Confucius Institute at UNSW in Australia and Bayside Council Hold Chinese New Year Celebration

[Source]    China News Service [Time]    2018-02-24 21:03:53 

On February 17th, Dacey Gardens of Sydney became an ocean of joy as the event of “Welcome the Year of the Dog and Celebrate the Chinese New Year” co-organized by the Confucius Institute at the University at New South Wales (UNSW) and the Bayside Council kicked off.

This is the second Chinese New Year celebration jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at UNSW and the local government, attracting more than 2,000 citizens.

Members of the Australian Parliament including Matt Thistlethwaite, Michael Daley and Ron Hoenig, Bill Saravinovski, Mayor of the Bayside Council, Niu Wenqi, Education Counselor of Chinese Consulate General in Sydney, Neil Morris, Vice Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, and Xi Junfang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UNSW were present.

In his speech, Niu Wenqi expressed that the cultural exchanges serve as an important bond for bilateral relations, which can be explained by the saying that “State-to-state relations thrive when there is friendship between the peoples. And such friendship grows out of close interactions between the peoples”. He was glad to see that such activities in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year have been carried out in Australian local communities, which promote the people-to-people exchanges between China and Australia, especially the exchanges between the young people of the two countries in various fields such as education, science, technology and sports.

The celebration in the garden of the Spring Festival has become a brand project of the Confucius Institute at UNSW. Every year, a variety of cultural performances such as folk music, Chinese songs, martial arts and lion dance are given to the local people and become very popular among them.

According to the journalist from the China News Service, the Confucius Institute at UNSW specially opened a calligraphy booth, a children handmade booth, and a “Han Chinese Clothing Try-on” booth through cooperation with local institutions this year. In the exquisite Han Chinese clothing, the local people took photos against the background picture of “Great Wall of China”, becoming a highlight during this year’s activity. Children learnt simple Chinese characters and paper-cuts from teachers of the Confucius Institute and wrote their Chinese names with writing brushes.

Xi Junfang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at UNSW, said that the Chinese New Year celebration in the garden demonstrates the integration of the Confucius Institute going out of campus into local community and serves as another good platform for promoting the cooperation and development between the university and the community.

(Story by Tao Shelan, China News Service, Sydney, February 17th)


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