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Celebrating Confucius Day in style with 21,000 people at the OzAsia Moon Lantern Festival

For the second year in a row the rain stayed away for this year’s OzAsia Moon Lantern Festival.

With the date of the festival aligning closely with both Confucius Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival, this year’s event saw 21,000 people brave the cold but (mostly) dry weather as they made their way to Elder Park for one of the highlights of the OzAsia festival, and one of the Confucius Institute’s biggest events for 2016.

Crowds line up to get their name written in Chinese

Crowds line up to get their name written in Chinese

Throughout the day Confucius Institute volunteers helped hundreds of locals to write their name in beautiful Chinese calligraphy, taught children how to play with a Chinese ‘Jianzi’ and gave instruction on Chinese water calligraphy. Volunteers also demonstrated Chinese traditional painting and gave music performances on the Guzheng and Erhu. The CI Panda was also very popular, making many new friends!

With the assistance of our staff and volunteers our stands at the festival were full from opening until we closed at nightfall, making way for a very impressive lantern parade.

The Moon Lantern Festival was the first of our OzAsia events, with a music workshop following on the 22nd of September and our annual OzAsia public lecture to follow this Friday.

The Confucius Institute’s Confucius Day celebrations also included our Confucius Classroom launch at William Light, and our lecture on the 30th.

游客们乐享毽子趣味

Learning to play “Chinese Hackysack” with a Jianzi

 

书法国画吸引了众多民众参与

Calligraphy and Chinese art

learning to do Chinese water calligraphy

learning to do Chinese water calligraphy

Panda enjoys Erhu and Guzheng performance!

Panda enjoys Erhu and Guzheng performance!

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