believed that the traditional fairy tales of the two countries share the common characteristics of advocating goodness, courage, honesty and other virtues. These fairy tales have been handed down from generation to generation, shaping the characters of these two ancient nations in Central Asia.
Director o Narine introducing the Armenian and Chinese fairy tales
Gevorgyan, an Armenian expert of Chinese culture, briefed the attendees on Chinese Go, Chinese chess and their implied philosophical ideas. He also introduced the origins and customs of the Spring Festival as well as the formation of traditional Chinese culture.
Gevorgyan, Armenian expert of Chinese culture briefing the attendees on Chinese Go and Chinese chess
The “Chinese Martial Arts in Armenia” show opened in Yerevan Water Park on Jan. 28. The martial arts team from the Armenian Association of Martial Arts gave Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Sword, Shaolin Long Fist, Stick Acrobatic Play and Boxing performances for more than 100 spectators.
Tai Chi pushing hands performance
Tai Chi experts
Teachers of the Confucius Institute and some experts posing for a group photo
At the closing ceremony, the Armenian National Dance Company gave a performance with masculine beauty. Robert and Gor, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute, delivered speeches respectively. This event has enhanced the understanding and mutual trust between the friendly personages of the two countries in Central Asia, promoted the non-governmental exchanges between the two countries, and made useful explorations for the future people-to-people friendly exchanges in Central Asia.
Story by: Wang Xueting and Jin Jiyun