“Warmth of the Sun in Winter, Feast of Culture”
—Chinese Culture Debuts at Durban International Culture Carnival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology [Time]    2017-06-09 18:19:00 

On May 28th local time, the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology was invited to the annual cultural event of Durban—“Durban International Cultural Carnival” for the first time.

During the carnival, the institute shared the stage with participants from other countries, including America, Mexico, Greece, India, France, South Africa through showcasing high-quality cultural products, traditional Chinese costumes, art performance and Chinese food etc. The splendid showcase of diverse cultures gave all the 5,000 participants in the festival a real enjoyment.

The carnival’s main venue receiving continuous foot traffic

In the carnival, various ingenious Chinese cultural treasures such as oriental-style fans, puppets embodying good luck and happiness, simple Chinese traditional musical instruments, well-designed bookmarks and vivid Peking Opera facial masks attracted people’s attention.

The carnival was highlighted by the Chinese traditional costume show. People with dark skin and pure white teeth dressed in festive traditional clothes looked special and appealing. In the light of red lanterns, all the people at the stands seemed to be dressed in Chinese red.

Local guests showing on the stage in festive Chinese traditional costumes

Chinese traditional costume show

“I am the most beautiful girl today!”

For the cultural experience program, the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology carefully prepared Chinese calligraphy and paper cutting. And many young people from South Africa were eager to enjoy the fun of writing Chinese characters with the writing brush and experience the charm of paper-cutting with red paper.

Youngsters writing Chinese characters with writing brushes for the first time

The Confucius Institute, together with its affiliated Durban Westville Boys’ High and Durban Shude College, also brought to the audience wonderful cultural performances. Through a flowing performance of Tai Chi, they fully displayed the harmony of strength and softness in Chinese Kung Fu. After watching the cucurbit flute ensemble and Guqin solo, the audience was impressed by the beauty of the Chinese folk music and infected by the vivid Chinese folk dance.

Cucurbit flute ensemble of the Chinese song “Tian Mi Mi”

Another highlight of the carnival was Chinese food tasting area, which received continuous foot traffic. There were spring rolls, roast ducks, spicy diced chicken with peanuts and other Chinese foods, all of which made people mouthwatering.

Traditional Chinese food tasting area

This international Carnival provided a stage for culture exchanges and communications of various nations. Locals had experienced the profound Chinese culture through the diversified Chinese culture demonstrations in the festival. This “warm culture current” in winter coincided with the intention of the Confucius Institute at Durban University of Technology’s participation in this carnival: to enhance mutual understanding, deepen friendship between Chinese and South African people and solidify exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.