UNSW CI

Bringing together talented students from across New South Wales, the Chinese Language Spectacular has established itself as one of the most prominent Chinese language and culture events of the year.

In 2014, the Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia and the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of NSW jointly produced the inaugural Chinese Language Spectacular at Sydney Town Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Confucius Institute worldwide. More than 400 students from over 30 schools showcased their talents and Chinese language skills to an audience of more than 1000 spectators. Acts included poetry recitals, storytelling, rapping, choirs, musical ensembles and folk dance. 

The official theme of the 2015 Chinese Language Spectacular was “Ancient Chinese Poem Songs”, with more than 700 students from various schools in New South Wales performing songs by famous composer Gu Jianfen, and over 20 other acts featuring song, dance, martial arts and comedy.  The 2015 Spectacular was considerably larger in scale than the previous year and widely expanded its engagement with the Sydney community. Nearly 1500 spectators came to event, including over 200 distinguished guests from the education, industry and political sectors. 

The theme chosen for the 2016 Chinese Language Spectacular was “Harmony and Dreams”, reflecting the hope to build bridges of friendship and encourage our youth to pursue their dreams. In its third year, the Spectacular saw more than 1000 local students performing on stage. In addition to traditional choirs, there was a wide range of performances including song, dance, comedy, musical ensembles, poetry recitals and traditional Chinese opera. The 2016 Chinese Language Spectacular once again helped prompt a boost in Chinese education across schools in New South Wales and in the wider community.