2016 Chinese Language Spectacular
Returning for its third year, the 2016 Sydney Chinese Language Spectacular was held on October 19 at Sydney Town Hall. Jointly organised by the Confucius Institute at UNSW and the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of NSW, the event brought together more than 1000 Chinese language students from primary and secondary schools in NSW to showcase their musical and artistic talents.
This year’s diverse program was coordinated by Abbotsleigh Chinese teacher, Mingyue Zhang, and featured more than 20 exciting acts including impressive choral arrangements, traditional dance, martial arts, comedy, drama sketches, poetry recitals and musical ensembles.
Representing the Confucius Institute at UNSW, was the song and dance act “Let’s Go Ni Hao”. Inspired by the classical Chinese legend of Journey to the West, their dance performance and music video provided a preview for the forthcoming production of an educational children’s program aimed at encouraging Chinese learning. An open call was put out to students interested in getting involved.
One of the evening’s highlights was the three top folk musicians visiting from the PLA Academy of Art, Qiu Jiang, Xu Xiaoyan and Wang Rong. They provided musical accompaniment for the recital of Chinese poem “Prelude to Water Melody” performed by Ravenswood School for Girls, and gave a moving performance of “Butterfly Lovers” with Kambala student Emily Su.
His Excellency Gu Xiaojie, Chinese Consul General in Sydney, delivered the opening address and warmly praised the students on their dedication and enthusiasm for learning Chinese. He also thanked the Confucius Institute at UNSW and the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of NSW for having “done an incredible job in engaging with local schools and communities, and bringing so many people together in celebration of Chinese education and culture”.
Fiona Docherty, Vice President International, Marketing and Communications at UNSW, also commended the students in her speech, applauding their efforts in undertaking such a difficult language and preparing for the evening’s performances. Final speaker of the night, Susan Wyatt, Principal of Mosman High School, affirmed her school’s continued support for initiatives promoting Chinese teaching and culture. She highlighted the special relationship with their sister school Jingshan School in Beijing, as well as the importance of Chinese teaching at Mosman High.
With tickets selling out in advance, the audience was packed with parents, teachers, family and friends of the performers. Among the total of nearly 2000 spectators, VIP guests in attendance included representatives from the NSW Department of Education, officials from the Chinese consulate, school principals and distinguished members of industry.
The 2016 Chinese Language Spectacular was a showcase which successfully encapsulated this year’s official theme of “Harmony and Dreams”, helping to build stronger bridges of friendship between Australia and China, and encouraging the spirit of today’s youth to pursue their dreams.
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