Confucius Institute at University of Helsinki Holds Large-scale Chinese Culture Show: Graceful Nations and Charming Traditions

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki [Time]    2017-10-18 15:19:02 

On September 17th, 2017 local time, co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki and Finland-China Cultural and Economic Association, the Second Chinese-Finnish Cultural Show: Graceful Nations and Charming Traditions was held at Kamppi Square of Helsinki, capital of Finland. This cultural show attracted almost a thousand people. Jenni Chen-Ye, the first Chinese-Finnish Parliament Member of Finland, Zhang Bin, Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Finland, Lin Jian, Director of the Consular Section of the Chinese Embassy in Finland, and representatives from local Chinese communities and Chinese-funded enterprises attended the event.

Wang Hong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki, introduced in her opening speech that the Confucius Institute remains committed to the principle of spreading language and culture and sincerely welcomed people from all walks of life to participate in the cause of Chinese cultural promotion. She noted that the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki has already become an important base for promoting Chinese teaching and Chinese culture in Finland and Northern Europe since its establishment ten years ago. The institute will ceaselessly contribute to the friendly exchanges between China and Finland.

Wang Hong addressing the ceremony

During the event, the Finnish Branch of Chinese Cheongsam Association presented the audience a breathtaking cheongsam show. The dragon robe and porcelain print dress were so distinctive and fascinating that the audience raise their cameras to capture every wonderful moment again and again. In addition, local Chinese artists and overseas students gained rounds of warm applause from the audience for their performances, such as a famous Guzheng music Evening Singing in the Fisher Boat, the Chinese traditional dance Moonlight over the Lotus Pond, Taiji show, Chinese martial arts.

The Cheongsam show

The Guzheng performance

The Taiji performance

Besides, the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki also prepared Chinese calligraphy, chopsticks game and other cultural experience events. At the calligraphy-experiencing booth, teachers from the Confucius Institute used brushes to write Chinese names for local people. When seeing their Chinese names, many people were so excited and couldn’t wait taking pictures. Some people even asked teachers’ calligraphy works for their relatives and friends. In the chopsticks-experiencing zone, those exquisite candies prepared by the staff of the institute attracted local kids to try Chinese chopsticks.

Local people showing their Chinese names

Finnish children experiencing Chinese calligraphy

The locals participated into the activity with great enthusiasm. Publicity materials, course introduction, special editions and other materials brought by the staff of the Confucius Institute were all handed out. Many people on site consulted Chinese courses in the Confucius Institute and expressed their willingness to participate more in such interesting cultural activities that were close to people.

This event is co-organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Helsinki and the local Chinese communities, becoming one of the most influential brand events of Chinese culture dissemination in the region.


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