Out With Old, In With New—Confucius Institute at University of the Republic of San Marino Holds 2019 Spring Festival Gala

[Source]    Confucius Institute at University of the Republic of San Marino [Time]    2019-03-06 14:59:15 
 

On February 23rd, local time, the 2019 Spring Festival Gala of the Confucius Institute at the University of the Republic of San Marino, Capodanno Cinese, was held in Palace Hotel San Marino. Gianfranco Terenzi, former Captain Regent of San Marino, Giacomo, Mayor of Montegiardino, Giorgio Girelli, Ambassador of the Republic of San Marino to Turkey, and Guido, the official from the Italian Embassy, attended the event upon invitation. More than 300 people from San Marino and Italy, representatives of Chinese circle, teachers and students of the Confucius Institute gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Terenzi said in his speech that local residents of San Marino have come to gain a better understanding of Chinese culture through participation in various cultural activities held by the Confucius Institute at the University of the Republic of San Marino and the friendship between the two peoples has also been flourishing in constant cultural clashes. On behalf of San Marino people, he wished the Confucius Institute better development in the new year and thanked all the staff for their hard work in the past year.


Terenzi delivering a speech

Yan shijun, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of the Republic of San Marino, expressed his gratitude to the San Marino government, the University of the Republic of San Marino and the San Marino-China Friendship Association for their strong support for the Institute. He said that the Confucius Institute will hold more events to promote cultural exchanges between China and San Marino in 2019. In the end, he wished everyone a happy new year.


Yan Shijun delivering a speech

The sensational lion dance performance by the local martial arts association kicked off the Gala. Afterwards, Kungfu Tea performed by Jingang Xiaoshi, a famous Chinese performer of tea art, brought the Gala to life, and his movements ignited more screams from the audience.


Lion dance


Kungfu tea

Such performances as the combination of Tai Chi and traditional Chinese song “Mother”, martial arts, “Jing Hong Dance” (swan-like dancing), “Sichuan Opera Turns Hostile” and Italian pop songs medley, one after another, made the audience gasp in awe and feasted their eyes on the diverse forms of arts. You Hongfei, a soprano from the China National Opera House and a national first-class actor, sang “I Love You China” and “il mio papà”, bringing the Gala to its climax with non-stop applause.


Performance of martial art


“Sichuan Opera Turns Hostile”


You Hongfei’s “I Love You China”

Artists from the two countries performed together on the same stage, presenting San Marino residents with a satisfying cultural feast that highlighted the cultural integration of China and San Marino and the exchanges and friendship between the two peoples. In the new year, the Confucius Institute at the University of the Republic of San Marino will join hands with people from the local community to forge ahead and never forget why they started, so as to make more contributions to the cultural exchanges between the two countries.