Taking Culture as Bridge and Building Road Towards Friendship
-Delegation of Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkla University Attends 10th Kathu Cultural Street Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand [Time]    2018-08-10 17:21:46 

From July 27th to 30th, the 10th Kathu Cultural Street Festival was held in Kathu of Phuket Province, Thailand. Delegations from 10 countries including China, Myanmar and Malaysia participated in this cultural festival. The delegation of the Confucius Institute at Phuket, Prince of Songkla University, as the only Chinese delegation, carried out float parade, cultural performances and Chinese cultural experience activities.

On the day of the opening ceremony, more than 10 volunteer teachers of the Institute, who dressed in different Chinese ethnic costumes and held the flags of China and Thailand, formed a phalanx of Chinese ethnic groups and marched along the main streets of downtown Kathu, attracting more than 50,000 locals and tourists.

Parade of volunteer teachers

Chen Xiaoda, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, preparing for the float parade

In the evening of the opening ceremony, volunteer teachers presented superb performances reflecting the essence of Chinese culture. Guzheng music “High Mountains and Flowing Water” was accompanied by Tai Chi that combined softness with hardness. The Chinese folk dance named “Blue and White Porcelain” was staged with the Tai Chi fan moving in order. Chaveerad Kasatesuntorn, Thai Deputy Minister of Culture, Norrapat Plodtong, Governor of Phuket Province, Chaianan Suttikun, Mayor of Kathu, Antapong Chantarattanawong, Deputy Mayor of Kathu, and Somjai Suwansupana, Mayor of Phuket, attended the gala and spoke highly of the performances.

Tai Chi performance

Blue and White Porcelain” singing and dancing performance

“Blue and White Porcelain” singing and dancing performance

The Chinese cultural experience activities area set by the Confucius Institute attracted many people. At the Chinese food and snacks exhibition area, volunteer teachers also made tea eggs with patterns, which perfectly combined art and food, except for peach crisp, snow skin moon cakes, and sweetheart cakes. A British spectator introduced Chinese snacks to her friends, “I have visited Xiamen, Shanghai and Beijing already. And I will visit China many more times for its delicious food.”

At the calligraphy and painting exhibition area, a young man from India named Jia An, together with a calligraphy teacher, wrote Chinese characters in painting strokes, which surprised the audience. Jia An said, “Chinese characters are like beautiful abstract paintings. I am glad to experience its charm here.” Before leaving, he inquired about the Confucius Institute’s contact information for future enrollment.

Writing calligraphy

Writing calligraphy

In addition, at the Chinese knotting exhibition area, adults and children worked together to make exquisite bracelets and Chinese knots. The Chinese painting exhibition area attracted a Thai painter who painted an ink wash painting of panda with brush pen under the guidance of a Chinese painting teacher from the Confucius Institute. He painted a sketch portrait of the teacher as a token of gratitude.

Volunteer teacher teaching the audience to make Chinese knotting

A Thai painter drawing a portrait for the Confucius Institute teacher

Thai people experiencing Chinese painting

Thai friends in Chinese ethnic costumes

During the event, the Institute set up a platform for promoting Chinese culture. The Confucius Institute has always upheld the concept of “basing on campus, integrating into society” and actively participated in local cultural activities, winning a good social reputation.

Story by Fang Hengkun