ZNU Tours in South Africa
On September 3, the performance “Harmonious Relationships” was given by the art troupe of Zhejiang Normal University (ZNU). The activity was jointly held by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and ZNU.
“It's a performance containing the most profound Chinese culture I have ever seen,” said Ni Kelin, director of the State Key Laboratory in South Africa, Johannesburg.
The audience was immersed in the exciting performance: lion dance, the new Peking Opera, folk dance, wushu (Chinese martial arts) performance, and a flute solo, as well as one performance that mixed tai chi, calligraphy, and flute music. In the interactive session, the audience participated in the Peking Opera, and learned some wushu to experience for themselves the spirit of Chinese culture.
To spread Chinese culture, the art troupe of ZNU traveled to Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town to give performances.
Since 2012, ZNU has organized many activities in more than ten countries, aiming to spread Chinese culture and promote communication between China and these countries. So far, ZNU has founded six Confucius Institutes: in Ukraine, Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania, the United States, and South Africa. It has built the most Confucius Institutes in Africa of any Chinese university and the only one to be awarded as an advanced Chinese organization cooperating with Confucius Institute four consecutive times. (By Bao Liang, translated by Wang Junwen, edited by Kendra Fiddler)