The Chinese Elements in the International Cultural Festival ——Report from the Confucius Institute of University of Montana
The Group Photo (Source: Song Bishu)
On March17th, The Confucius Institute at the University of Montana participated in the 27th International Cultural Festival. Teachers and students of the Confucius Institute, by "a combination of dynamic and static state" and means of "experiencing and viewing", presented a cultural feast with unique Chinese elements to the local people through three parts: Chinese traditional costume performance, routine experience of tai chi fan and Chinese culture exhibition booth.
The Chinese costume fashion show began with an aerobic performance of Beijing Opera leading by Chinese teacher Pei Jingjing and students before Confucius institute teachers and students wearing traditional Chinese costumes came on the stage one by one. The exquisite Hanfu Clothing as well as the delicate cheongsam showed the elegance of traditional Chinese clothing. Ethnic costumes from Tibetan, li, Mongolian and other minorities told the audience about the plentiful cultural heritage of China’s 56 ethnic minorities. The beauty of traditional Chinese clothing impressed every audience under the stage who was itching to experience the goodliness of the Chinese several thousand years civilization history.
The tai chi experience area attracted many visitors and participants. Pei introduced tai chi and its different styles to the audience. After that, experiencers learned the routine combination of tai chi fan from Pei. They followed the teacher to learn the basic movements such as swinging and splitting fans. Under the guidance of the teacher, they could perfectly combine the basic movements into a set of performance routines. Under the accompaniment of music, teachers and experiencers jointly completed the fascinating Chinese martial arts performance. “How beautiful it is!” Audience praised the Chinese tai chi fan after the activity and expressed their desire to explore more about tai chi.
The cultural exhibition booth of Confucius Institute was a feast for the eyes, attracted many local people to visit. The national handicrafts like four treasures of the Chinese study, round fan, Chinese chess, folding fan, abacus, kite, mask, have strong characteristics. While Chinese chess was the most fascinating, which made people stop to watch, communicate and play each side against each other. Children were fond of panda dolls and Peking Opera facial masks, and took photos with those handicrafts. The hanging Chinese knots and red lanterns manifested Chinese elements and heighten an atmosphere of festival.
The 27th International Cultural Festival, hosted by the University of Montana, was known as the biggest festival in Missoula. It focused on the integration and communication of diverse cultures and provides a new way for local people to understand the customs and cultures of other countries. This event let more local people have opportunities to learn about the diversity and interest of traditional Chinese culture, demonstrated the charm of Chinese culture and made Chinese culture shine brilliantly on the world stage.