Third Annual Egyptian University Student Chinese-Language Comedy Skit Competition Held in Cairo

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Cairo University [Time]    2017-05-23 08:59:51 
 

On Apr. 29th local time, the Third Annual Egyptian University Student Chinese-Language Comedy Skit Competition, organized by the Confucius Institute at Cairo University and Cairo University’s Chinese Department, was held in the conference center at Cairo University. Competitors from 5 Egyptian universities, 2 Confucius Institutes and the Chinese Culture Center in Cairo performed 9 side-splitting skits that demonstrated the unique charm of Chinese skit comedy to the Egyptian audience.

Since being first held in 2015, the contest has become an important platform for improving the Chinese proficiency of Egyptian students and creating an atmosphere conducive to language learning. Furthermore, the activity is a welcome addition to school life since it promotes cultural exchanges between the Chinese and Egyptian youth.


New Edition of To the Southeast, the Peacock Flies

During the competition, students held up banners in Chinese and shouted Chinese slogans to cheer the contestants. The scripts were diversified with in-depth cultural perspectives. Among the skits performed were classic Spring Festival Gala skits like Switching Roles with My Father and White Lies, as well as original ones such as the new edition of To the Southeast, the Peacock Flies; “Happy” Chinese Learning, which depicted the sweat and sweets in Chinese learning; The Smart Phone Syndrome, which ironically appealed to all those who, in our technology-driven world, can’t seem to help to free themselves from being hostages to social media. The Crickets and Grasshoppers Talking Big on the other hand, portrayed innocence and enthusiasm.


Women’s Minds


Interviewing with My Mom

Judges laid their scores comprehensively to all the skits in terms of content, language articulation, performance, costumes, props and creativity. The performers spoke fluent Chinese with impeccable grammar and acted with coordination, and their costumes and props were interesting and original. It was not only a competition of Chinese language but also a trial of confidence and courage, and even a show of passion and vigor. Their fully-devoted performance blew the audience away, winning rounds of warm applause.


Judges taking group photos with first-prize winners

After intense competition, the new edition of To the Southeast, the Peacock Flies performed by Esraa Maher and Esraa Mohamed’s team from the Confucius Institute at Cairo University came out on top; and two skits named Interviewing with My Mom and Women’s Mind from Ain Shams University came second. The third prizes were handed to My Rebellious Children from the Chinese Department of Cairo University, White Lies from the Chinese Culture Center in Cairo and The Smart Phone Syndrome from Pharos University.


Judges awarding the Best Actor/Actress and the Best Chinese-Speaker

Passant Sayed Khalil from the Chinese Department of Cairo University won Best Actress for her superb acting in My Rebellious Children, while Mohamed Farouk from the Chinese Culture Center in Cairo snatched Best Actor for his outstanding performance in White Lies. Sarrah Othman Shawky from Ain Shams University won Best Chinese-Speaker for her stellar performance in Interviewing with My Mom.

Story by Hua Ruifang; Photos by Liu Xing