"Understanding and Peace"—Confucius Institute Day Celebrations
September 30, 2015
On September 30th, The Confucius Institute at The University of Texas at Dallas hosted a series of events on campus to commemorate the ending of the second World War and celebrate the second Confucius Institute Day. The theme of the celebration was "understanding and peace." There were three major activities during the daylong event: an exhibition of traditional Chinese arts, a calligraphy contest, and a performance of traditional Chinese music. Several dozen paintings and calligraphy works by ten artists from China and the Dallas area were exhibited in the Clark Center hall. Around 117 students from local schools (who are learning Chinese language and culture) participated in the calligraphy competition. The first place winners were Rachel Elizabeth Parrill, Olivia Brown, and Jayden-Faith Fraser. The Students' Traditional Music Orchestra from Nanjing University, China, presented an exciting concert of Chinese and American music, using traditional Chinese musical instruments. An audience of around 500 people watched and enjoyed the performance. Most of these people were young Chinese learners from local schools’ Confucius Classrooms affiliated with the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute Day was a happy gathering of people with multiple cultures and traditions.