Chinese performances celebrate anniversary of Confucius Institutes

August 28, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Traditional Chinese music, folks dances and Beijing opera will be featured in a Sept. 20 performance to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the world Confucius Institutes, and the seventh anniversary for the Confucius Institute at Purdue.

Student artists from North China Electric Power University from Beijing will perform from 7-9 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. The event is free and open to the public, said Wei Hong, professor of Chinese and director of the institute.

The Confucius Institute at Purdue launched in 2007, and has provided instruction in Chinese language, education, culture and business to hundreds of business representatives, government leaders, community members and K-12 students. The Confucius Institute at Purdue is one of 440 such institutes worldwide that are sponsored by the Chinese Language Council International to develop relationships and understanding between countries.

Purdue's institute also celebrates the Chinese New Year with an annual celebration that attracted more than 800 people last year. The celebration includes folk dances, lion dances and a fashion show. In 2008, the institute also helped prepare communication students who served as media liaisons with the media in Beijing.

The institute also is offering a non-credit Mandarin Chinese language course designed for adult beginners. The class, which is 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays Sept. 17 through Oct. 22, is $120 and registration information is available online

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Sources: Wei Hong, 765-494-3859, 

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