3rd Chinese Kite Cultural Festival Held in Eritrea

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the Eritrean Higher Education & Research Institute [Time]    2019-05-08 12:52:36 

On May 4th, local time, with the flag fluttering in September Square in Asmara, the 3rd Chinese Kite Culture Festival was held here. With the theme of “thriving China-Eritrea friendship with each passing day”, the event was sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Eritrea, the Commission of Culture and Sports and the Confucius Institute at the Eritrean Higher Education & Research Institute. Zemede Tekle, Director of the Commission of Culture and Sports, and Yang Zigang, Chinese Ambassador to Eritrea, were invited to attend the opening ceremony. More than 400 people, including teachers and students, representatives of Chinese-funded institutions and people from various circles in Eritrea attended the event.

In his opening speech, Yang Zigang said that the Kite Culture Festival serves as an important platform for young students to understand Chinese culture and customs, and promotes cultural and people-to-people exchange between China and Eritrea.The Chinese Embassy in Eritrea hopes to work together with the Commission of Culture and Sports to carry out more content-rich and diverse cultural exchanges, facilitate mutual exchanges and common development and deepen the friendship between the two peoples.

Yang Zigang delivering a speech

At the opening ceremony, the students from Confucius Institute and the dance troupe of the Commission of Culture and Sports jointly performed the Chinese chorus, Taijiquan, modern dance and local dances, winning bursts of applause.

Taijiquan show

Eritrean folk dance

In the “kite show”, the 30-meter-long “dragon” kite and the kite symbolizing China-Eritrea friendship from the Weifang, Shandong, China, were awe-inspiring.

Kite “big dragon”

In the subsequent kite competition, 21 teams from 8 schools, 6 universities, the Commission of Culture and Sports, the Higher Education Commission, the Youth League, and the Chinese-funded institutions in Eritrea competed with each other. In the end, Harnet Secondary School, the College of Business and Social Sciences and the Eritrea-Chinese Chamber of Commerce won the first place in terms of secondary school, university and adult respectively. Yang Zigang and Zemede Tekle awarded prizes and certificates to the winning team.

Flying the kite

After the award ceremony, the local people appreciated the kite photo exhibition and flew the kite in the square.

Winners and guests

The three consecutive kite festivals have become a beautiful landscape for people-to-people exchanges between China and Eritrea. Featuring rich contents, numerous participants and a wide coverage, the festival gained high appreciation by both China and Eritrea. The local mainstream media also reported the event.


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