Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna Celebrates Tenth Anniversary and Holds Chinese Folk Song Concert

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, Italy [Time]    2019-05-13 16:15:44 
 

On May 2th, local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna celebrated its tenth anniversary and held a Chinese folk song concert at the Santa Lucia Church in Bologna. Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission, Francesco Ubertini, Rector of the University of Bologna, Li Ruiyu, Chinese Ambassador to Italy, Du Peng, Vice President of Renmin University of China, and other guests attended and addressed the ceremony


Folk song concert

“Today, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, which symbolizes not only the ten years of cooperation and friendship between the University of Bologna and Renmin University of China, but also the indissoluble bonds between Bologna and Beijing as well as between Italy and China.” In his speech, Romano Prodi said that the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna plays an important role in the cultural communication between Italy and China. It is an “embassy” of Chinese culture in Bologna, connecting the local regions in Italy with China’s teaching institutions. Romano Prodi noted that there will be great development space for Italy-China cooperation and the people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries. He sincerely wished a better future for bilateral relations.


Romano Prodi delivering a speech

In his speech, Li Ruiyu said, “Confucius Institutes serve as a window for Chinese and foreign language and cultural exchanges as well as a bridge of people-to-people bonds. Therefore, it is safe to say that Confucius Institutes belong to both China and the whole world.” He hoped that the Confucius Institutes in Italy can further promote the development of China-Italy friendship, consolidate public support for the political mutual trust between the two countries, advance the people-to-people bonds of the two peoples, and act as a bond for the exchanges and mutual learning between the two civilizations.


Li Ruiyu delivering a speech

Francesco Ubertini said that the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna has achieved stable development for ten years, gradually becoming an important center for Chinese language teaching and Chinese language and cultural promotion in Italy. He summarized the development features of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna and appreciated the achievements made by the Confucius Institute in recent years. “Fruitful achievements have been made in the past ten years, which, at the same time, creates favorable conditions for the next bright decade,” he said.


Francesco Ubertini delivering a speech

Du Peng spoke highly of the Chinese language teaching and cultural outcomes at the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna. He said that Renmin University of China has always paid high attention to the University of Bologna. Based on the platform of the Confucius Institute, both universities have made plentiful achievements in teacher-student exchanges, discipline cooperation and other aspects. Renmin University of China expects to further enhance the exchanges with the University of Bologna and carry out cooperation in broader fields.


Du Peng delivering a speech

Later, the Chinese Orchestra of Renmin University of China presented a wonderful Chinese folk song concert for the audience. The concert started with a cheerful and emotional “Celebrating Spring Festival”, which brought down the house. Next came the “Jasmine Blossom”, “Trip to Gusu” and “Dunhuang” that were full of Chinese charm, leading the audience to experience the delight and grace as well as sturdiness and high spirit of Chinese folk songs. The “Dragon Boat Song” and “A Glass of Wine” were melodious with the tune lingering in the house, winning incessant applause. “Flying Atelaisi” and “Mountains are Green” displayed the unique style and music charm of the minority groups. The ceremony ended with the folk music ensemble of “Full Moon, Gorgeous Flowers”.


Folk song performance


Folk song performance


Traditional Chinese instrument performance

Founded in 2009, the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna is jointly established by the University of Bologna and the Confucius Institute Headquarters. Its Chinese partner is Renmin University of China. For the past decade, the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna proactively carried out various activities such as Chinese language teaching and cultural exchanges, with its influence expanding to the whole Emilia-Romagna. In addition, it has boosted the high-level mutual visits between the two universities and deepened mutual understanding and cooperation. The Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna received the title of “Confucius Institute of the Year” in 2012. And Marina Timoteo, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna, obtained the “Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award of the Year” in 2018.

Story and photos by Lin Guangyao

 
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