Confucius Institute at University of Kentucky Revisits WorldFest Louisville

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky [Time]    2019-09-25 14:43:56 

On August 30th, local time, on Labor Day, the 17th WorldFest Louisville (2019) kicked off. The four-day event attracted associations and institutions from more than 40 countries including Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, China, Argentina, Nigeria and South Korea. As one of the co-organizers, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky joined hands with Zhoujiaban, a local band of blown instruments from Anhui province, China, presenting original Chinese folk music, Chinese character tattoos, Chinese calligraphy, tea arts, trying traditional costumes and playing traditional games.

Unique Chinese Elements Injected into Global Cultural Carnival

On August 20th, local time, the Mayor Press Conference of the WorldFest was held. Xiu Huajing, American Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky, attended the conference upon invitation.

Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville, said in his speech that the WorldFest Louisville was a grand event to explore and celebrate Louisville’s diverse ethnic groups and multi-culture. He expected this festival to be more vibrant, diversified and educational. He also expressed his appreciation to the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky for inviting Zhoujiaban to bring three performances and present Chinese culture at the festival.

Greg Fischer and Xiu Huajing

Marty Storch, the event director of WorldFest Louisville, said: “I am very pleased that the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky has expanded its partnership with the World Music Festival and Louisville. With continuing growth of the cultural festival, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky and other partners will be increasingly important for promoting us.

Xiu Huajing observed that different cultures and ethnic groups constitute the vitality and diversity of the world. The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky integrates its cultural activities into the cultural life of the local community to better meet the public needs for learning about other cultures. Last year, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky established a good foundation for cooperation with the WorldFest Louisville. This year, we are honored to join hands with the city government to support, participate in and celebrate this world event again.

Zhoujiaban’S Music Displays Majestic Chinese Vitality Amid String Music And Drumbeats

At the WorldFest, Zhou Benming, the band leader, together with Zhang Surong and Zhou Zhonghua, presented three wonderful performances with vivid body language to the audience. They played such instruments as the suona shawm, sheng mouth organ, dizi flute, Chinese drums and cymbals.

Traditional Chinese Music Performance

Among the performances, “Music of the Grand Zhou Dynasty”, with a history of 3000 years, shows the prosperity and glory of the Zhou dynasty. “Celebration” presents the joy of welcoming new life and the festive scene of guests coming to congratulate. “Song of the Phoenix” depicts a scene of many birds dancing to a lively and cheerful tune. “Bridal Sedan” conveys the joy and eagerness of the bridegroom to marriage. “Gathering Dates” shows a happy view of the grandparents and grandchildren harvesting dates in the courtyard.

Zhoujiaban playing

The exquisite skill of Zhoujiaban amazed the audience. The drums echoed around the scene. The audience was awed into the traditional Chinese music with rich local elements. They went on stage to dance to the melody and a local musician played the drum set to accompany the Chinese musicians.

World Stage Displays Charm of Chinese Culture to Serve Local Community

Teachers from the Confucius Institute in blue T-shirts presented a spectacular scene at the WorldFest. They introduced Chinese culture to the visitors. The “Chinese Character Tattoo” booth attracted many parents and children. They picked their favorite Chinese characters and tried to learn the correct pronunciation from the teachers and then had them tattooed on themselves.

Chinese character tattoo booth

Chinese calligraphy booth was beautifully decorated with marvelous calligraphy works. There, teachers from the Confucius Institute were writing Chinese names for the audience who were lining up in front of the booth to wait for their turn. In front of the Chinese tea art exhibition booth, the Confucius Institute teachers introduced various Chinese teas and demonstrated the tea art on the spot. In the scent of tea, the guests felt the charm of Chinese tea culture at a close distance.

Chinese calligraphy booth

In front of the traditional Chinese costume booth, guests dressed in traditional Chinese costumes experienced the joy of returning to ancient times. The Chinese game booth was a paradise for children, who happily played the shuttlecock and “feed candy” to the Kung Fu Panda with chopsticks.

Trying traditional Chinese costumes

The Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky has continuously strengthened its cooperation with governments and organizations at all levels to facilitate the integration of Chinese culture with other cultures around the world. This event is another successful practice to promote the integration of the Confucius Institute cultural activities into the cultural life of American communities.

Story by Zhang Danhua; photo by Marty Storch, Chen Li and Guo Qiang