The First Chinese Singing Contest in Latin American Confucius Institutes Comes to Successful End

[Source] [Time]    2017-09-13 17:38:46 

On September 8th, local time, contestants from nine Confucius Institutes in seven countries including Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru and Chile gathered together in the main campus hall of the University of Saint Thomas in Santiago, Chile, and participated in the final of the first Latin American Confucius Institute Chinese Singing Contest, which was sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and organized by the Confucius Institute Latin America Regional Center. An audience of over 100 from Confucius Institutes in Chile, the Confucius Classroom in the National Institute and Chinese communities watched the contest. The contest was also broadcast live on the Spanish Channel of Radio Broadcast International, with over 6,000 people watching the contest together. Mr. Li Baorong, Chinese Ambassador to Chile, Prof. Jaime Vatter, President of the University of Saint Thomas in Chile and Ms. Karina Peña, Manager of the Foreign Language Promotion Program of the Ministry of Education of Chile attended the awarding ceremony.

Sun Xintang, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute Latin America Regional Center delivering a speech before the contest

After nearly two hours of fierce contest in three sessions, Isabel Gutierrez Orraca from the University of Havana in Cuba and Elsa Estefania Guerrero Valenzuela from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua in Mexico came on top and runner-up respectively. The third prize was shared by Adriana Nicole De La Torre Liao from the University of San Simon in Bolivia and Matheus Provin from the Confucius Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil together.

Champion: Isabel Gutierrez Orraca

Runner-up: Elsa Estefania Guerrero Valenzuela

The final was divided into two parts. The first part included personal statement and live singing. In two-minute performances, contestants shared their experiences of learning Chinese and Chinese songs and showed their understandings of Chinese music culture. Lively rhythm is a major feature of Brazilian music while Chinese songs highlight strong passion or a magnificent view, said Maria, a student of the Confucius Institute at Sao Paulo State University.

Third prize winner: Adriana Nicole De La Torre Liao

Third prize winner: Matheus Provin

The live performance was the highlight of the contest. Contestants tried their best to show their music talent. Cuban contestant Isabel’s song, I Love You, China impressed the judges and audience with imposing vigor, changeable rhythms, profound artistic conception and her affection for her homeland. Bolivian contestant Nicole’s song, Where Has the Time Gone struck a chord with the audience and made them burst into tears through soft rhythm, plain but touching lyrics, and sincere performance. Brazilian contestant Matheus Provin’s song, Swan Goose, gained rounds of applause from judges and audiences with melodious tune and strong longing for home.


The second session of the final contest consisted of the Q&A section about Chinese musical instruments, operas, traditional music theories as well as questions concerning contemporary Chinese pop singers and music variety shows etc. Fully prepared before the contest, all contestants demonstrated a good command of Chinese through their clear pronunciation and logic.

Li Baorong, Chinese Ambassador to Chile, addressing the ceremony

Ambassador Li Baorong and Jaime Vatter, President of the University of St. Thomas, presenting the award to the champion, Isabel Gutierrez Orraca

Presenting the award to the runner-up, Elsa Estefania Guerrero Valenzuela

A group photo

It has been four months since the notification of the contest was released in this early May, and the contest concluded with an enthusiastic response from Confucius Institutes in Latin America and more than 30 entries. Some Confucius Institutes held preliminaries in advance since there were too many applicants, which shows great interest of the students from the Latin American Confucius Institutes in Chinese culture. Ambassador Li Baorong, who attended the awarding ceremony, stressed in his address that the Confucius Institute had become the most important platform and window for the dissemination of Chinese language and culture in Latin America. With the constant rise in students’ number and improvement in their Chinese language competence, such Chinese singing contest could greatly stimulate students’ enthusiasm and motivation in learning Chinese language and culture.

(Story by Chen Xiaowei,, Rio de Janeiro, September 11th)


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