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16 September 2011
Welsh schoolchildren performed Chinese dance and drama at a Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Reception at the University.
Primary pupils from Cardiff’s Lansdowne School performed a traditional bamboo dance and a short Chinese drama. Secondary pupils from St Cenydd, in Caerphilly, made a presentation about the Mid-Autumn, or Moon, Festival, one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar.
Both schools are members of the Wales China Schools Project which delivers language and cultural courses in association with the University’s Cardiff Confucius Institute. More than 100 different courses, tasters, day schools and Chinese weeks have been delivered in the past year at primary and secondary schools across Wales.
The performances took place in front of guests at the reception including the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Professor Delme Bowen and Cardiff Central AM Jenny Rathbone. Speakers included Chen Zhiwei, Deputy Director of Xiamen University, which partners the Cardiff Confucius Institute.
Cardiff has established a European network of Confucius Institutes linked to Xiamen, including Universities in Germany, France, Turkey, Poland, Malta and Southampton. All six Institutes were represented at the Festival, ahead of a conference hosted by Cardiff on sharing good practice across the network.
Guests at the Reception also enjoyed music and folk dance from some of the University’s Chinese students. They then had the chance to take part in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and Bo Bing – the Moon Cake Game played at the time of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Professor Siyi Fu, Director of Cardiff Confucius Institute, said: "The Wales China Schools Project has had a very successful twelve months, taking learning about China to new parts of Wales. The Festival was an excellent showcase for the language and cultural skills which the pupils have developed. We are developing five Confucius classrooms dedicated to the teaching of Mandarin in schools around Wales and we hope to increase that number to twelve over the coming year."
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