GCI Held Annual Chinese Festival
Groningen Confucius Institute (GCI) successfully held the annual Chinese Festival from 11:30 to 16:50 on 30 September at Oosterpoort. More than 150 audiences from various fields of society joined in this grand event.
Mr. Jan Klerken, the vice director of GCI, hosted the ceremony and Mr. Sibrand Poppema, President of University of Groningen and board member of Groningen Confucius Institute, delivered a welcoming speech before a variety of cultural performances, including Chinese kungfu, dragon dance, Chinese instrument recital and a series of workshops, for instance, martial arts, tea ceremony, Chinese singing, Chinese calligraphy and paper-cutting etc, which enabled participants to have a taste of Chinese language and culture in an very engaging atmosphere.
Mr. Jan Klerken was hosting the ceremony
Mr. Sibrand Poppema was giving a speech
GCI teacher Cui Hao was hosting Experience Chinese language for adults
GCI teacher Afang Fang was hosting traditional Chinese calligraphy workshop
GCI teacher Wenjia Xu was hosting Chinese tea ceremony
Martial arts workshop by Bao Trieu
GCI teacher Jangfan Xie was hosting traditional Chinese paper-cutting workshop
Taji Roli ball workshop by Jan van Schoot
GCI teachers Wei Jiang and Cui Hao were hosting Chinese singing workshop
GCI teacher Afang Fang was hosting Chinese Poem Recital workshop
During the closing speech, Xuefei Cao, the Dutch director of GCI, explained to the audience the mission of GCI and also the full range of activities organized by GCI in the coming months.
Mrs. Xuefei Knoester-Cao was giving the closing speech
The festival was joyfully ended with a collective appearance of GCI team on the stage, among whom were performers and workshop hostess of the day but Chinese language teachers in the daily work.
(By Afang Fang, Jingfan Xie; Photos by Yang Lin, Jingyi Liu)