Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr Celebrates Spring Festival in the Year of the Dog

[Source]    Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany [Time]    2018-03-07 12:53:59 

On February 23rd, local time, the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, along with Duisburg Economic Promotion Bureau and Duisburg Scholars and Students Association, held the 2018 Spring Festival Gala in Mercator International Convention Center in downtown Duisburg. The gala offered lively performances, which attracted over 1,000 locals, overseas Chinese and international students.

Among the activities prior to the main event that afternoon, the Great Turntable with Twelve Chinese Zodiac signs was played joyfully by the crowd, as they sought to pray for luck in the new year. Many Chinese calligraphy enthusiasts gathered to appreciate the calligraphy works at the exhibition stand. They also asked the teachers of the Confucius Institute for a Chinese name. Before the tea ceremony table, the teachers in Chinese traditional cheongsam performed the tea shows skillfully and elegantly, and they also invited visitors to enjoy the tea. As for children, Chinese knot is an all time favorite. With their nimble hands, a kaleidoscope of colorful bracelets was made into different shapes. Additionally, the crew of dance drama “The Moon over the Helan Mountain” of Chinese Yinchuan Art Theatre also invited audiences to join them in performing “Gouqi Dance” with local Chinese features.

Visitors enjoying the Great Turntable for luck

Visitors appreciating Chinese calligraphy

A sip of tea with rich Chinese taste

Locals trying out dance with features of Ningxia Province in China

The Spring Festival Gala kicked off with an excellent lion dance show. Manfred OSENGER, Vice Mayor of Duisburg, Tao Lili, China’s Deputy Consul-General to Dusseldorf, and Liu Liang, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr attended the gala and delivered speeches respectively.

Lion dance performance

In his speech, Manfred OSENGER extended his festive greetings to the overseas Chinese in Duisburg, and gave his thanks to the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr at the University of Duisburg-Essen and Duisburg Scholars and Students Association for their efforts in organizing such a fantastic event.

Looking back to the fruits yielded from China-Germany economic and trade exchanges in the past year, Tao Lili stressed that Duisburg, as a hub in the route of China-Europe block trains, was among the most active players involved in the construction of the “Belt and Road”. She also expressed her hopes that the cooperation between China and Germany in Duisburg be further developed in the coming year.

Liu Liang conveyed her gratitude to people from all walks of life who had offered firm support on the work of the Confucius Institute in the previous year, and added that they are welcome to continue to care and engage in the activities.

Guests and other audiences watching the gala

Soon after, teachers and students of the institute offered a feast for the ears with song medley, receiving loud applause from the audiences. In addition, members of Scholars and Students Association in Duisburg presented the drama “Ci Sheng Wei Nuo” and other excellent performances. “The Moon over the Helan Mountain” presented by Yinchuan Art Theater was defined by unexpected and vivid plots as well as sweet and vigorous background music. In the drama, actors showcased their talent in making the soul-stirring stories that happened in the ancient silk road.

Teachers and students singing Chinese song “Chinese”

Actors performing the drama “Ci Sheng Wei Nuo”

Actors performing dance drama “The Moon over the Helan Mountain”

The gala was highly valued by the agenda of Duisburg municipal government, as evidenced by Mayor Sören Link’s personal presence in the press conference held by the government on February 15th. The event also attracted the attention and coverage of a number of local media outlets, including WDR, 47 Studio of Duisburg TV Station, WAZ, Rheinische Post (RP), Duisburg Stadt Panorama, and Duisburg 365.

People appreciating the gorgeous firework displays

The Spring Festival Gala reported by local media outlets

It is the fourth time for the Confucius Institute Metropolis Ruhr at the University of Duisburg-Essen to hold the serial activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year. With the concerted and consistent efforts by all members of the Institute, the gala has become the signature occasion among all activities held by the Confucius Institute, and has gradually evolved into a festive event that caters to the tastes of folks in Duisburg and its surrounding areas.

(Story by Wang Xiaolong, photos by Xiang Kai and Kong Chenyu)


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