Spring Festival Gala enchants Republic of San Marino

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of the Republic of San Marino [Time]    2018-03-09 09:03:43 

On February 17th, local time, the 2018 Spring Festival Gala held by the Confucius Institute at University of the Republic of San Marino kicked off. Among the attendees were Gianfranco Terenzi, former Captain Regent of the Republic of San Marino, Marco Podeschi, Minister of Culture, Guerrino Zanotti, Secretary of State for Internal Affairs and Civil Defense and Andrea Zafferani, Secretary of State for Health and Social Security, together with their families. Over 300 people gathered together to celebrate the Chinese New Year, including friends from all walks of life in San Marino and Italy, representatives of Chinese businessmen and students and teachers from the Confucius Institute at the University of the Republic of San Marino.

Gianfranco Terenzi, also incumbent Chairman of Council at the Confucius Institute, expressed in his address that with a long history of friendly exchanges, China and San Marino have increasingly deepened their cooperation in various areas, and more and more local people have begun to learn Chinese language and culture. Since the establishment of the Confucius Institute, Chine culture has been spread out through cultural activities of various kinds among locals. He thanked the staff at the Confucius Institute for their efforts and contributions.

Gianfranco Terenzi addressing

Yan Shijun, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at University of the Republic of San Marino, said in his speech that as intimate as a family, China and San Marino have maintained amity and mutual assistance, and hoped that through efforts made by the Confucius Institute, communication and exchanges between people in both countries can be advanced in 2018. Yan also encouraged students to serve as envoys of friendship for bilateral exchanges by actively learning Chinese language and understanding Chinese culture. He then introduced the background of Chinese Spring Festival and extended his New Year greetings.

Yan Shijun addressing

At the same night, performers from China and San Marino jointly delivered an art feast with Chinese characteristics. China’s dancing performance allowed the audience to appreciate both the softness of women in ancient China and the persistence and strength of women in modern China. The guzheng and erhu complemented and echoed their tunes lingering in the room during the performance of classic Chinese musical instruments, exciting the audience as it was the first time that they had witnessed such a Chinese-style performance. As the final performer, a folk-song band from San Marino gave the performance integrated with dancing elements known to locals. Diverse performances won rounds of applause from the audience.


Instrument play

At midnight, all present joined the countdown, with representatives from the Confucius Institute at the University of the Republic of San Marino extending New Year greetings to all. The energetic dance ushered a new chapter for the Year of the Dog in 2018, known as the 35th year of the Sexagenary Cycle in China, and put an end to the gala.