Exhibition on Intangible Cultural Heritage of Tianjin Makes Debut in Confucius Institute at University of Lisbon

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon in Portugal [Time]    2019-03-25 10:19:20 
 

On February 13th, local time, the annual Spring Festival celebration kicked off at the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Different from previous years, in addition to the wonderful performances of the teachers and students of the Confucius Institute, the Tianjin Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition also appeared at the University of Lisbon, allowing the local people to experience the strong festive flavor.

In the opening ceremony of the Exhibition, Qi Liya, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute, addressed in her speech that the Traditional Cultural Art Exhibition, entitled “Memory”, jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon and the Tianjin Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Center, is a special event marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Portugal and the celebration of the Chinese New Year. It is believed that this exhibition on the works of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will allow more Portuguese people to experience Chinese traditional art.


Qi Liya delivering a speech

Cai Run, Chinese Ambassador to Portugal, expressed that the Confucius Institute has set up a platform for cultural exchanges between China and Portugal. The Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition of Tianjin will further promote exchanges and cooperation between China and Portugal on the protection and inheritance of intangible cultural heritage.


Cai Run delivering a speech

Paula Silva, Representative of Portuguese Minister of Culture, said in her speech that the event is a fruitful result of the cultural exchanges between China and Portugal and will promote the understanding of China’s intangible cultural heritage among Portuguese people.


Paula Silva delivering a speech

Raoul Coelho, Representative of the Minister of Education, said that the exhibition organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon plays an important role in the cultural exchanges between China and Portugal. The Ministry of Education will continue to support such cultural exchange activities.


Raoul Coelho delivering a speech

Catarina Pinto, Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, said that the event is an opportunity for the two peoples to exchange ideas.


Catarina Pinto delivering a speech

Bindo Pashan, Vice President of the University of Lisbon, said that this cultural exhibition reflects the profound Portugal-China friendship and wished Chinese friends a happy Chinese New Year on behalf of the University of Lisbon.


Bindo Pashan delivering a speech

Subsequently, Bindo Pashan and Cai Run jointly unveiled the Confucius painted sculpture given by the Tianjin Clay Figurine Zhang Caisu Studio to the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the guests watched the martial arts, Beijing opera, drama and song and dance programs performed by the teachers, volunteers and Chinese and Portuguese students of the Confucius Institute.


Guests unveiling the statue of Confucius


Guests visiting the Exhibition

The exhibition lasted for four days. Ten folk artists with amazing stunts from Tianjin showcased to the Portuguese people the intangible cultural heritage in Tianjin such as dough-molding, Mao Hou (a tiny monkey shaped toy made with plants and cicada shells) making, gourd making, Clay Figurine Zhang and Yangliuqing Paper Cut. Local primary and secondary schools specially organized students to visit the exhibition. The students gathered around the booth to interact with the artists and experience the production process, showing a keen interest in traditional Chinese folk art.

Story by Feng Hong; photos by Zhang Liyun and Paul

 
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