On October 22nd, the Durban Confucius Institute of FAFU and the Department of Arts and Living Cultures of Durban government jointly held the themeactivity of “The First Chinese Culture Day of Durban”. More than 70 senior officials of Durban government, as well as hundreds of people from Durban Confucius Institute of FAFU, Durban University of Technology, Consulate-General of China in Durban and Fujian Chamber of Commerce in KwaZulu-natal Province of South Africa, etc., gathered together in a thick atmosphere of traditional Chinese culture, to get to know the historical development of China and its contemporary development status and experienced the multi-dimensional and manifold Chinese culture.
The scene of the activity
The foreign host
The theme activity consists of the speeches of distinguished guests, introduction of Chinese culture, Chinese language and culture appreciation and experience and Chinese art exhibition, etc.
Director of Department of Arts and Living Cultures of Durban Mr. Ngcobo gave a speech
The Chinese Director of Confucius Institute Fu Chaobo gave a present to Mr. Ngcobo
Senior executive of Public Affairs of DUT Mr. Alan Khan gave a speech
The all-day experience and appreciation of Chinese language and culture was enriched with the sensory feast like cucurbit playing, Taichi performance, Chinese calligraphy experience, Chinese delicacies tasting, Chinese tea shows, Chinese folk dancing and “Learn to Speak Chinese” part, etc. The activity was also punctuated by the Peking Opera costumes and props display, the exhibitions of Chinese language and cultural resources and the manufacturing process of Oolong tea, the game of “Time Traveling to See Bruce Lee” and Monkey King snapshots, etc., of which Chinese delicacies tasting and tea art performance were the highlights of this cultural event.
Chinese tea shows
Chinese folk dancing
This event is a part of a series of activities of the Durban Confucius Institute of FAFU for celebrating “The 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of Confucius Institute”, and it has been listed, for the first time, as the series of celebrations of “Durban Artistic and Cultural Heritage Month” by Durban city government. The “Chinese Culture Day” offered a perfect platform, which facilitated the popularization of Chinese language and culture in South Africa and KwaZulu-natal Province, increased the intercultural awareness of Durban officials, enriched Durban’s multicultural ambiance, and effectively improved the understanding and exchanges of Sino-South African friendship and cultures.
Chinese calligraphy experience
Chinese delicacies tasting
Chinese tea shows
Correspondant/Photogragher: Confucius Institute Fu Chaobo
Translator: College of Liberal Arts and Law Chen Jingjing
Auditor: College of Crop Science Lu Yunhai