2015 Sydney Chinese Language Spectacular

The 2015 Sydney Chinese Language Spectacular brought Chinese language students from over 40 schools together last night.

On 14 October 2015 the second Sydney Chinese Language Spectacular was held at Sydney Town Hall.

This annual event which began last year is a cooperative venture between the Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of NSW, bringing together Chinese language teachers and students from a range of education institutions (primary and high schools, community Chinese language schools and UNSW Australia) to perform Chinese musical and performing arts items.

Principal reciting poem

Last year there were 450 participating students, and this year the number of performers increased almost twofold, with more than 700 students gracing the stage of Town Hall with their well-rehearsed performances. The items included a range of performances, including poetry-reading, choir singing (a collaborative performance between more than ten schools), modern Chinese language-learning skits, solo performances of the guzheng and suona and even a ballad rendition of Little Apple (小苹果).

The stands were packed full of parents, family and friends of the performers, as well as teachers, principals, Chinese consuls and distinguished guests from the education and corporate sectors. The opening three speeches were made by Ms Tang Ying, Deputy Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney, Professor Iain Martin, Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), UNSW Australia and Chair of the Board of Confucius Institute at UNSW Australia, and Ms Vicki Steer, Principal, Ravenswood School for Girls. Each of the distinguished speakers made reference to the importance of Chinese language and culture education and wished the students good luck.

Professor Iain Martin
Traditional Chinese Fan Dance

Not that they needed luck. The students performed remarkably, with each item receiving an enthusiastic applause from the audience. Last night’s event simply goes to show how important it is to provide a platform for students to show the fruits of their study. It was obvious from the face of each student on stage and the standing ovation after the final act that the audience will remember all they learnt from the Chinese cultural performances, and that the students will be even more motivated to continue learning Chinese in the future.

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