On the occasion of the 9th anniversary of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, as well as the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute worldwide, the 2nd Confucius Institute Day drew attentions of over 300 audiences in O’Reilly Hall at UCD on 26th of September. More than 200 students and staff of UCD Confucius Institute participated into the Learning Outcomes Exhibition and Performances by demonstrating outstanding works regarding their achievements of learning Chinese Language and Culture.
Many distinguished guests also attended the event, including H.E. Xu Jianguo, the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland,accompanied by Mr. Xiaochuang Wu, First Secretary Head of Education Office, President of UCD, Prof. Andrew Deeks, and his wife Dr. Linda Deeks, Mr. Ken Duggan, the Chairman of Ireland China Business Association, Prof. Dermot Moran, President of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies, and Mr Bao Shaojun, President of China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification in Ireland etc.
President of UCD, Prof. Andrew Deeks welcomed all the participants and audiences at opening remarks. “Confucius Institute Day has become a great opportunity for students who are enthusiastic about learning Chinese Language and Culture to share their works with others, and an annual celebration for the achievements of UCD Confucius Institute. In 2016, at the 10th anniversary, we should expect the completion of a brand new building on campus for UCD Confucius Institute and I look forward to celebrating this with you all then.”
More than 200 students and staff from different secondary schools and colleges presented their learning outcomes through 15 booths. The exhibitions of Chinese Taiji, Traditional Chinese Calligraphy and painting, Chinese Tea Arts, and the photos of students’ explorations in China greatly stirred up the interests of viewing public. The exhibition featured Chinese zodiac and Mid-Autumn Festival particularly pulled in enormous crowd and collected the first prize for exhibitors. Meanwhile, there were 12 performances involving Suona (Traditional Chinese instrument), Changquan (Chinese long boxing), nunchakus, dancing, talk-show, Chinese calligraphy and traditional Chinese poetry reading, etc. Among all the enjoyable performances, Double Nunchaku Performance entitled "Girl Power" won a burst of applause and the first prize for May Wong’s exceptional performance. Ambassador Xu and Prof. Deeks presented the two first prizes to the winners and highly praised their efforts and achievements.
Additionally, the Chinese teachers from UCD Confucius Institute also arranged a series of cultural workshops and hence engaged the viewing public to take part in a wide range of cultural activities in person, such as Chinese knots, Chinese paper-cutting, face painting, as well as tasting authentic Chinese food. A great number of children gathered around the cultural workshop spot and so did their parents. Many of the parents expressed their wish that Chinese language and culture should be more conveyed to their children through vivid activities like this.
Confucius Institute Day, launched in 2014, has become an annual event and an irreplaceable platform to promote both Chinese language and culture to the local community.