Confucius Institute at University of Bucharest Participates in Romanian World Experience Festival

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest in Romania [Time]    2018-09-21 15:38:57 

On September 3rd, local time, the Romanian World Experience Festival had a grand opening in the centre of Bucharest. The festival was a feast organized by the Romanian government, bringing together wonderful cultural exhibitions of various countries. Under the theme of “The Sounds of the World”, the indoor exhibition of this festival was featured with musical instruments, showing music cultures from many countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest, responsible for China’s booths, exhibited the most representative Chinese instruments such as guzheng, dagu, Chinese vertical bamboo flute, and ocarina. In addition, a rich variety of exhibits with distinctive characteristics including Peking Opera masks, traditional Chinese fans, and traditional costumes attracted streams of visitors.

Remarkable range of exhibits on Chinese booth

On the first day of the exhibition, Ana Birchall, Vice Prime Minister of Romania delivered a speech at the opening ceremony. She emphasized the need to increase exchanges between both sides for better understanding in today’s world. Only through communication and cooperation can the world gain peace and people enjoy happiness. After her speech, a local student choir presented a fascinating performance.

After the opening ceremony, Ana Birchall visited the Chinese booth. Dong Jingbo, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, explained to her the origins of various traditional musical instruments and how to play them. Ana Birchall tried playing guzheng, and the melody of traditional Chinese stringed instruments caught a lot of attention and also earned compliments. Anna also appreciated the great role played by the Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest in promoting friendly exchanges between the Romanian and Chinese people and wished for an everlasting friendship between the two countries.

Ana Birchall playing guzheng

Ana Birchall and Dong Jingbo

On September 7th, the outdoor exhibition of the Romanian World Experience Festival was opened in the picturesque Titan Park. The Confucius Institute at the University of Bucharest displayed the elements of Chinese traditional culture such as oil-paper umbrellas, Chinese knots, traditional costumes, theatrical masks, and paper-cutting, and set up a calligraphy booth to write Chinese names, attracting numerous visitors.

Chinese culture booth

Volunteer teachers from the Confucius Institute explained Chinese culture to those visitors, such as the image connotation of each face-painted character, the process of Chinese embroidery, and the structures of Chinese characters. The teachers also taught visitors some simple and commonly used Chinese expressions like “Ni Hao”(hello) and “Xie Xie”(thank you), which have brought people of both sides ever closer and enlivened the atmosphere in the booth as well.

Volunteer teachers showcasing Chinese culture

In addition to cultural exhibits, the Confucius Institute also prepared a variety of cultural performances. Wearing long-sleeved chiffon dresses, dancers presented a traditional Chinese dance named “Luo Shui Jiao Ren” (Beautiful ladies dancing by Luo Water) in gentle and elegant movements accompanied by soft music, bringing the audience into the beautiful scenes depicted in the Classic of Poetry. The powerful Chinese martial arts performance and colorful costume show also attracted many people to stop and watch. These performances featuring a combination of motion and stillness, as well as hardness and softness pushed the atmosphere to the climax.

Traditional dance “Luo Shui Jiao Ren”(Beautiful ladies dancing by Luo Water)

Chinese martial arts performance

Fashion show

Staff from the Confucius Institute

On the evening of September 9th, the one-week World Cultural Festival ended at sunset. These performances were praised by people from all walks of life. More and more Romanians have shown a strong interest in both China and Chinese language. The Confucius Institute will continue to work hard to show the charm of Chinese culture in more activities, and facilitate cultural exchanges between both sides.

Story by Xiang Jie, Du Yazhi