Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales (CIUNSW) Holds 2019 “Embracing Year of Pig, Celebrating Spring Festival” Activity

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales , Australia [Time]    2019-02-15 17:43:45 

On February 9th local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of New South Wales (CIUNSW) in Australia, together with Bayside Council, held the Spring Festival garden fete with the theme of “Embracing the Year of the Pig, Celebrating the Spring Festival” at Dacey Gardens Park of Kingsford, attracting nearly 3,000 local residents.

The annual Spring Festival garden fete has become a popular event among the local residents in Bayside. Including various stage performances and all kinds of culture and delicacy booths, the event started at 4:00 p.m. and ended at 9:00 p.m.

Many distinguished guests attended the event, including Matt Thistlethwaite and Ron Hoenig, the members of Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; Bill Saravinovski, Mayor of Bayside; Rhys Palmer, Director of International Department of the University of New South Wales and Foreign Director of CIUNSW; Niu Wenqi, Education Counselor of Consulate General of China in Sydney; and Xi Junfang, Chinese Director of CIUNSW.

Bill Saravinovski said that the Spring Festival is an important festival for the Chinese people. It is hoped that this celebration will promote the cultural exchanges and cooperation between China and Australia, and attract Australians’ participation so that they can enjoy the happiness brought by the Spring Festival. He also issued the certificate of honor to Xi Junfang and Liu Lvmeng, a teacher at the CIUNSW, to express his gratitude for their contributions to organizing the annual garden fete over the years.

Issuing certificate of honor

At his speech, Niu Wenqi expressed that through the Spring Festival garden fete jointly organized by Bayside Council and the CIUNSW, the culture was introduced into the communities to advance the exchanges among people. He firmly believed that with more exchanges among residents and young students, the relations between the two countries would become securer.

As usual, Matt Thistlethwaite, who has learnt Chinese for many years, gave his wishes to all in Chinese. He hoped that more culture of other countries would be integrated into local communities. Ron Hoenig extended his Spring Festival wishes, too.

Rhys Palmer stressed that there are many Chinese students at the University of New South Wales and more and more local students come here for learning Chinese. The number of exchange students between the University of New South Wales and China is increasing year after year. He hoped to witness more such educational and cultural communication in the future.

The Spring Festival garden fete is a branded project of the CIUNSW. This year, the CIUNSW carefully selected various traditional Chinese cultural performances, including folk music performance, martial arts, Tai Chi, traditional Chinese dance, Chinese songs, tongue twister presented by foreign students and the most popular lion dance. Both adults and children enjoyed these activities, saying that this year’s performances were more colorful and splendid than that in previous years.

Lion dance

Folk music performance

On the activity site, there were many booths for traditional Asian delicacies and handicraft workshops. This year, the CIUNSW specially invited a folk artisan to demonstrate the craft of dough figurine. People all acclaimed the master artisan’s feat to make lively little animals. In addition, the CIUNSW also set up booths for face painting, calligraphy, guzheng experience and traditional clothes try-on. An impersonated “God of Fortune” was also invited to give “red packets” (red paper containing money as a gift) so that the people could closely experience traditional Chinese culture.

Calligraphy experience

The Spring Festival garden fete is a reflection of the CIUNSW’s coming out of the campus and integrating into the local communities. What’s more, it also serves as a helpful platform for promoting the cooperation between and development of universities and communities.