Chinese Culture Day Activities Held at Antananarivo University

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University, Madagascar [Time]    2019-07-17 09:40:02 

On July 10th, local time, the Chinese Culture Day activities, co-organized by the Chinese Embassy in Madagascar and Antananarivo University, kicked off at the library of Antananarivo University. Entrusted by the Chinese Embassy in Madagascar, the Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University took on the task of culture expo and art show.

Blanchard Randrianambinina, General Director of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mamy Raoul Ravelomanana, President of Antananarivo University and Yang Xiaorong, Chinese Ambassador to Madagascar attended the events and delivered speeches. Over 100 people including students and faculty of Antananarivo University, teachers of the Confucius Institute and friends dedicating to China-Madagascar friendship participated in the activity.

In the opening ceremony, Mamy Raoul Ravelomanana, Yang Xiaorong and Blanchard Randrianambinina said in their speeches that there has been more and more in-depth cooperation between two countries in the fields of education, economy and science and technology in recent years, and that the win-win cooperation between two countries had promoted the long-term development of each other.

Mamy Raoul Ravelomanana delivering a speech

Yang Xiaorong giving a speech

Blanchard Randrianambinina addressing the audience

During entertainment performances, the martial arts, dances and songs performed by students of the Confucius Institute reaped rapturous applause.

Martial arts

The dance Big Fish & Begonia

In the Chinese Culture Day, Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University set up five exhibition stands to display the charm of Chinese culture. At the stand of Hanfu and classical dance, teachers of the Confucius Institute showed their unique, elegant and plain Hanfu and graceful dance Ronin Pipa. The performance was eye-catching due to the combination of motion and quietness. At the stand of guzheng, paintings and calligraphy, the melody of “High Mountains and Flowing Waters” made listeners lost in a myriad of thoughts, and the ink painting was filled with a poetic and artistic flavor, bringing people into south of the Yangtze River Delta where it was dyed with green. At the stand of Lantern riddles, students and teachers took an active part in the game, and quite a few people who got right answers to the riddles were rewarded exquisite bookmarks with Chinese facial makeup.

Guests visiting the stand of Lantern riddles

At the stand of song appreciation, teachers of Confucius Institute revealed the sad love story of “Visiting the Qingshui River” with allegros in their left hands and fans in their right. At the stand of the Chinese knot, teachers and students had acquired a deeper understanding of the Chinese knot and its good wishes via the introduction and live show given by teachers of the Confucius Institute.

Teachers of the Confucius Institute making Chinese knots

During the gourmet tasting, authentic Chinese cuisines tickled the taste buds of teachers and students.

The Chinese Culture Day was opened to students and faculty at Antananarivo University and lasted for two days, during which the organizer released Chinese films. Many excellent Chinese films such as The Thousand Faces of Dunjia, The Wandering Earth, The Go La La Go and The Hello Mr. Millionaire would be shown at the campus of Antananarivo University.

The activity has provided the students and faculty at Antananarivo University an opportunity to get close to Chinese culture, deepen their understanding of Chinese culture, and bring Chinese and Madagascans closer to each other.

Story by Deng Yue; photo by Yang Zhouxin